We’ve all come home, kicked off our shoes after a long day and made our way to the couch before, but walking across a cold floor isn’t so great. Whether you prefer the comfort of socks, slippers, or bare feet, nothing says luxury like a heated floor, especially in the winter months ahead. After all, we’ll be spending more time indoors as the snow and cold air blow around outside and the temperature continues to fall. So why not enjoy the added warmth a heated floor can provide? More specifically, what radiant floor heating can provide.
What Is Radiant Floor Heating Anyway?
It’s actually a very straightforward process. Radiant floor heating consists of 3 different methods of heating your floor. While each method is unique, they all focus on running a heating system under your flooring in order to keep it the perfect temperature for you.
Electric Floor Heating
- Electric cables and mats
- Often paired with higher density flooring
Usually, this method of radiant floor heating involves the use of cables being fed under the floor to warm a given area. However, electric mats can also be installed to incorporate radiant floor heating as well. One thing to be aware of with this type of electric heating is that it works best when paired with a floor that can retain heat. The thicker the material of the floor, the longer the heat can be stored, requiring less energy. Overall, a professional radiant floor heating installer can work with you to explain the details and best practises for this method of heating your floors.
Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating
- Uses water like a boiler
- Leak-resistant, non-toxic piping
Probably the most efficient of the 3 options would be hydronic radiant floor heating. This method operates similarly to the way a boiler works. It incorporates tubes under a given area of your floor and has water pumped through them. The water is heated to a hot enough temperature to heat the floor and remains in the tubes until the temperature drops. Once it cools a bit, the water is circulated back to the boiler to be heated again. Hydronic floor heating is the most efficient since it uses the same water in a closed system, and doesn’t require much energy to heat. Consult with a local radiant floor heating professional for more information on this style of floor heating.
Air-Heated Radiant Flooring
- Uses air to heat your floors
Sad to say, but this is the least efficient way to heat your floors. Air-heated radiant flooring doesn’t allow for the air to stay in one spot, which makes it harder to regulate and stay warm. This is still an option of course, but it would most likely cost more due to the additional energy required to get your floor consistently warm. And since things are expensive enough in Toronto and the GTA, this may not be your best option.
The Best Time To Install Radiant Floor Heating
The short answer is, when you are making renovations to your home. Now of course you can start with planning your floor heating first and build up, whatever you prefer. In our experience, this luxury is easiest to install when you are making other renovations since floors may be getting redone or replaced and would give easy access to installing floor heating.
Floor Heating Professionals
As you probably already know, Toronto and the GTA is a big place with plenty of self-proclaimed experts waiting to offer their services. You’ll need to invest a bit of time asking the right questions and maybe even comparing a few different professionals before hiring someone. Or you could always go with a brand that has over 35 years of experience and has built a reputation on delivering customer satisfaction. Novel Care is equipped with a dedicated team of real professionals that can work with you to get what you need on a budget you can afford. Contact us at 416-921-0000 to ask about radiant floor heating and we’d gladly set up a time to assess your home for a solution that works for you. Indulge in radiant floor heating with Novel Care and live in luxury this winter.