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Heated Floors for Your Home

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What do you think when you hear “Luxury”? Do you think of marble columns? Maybe golden toilets and owning your very own pet tiger? We all have a different idea of what luxury feels like, but one thing we can agree on is owning a tiger is probably out of our price range.

But what if you could afford some great luxurious upgrades for your home you may not have even thought of? Here’s one that usually is not on homeowners’ minds when renovating; heated floors. I mean, who wouldn’t want heated floors? If you have ever dreaded going into the bathroom on a winter's day solely on the basis of that cold tile floor, then you may have considered installing radiant floor heating in your house.



The most popular type of radiant floor heating is called electric radiant heat. Individual wires or wire mesh is sandwiched between the floor and the subfloor. Less popular types are hydronic radiant heat and radiant air floors. Hydronic radiant heat involves running hot water through tubes under the floor. Radiant air floors have tubes of hot air, rather than water, running under the floor. Here’s what you need to know before getting your feet all toasty warm:

  1. Types of flooring.

Electric radiant heating systems work best when installed under tile, stone, and marble flooring.

It can also be installed under hardwood, vinyl, and wall to wall carpet, however the system will not function at its best. The reason why these floor coverings do not work well with electric radiant heating is because they act as insulators, blocking the heat from the room.

  1. Low Heat.

Electric radiant heating systems provide a low heat under floors. This low heat slowly builds up and makes the flooring warm to the touch, and heats the room up a bit. Radiant heat systems can heat floors up to as high as 95 degrees F.

This means it will be safe and easy to use; however it will need to be kept on most of the time or it will take a while to heat up. This can add some to your electricity bill.

  1. Basic Costs.

The cost of installing heated floors can vary but you need to address the following:

•Heat and Air Repair

•Water Boiler

•Heat Pump Costs

•Combi Boiler Servicing

•Heat System

According to a reputable supplier, to install an electric radiant floor heating system in a 10 ft. by 8 ft. (80 total feet) room will cost roughly $861. This price includes their mat, programmable thermostat, a splicing kit, and shipping and handling.



Cost to Operate Electric Radiant Heating

 While it depends on where you are located and the cost of electricity there, you can figure on costs of about $0.50 to $1.00 per day, if the system runs 24 hours a day (regulated by thermostat). A more realistic estimate would be about $0.25-$0.35 per day, keeping the system running within a zone of 8 hours a day in an 8' x 10' bathroom.

  1. Pros and Cons of Radiant Floor Heating


  • Electric radiant heating systems can retain heat for a long time, even after the power is turned off.
  • It’s a discreet way of heating a floor. With the right temperature setting, it's difficult to even detect that the radiant heat is on.
  • It can help reduce overall heating costs--your HVAC or space heaters do not have to run as hard to heat up the flooring.




  • It’s difficult to install retroactively. You would need to take up all your flooring to install the mesh underneath it and most times that means replacing the flooring completely.
  • Its more effective at warming the floor surface "to the touch," rather than heating the entire room (though it is possible to use radiant floor heating as your primary heat source depending on your geographical location, as well as other factors).
  • It uses electricity, which is typically an expensive way to provide heat.
  • Broken wires are trapped between flooring surfaces and are difficult to repair.

Come see us at Happy Floors for all your heated flooring needs!