How To Save Money With Heated Tile Floors
With cooler days approaching many are thinking of their furnace or fireplace and whether they are in good running order. A better and perhaps more efficient way of heating certain rooms in your home is through radiant heated tile floors. Heating a home in this way may just be one of the smartest choices a homeowner can make when it comes to staying warm in the colder months.
So what is radiant heat? Radiant heat warms from underneath the tiles. Radiant floors are usually heated in one of two ways: electric resistance cables under the flooring or hydronic heating where hot water flows inside plastic tubing installed under the floors. Whether building or renovating, let’s look at how to save money with heated floors.
Lower energy costs
A radiant heating system is more efficient than forced air or baseboard heat because it saves from any heat loss through ducts. Also, heating costs go down. With electric cables, it takes little electricity to do the job. When using hydronic heating there is a choice of energy sources used to heat the water that flows through the tubing. Choice allows for savings. Gas, oil, solar, or a combination are just some of the options. Professionals like those at JBG Tile & Contracting can discuss the best systems to work for you with energy savings in mind.
While radiant heat is already energy-efficient due to its even distribution and heating of the lower half of the room, when properly insulated, heated floors bring further savings. There are a variety of ways that a floor can be properly insulated depending on whether it is installed on a concrete slab, wood, or under wood joists and upon how cold winters are in your area. An expert will know how to properly install the insulation so as to enhance the heating properties of your system.
It pays for itself
Though radiant heat may cost more to install initially, it does pay for itself in the long run with energy savings calculated at 30 percent per year. Recent improvements of materials and simplification of installation could translate into lower labor costs. Most installations are covered by a manufacturer’s warranty of 25 years. Additionally, the resale value of your home improves with radiant heat floors.
Whether constructing a new home or renovating your current home contact us to learn about adding radiant heat under your tile floors so you can enjoy years of warmth and savings.