Walking barefoot on heated floors in the middle of winter is the ultimate in luxury.
When we bought our house, it was already equipped with a boiler heating system. The boiler was linked to radiators in each of the rooms. While the boiler operated reliably, quietly and efficiently, I wasn’t happy with the radiators. They made a hissing sound whenever they started up and became dangerously hot to the touch. I was terrified the kids or the dog would get burned. Plus, those radiators were ugly and required manual adjustment. While each one featured an independent thermostat, I didn’t like having to turn them on and off depending on occupancy of the various rooms. When my husband and I finally saved up enough money to tackle a major remodeling project, I was determined to make updates to the heating system. I called a local HVAC contractor for a consultation. I told him our plans to tear out the old floors, and he suggested installing radiant floor heating. Retrofitting the pipes into our home was a bit expensive but it was definitely worth it. The entire heating system is now hidden beneath the floors. It takes up no living space, never detracts from aesthetics and makes no noise. It is completely safe and spreads the heat evenly across the floors. Walking barefoot on heated floors in the middle of winter is the ultimate in luxury. Plus, the floors are controlled by wifi thermostats which allows access from an app on my smartphone. Each room is able to be adjusted remotely and independently. The radiant floors still link to the boiler but are way more energy efficient than the old radiators. We’ve not only improved the look and feel of the house, but we’re saving money on our heating bills.