The Pros and Cons of Having Heated Flooring throughout Your Home

by Editor on July 25, 2013

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Have you ever gotten out of bed early in the morning, only to step onto your bathroom floor and have chills radiate throughout your body? A big part of the reason why so many of us sleep in our socks or we keep slippers beside our bed is because, especially in the winter time, the non-carpeted floors within our homes can tend to be pretty cool if not close to freezing. And while you could add a few throw rugs around your home to make it easier to bear, there is another solution to consider: installing some heated flooring throughout your home.

If that’s something that you’d like to know more about, in the effort of helping you to make the best decision for your house, we have enclosed some of the pros and cons of having heated floors below.

The Pros of Heated Flooring

Being that heated floors are actually considered to be a luxury addition to a home, you can probably guess that they come with many benefits. For one thing, because they can get up to as high as 95 degrees (Fahrenheit), they are ideal in any climate. Another thing that people like about them is that they tend to keep your floors warm long after you turn them off. But perhaps two of the best reasons to consider installing some is that they are made from fairly inexpensive materials (an 80 sq. ft. floor will run you between $800-1200) and they are also a wonderful energy saver. As a matter of fact, they can result in your energy bill being less than if you used a traditional HVAC or even a space heater.

The Cons of Heated Flooring

As you can see, there are all kinds of reasons why having heated floors installed into your home is a wonderful idea. However, there are a few others things that we want to make you aware of; ones that you might consider to be potential disadvantages. Probably the biggest issue is that when you’re installing heated floors, you’re not going to be able to do it without putting in some new tile too. Not only that, but there’s a pretty good chance that you’re also going to have to do some work to the thermostat on your wall (which might require that you repair or replace your HVAC unit). Something else to keep in mind is that while heated floors will help to keep your feet warm, very rarely are they effective enough to warm up an entire room. Also, if you have floors made of wood, vinyl or carpet, you’re not going to get the same kinds of results as you will with tile. And finally, although it doesn’t cost a ton of money to have heated floors put in, it tends to be quiet expensive to get them repaired. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a qualified installer meet with you at your home to discuss any questions that you might have ahead of time so that you can be sure that heated floors won’t just be a “nice thing to have” but will ultimately prove to be a wise home investment too.

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