Heated floors have come a long way in the last few years!
Let’s look at the pros and cons of heated floors:
- Which system to use? Heated floors are either electric or hydronic. The electric system uses a layout of electric cables under your floor to provide heat. It is affordable, easy to install and perfect for a retrofit of smaller rooms. The hydronic system has tubing running under your floor that circulates a boiler-heated glycol mixture. It’s an extremely efficient system once it’s running, but can be more expensive and complicated to install. It can also serve to cool your home, which an electric system cannot do.
- What type of flooring is best? Floor tiles, laminate flooring and engineered wood are perfect over a heated floor in your Calgary home—they are excellent conductors and won’t expand and contract. Natural stone from a reputable Calgary flooring store is also an excellent choice. On the other hand, wall-to-wall carpeting is not recommended over your heated floor in Calgary (because of its insulating properties) and, in some instances, neither is natural hardwood flooring—it could warp or buckle if you use a humidifier in winter or use your hydronic system to cool your home in summer. Talk to an expert at a Calgary flooring store for more about floor tiles, laminate flooring or hardwood flooring.
- Unparalleled comfort. Heated floors provide a steady, uniform heat—unlike conventional systems that cycle on and off (cold to hot) and can leave areas in a room away from vents or baseboards cold and uncomfortable.
- Silent. Heatedfloors are not just quiet—they’re absolutely silent. No forced air roaring through ductwork!
- Clean. People who suffer from allergies will appreciate this: heated floors do not circulate dust, mildew and allergens through the house like conventional heating systems do.
- Difficult retrofit. If you are building a new house or doing significant renovations on your existing home that include replacing your floors, then opting for heated floors may be the outstanding choice for you. If you want to keep your existing floors intact, however, retrofitting a hydronic heated floor is nearly impossible. There are ways you can install an electric system, though. Talk to a pro at a Calgary flooring store to find out how!