Heated Flooring Pros and Cons
Every Think about installing Heated Flooring?
Heated flooring is a newer feature available in homes these days, while you may be considering adding heated flooring to your new home, there are a lot of questions to ask before you put your money into this luxury feature. If you’re looking for another level of comfort in your home, it’s a great option, but it does come with a hefty price tag. Here’s what you should consider when deciding which way to go:
- Durable and Reliable. This method of heating lasts longer than a regular home furnace, with proper care it can last up to 35 years!
- Comfortable. There is NO better feeling than a warm floor on a cold day! Especially when you first get out of the shower, no one enjoys stepping on cold tiles, so bathrooms are particularly a popular options for heated flooring.
- Can Saves you money in the Long term. Since radiant floor heating warms from the floor up, you’ll be able to set your thermostat at a lower temperature and still feel just as warm as you would.
- Quiet. Because it does not require a blower, there is no extra noise produced when running it. Keeping the peace and quiet.
- Distributes heat evenly and consistently throughout each room. There isn’t one side of the room or the corners being warmer that another.
- Better for Allergy Sufferers. Since traditional central air heating pushes dust, dirt and pollen through the vents and around your home. Heated floors reduces the extra allergens in the air.
- Customizable. Electric floor heating allows for the option of only having heated flooring in certain rooms, so you can customize where you want it.
- Hidden. Since they are in your floors your home has more space and less unattractive radiators.
- Versatile. Can be installed under any flooring. So you aren’t limited to one specific type or style you have to have in your home.
- Profitable. Increases the value of your home, since this is a luxury feature this boosts your homes value and can add a lot of value.
- Costly. Installation will cost more than replacing a furnace, and hydronic systems are more expensive than electric.
- Not ideal for Older homes, as you will have to tear out existing flooring in order to install them. Wait until it’s time for a remodel before considering it.
- Repairs are costly. Because the system is under the floor, this also means repairs to the system are more costly as well. Since heating elements are out of sight, it can be hard to find the problem area.
- Slower to warm up the house than traditional heating. Especially true for water heating, which can take a few hours to circulate enough hot water to warm the home (but since they retain heat well, this allows for use in off peak hours, saving your utility bills).
So if you’re considering heated floorings currently or simple read this to learn more about the benefits and down points of heated flooring we hope you’ve taken something valuable away from this short read. As professionals in the real estate field we want any improvements that you do to and for your home to benefit the homeowner in the long run, always weigh the pros and cons in every addition to your home.