The Pros and Cons of Heated Flooring

If you’ve ever stepped into a home with heated flooring on a cold winter day, you know just how wonderful radiant floor heating can be. It’s luxurious, cozy, and convenient, but it can also be pricy and potentially complicated to install.

Do the positives outweigh the negatives when it comes to heated flooring? Let’s find out.

The Pros 

Increased Comfort – The most undeniable positive of heated flooring is the added comfort it can bring to your home. Controlling the temperature of your flooring means never stepping onto chilly kitchen tiles when you come down for breakfast in the morning.

More Control Over House Temperature – Heated flooring remains consistent in the heat it gives off, and it spreads heat around evenly. Traditional HVAC heating systems are reliant on both the outdoor and indoor temperatures to dictate when they turn on and off and can be inconsistent in their ability to evenly heat a home. With heated flooring, you have far greater control over the temperature of your home.

Energy Efficient – In spite of the costly installation, heated flooring may actually be a great option if you’re looking to save money on your heating bill. The electrical system used to heat the floor is very energy efficient, often requiring less energy than any other type of heating system. And with the heat beginning on the floor, our bodies are able to absorb more of it than they can with other heating systems, meaning it takes less energy to get the house to a desirable temperature.

The Cons

Expensive to Install – It’s been said before, but it bears repeating: heated flooring can be costly to install. The materials themselves can cost up to $16 per square foot, and unless you’ve got a number of years doing flooring and electrical work under your belt, you’re going to have to hire licensed HVAC contractors to do the work for you

Heat Up Time – Depending on the size of the room and the type of flooring, heated floors can take a while to get warmed up. While this can be partially mitigated using a programmable thermostat, it still takes a bit away from the convenience and the luxury of the heating system.

Raised Floors – In order for the heating system to fit into your house’s floors, they’re going to need to be raised about a half-inch or more. Depending on how your home is constructed, this can cause a number of issues. Raised floors can be a tripping hazard and they may require the modification of other parts of the home.