There’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning and having to roll out of your warm bed, just to feel your feet hit the cold, hard ground. Not to mention walking into your unwelcoming tile bathroom to start getting ready- especially in the winter. It’s this specific reason that radiant floor heaters have come to be such a luxury feature in the custom home community. They can make starting your day just a little bit easier!
While they may seem like a gimmick to some, there is actually one sound reason why investing in radiant floor heating may be a good idea for your home- heat rises. By focusing on heating the floor rather than cranking up the air-heat, you’ll find that the air naturally rises to warm the rest of the room. In turn, your space will be more evenly heated.
However, it isn’t a cheap feature to install. Choosing to install floor heaters in smaller areas of your home will get you more for your money. Bathrooms are a popular choice because their floors are usually furnished with cooler materials such as tile or concrete. Also, this a room where you’ll be walking around barefoot more often than not.
Luckily, with more people taking an interest, radiant floor heating is becoming more affordable. Install costs tend to average at about $7 per square foot, meaning the average master bathroom would run around $700. In the long run, however, many people find them to be a cost-effective solution when it comes to heating their homes. Their thermostats are programmable, much like your average home thermostat, meaning you can program them to come on only at certain times in order to maintain a steady temperature- meaning they’re very energy efficient.
Compared to heating a room with the air conditioner, radiant floor heat warms the floor and bottom half of the room first, where you exist in your home, meaning you’ll feel more comfortable. These systems are more effective in achieving a suitable temperature, and you’ll waste less money and energy getting there. You may even find that you’re able to keep the temperature a few degrees lower than you typically would, and still feel cozy.
So, are they worth it? If you’re building a new custom home or remodeling a bathroom, installing the radiant heating floors are a wonderful addition. You’ll end up feeling more comfortable in your bathroom, and you may even find that you’re saving a little money and energy in the long run. Not to mention the resale value that comes with a feature such as this one!