Everyone loves getting the bathroom all to themselves, especially in a busy household. You get in there, lock the door behind you, and get ready to start your day, or decompress after a long one. Whether it’s a hot shower or a nice soak in the tub, the ambience of peace and quiet is truly worth your full attention. The only thing that could ruin it is a cold floor of course. Walking across cold tile can send a shiver up your back and take you right out of relaxation mode. Good thing there’s something you can do about it though. And it’s not as costly as you might think. In-floor heating has come a long way, but has always been associated with luxury. Take a look below and familiarize yourself with the benefits of having in-floor heating installed.
What’s In-Floor Heating?
In the interest of keeping this simple, let’s skip the technical jargon here. Simply put, in-floor heating is the process of heating your floors to a comfortable temperature so you’re always warm, no matter how cold it gets outside. There are 3 methods to consider, but they all work to heat the floors of your home.
Electric In-Floor Heating
- Cables and mats under your flooring
- Works best with high density flooring options
In the case of electric in-floor heating, cables and mats are installed under the desired floors in your home. These are out of sight but certainly one of the more effective options to keep your feet toasty warm. The one thing to keep in mind here is that electric radiant floor heating is most efficient when installed under a thicker flooring material, such as concrete. This stores the heat better, and stays warmer longer to avoid constantly pulling energy to heat the floor. However, this can be used with any flooring you have and you should consult with an in-floor heating specialist to establish what works best for your specific situation.
Hydronic In-Floor Heating
- Heats water through a boiler
- Non-toxic and leak-resistant plastic piping
When it comes to efficiency, hydronic in-floor heating is the way to go. Just like a boiler, this method uses water and piping to keep your floors evenly warm all winter. The water flows through plastic pipes that are tested and designed to operate without leaks. Best of all, water is warmed from a boiler and distributed to the desired area of the home, but once it cools, it is returned to the boiler to be reheated. That means hydronic radiant floor heating is a contained closed circuit system and doesn’t require constant draining and refilling of water. For further details, you should make an appointment or talk to an expert familiar with hydronic in-floor heating.
In-Floor Heating – Air
- Air is heated to warm your floors
Unfortunately, this isn’t one of those “save the best for last” scenarios. It’s actually the opposite. In-floor heating by using air is the least efficient of the 3 methods. Since air can’t really be contained, it is harder to heat and maintain. That makes it a bit more expensive to use as an in-floor heating option. And we all know Toronto and the GTA can be expensive enough without adding more fuel to the fire.
Is It Difficult To Install?
The thing to remember about in-floor heating is that it goes underneath your floor. Whether it’s tile in the kitchen or bathroom or hardwood in the den or bedroom, the best thing to do is to try to make this installation during renovations or while other repairs are being made at home. When things are being upgraded, or if floors are still exposed, that is the ideal time for in-floor heating since it requires a professional to go below the flooring to handle the installation.
Where Can I Find An In-Floor Heating Installer?
With Toronto and the GTA being such a big place, there is surely no shortage of handymen or self-proclaimed professionals out there to offer you a hand. Everyone seems to know someone they’d recommend, but that doesn’t make them a professional. At Phoenix Heating & Cooling, we’ve spent over 30 years dedicating ourselves to installing quality HVAC services our clients can count on. Our customer service is second to none, and we take pride in offering in-floor heating installation as well as a wide variety of HVAC maintenance, installation and protection plans. Contact us today (647-243-3570) to get started and don’t be shy about asking us questions. At Phoenix Heating & Cooling, we strongly pride ourselves on being able to help our clients make informed decisions, so they always get what they deserve. Let us keep you warm this winter!