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The Pros and Cons of Heated Flooring

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The Pros and Cons of Heated Flooring

Heated flooring, already quite popular in Asia and Europe, has been gaining popularity in the U.S. This unique system operates quietly and helps promote better indoor air quality since it doesn’t involve ductwork and vents while remaining out of sight. Before deciding if it’s right for your home, see the advantages and disadvantages of installing heated floors.

Ideal for Cold Climates

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Having heated floor panels across your home gives you uniform heat, even during those frosty Maryland winters. Unlike normal HVAC systems that kick on once your house hits a certain temperature, heated floors provide subtle heat that lasts all day without the annoyance of temperature changes or a loud system.

Efficient Heating

Because heat rises, having heated floors may be the most efficient way to keep your house warm during cold months. Plus, since the heat is coming from the floor, you’re not losing warm air to ceilings or corners. On average, heated floors can help you save about 15% on your heating bill. If you’re considering installing heated floors, porcelain, stone, and ceramic are the best tiles to retain heat and help keep costs done.

Large Upfront Cost

After purchasing the floor, you’ll still have to hire an electrician to connect the floor system to a power supply, which will be costly. If you want to install heated floors in an already built home, consider electric-based floors over water-based floors. Water-based floor systems usually cost about three times more than electric systems and are often installed in new construction or renovation projects.

Raised Floor Height

Heated flooring systems can raise your floor height by one inch with the combined floor system and insulation boards installed underneath the floors. This may sound insignificant, but this height difference can cause a potential trip hazard, as well as call for modifying your doors to fit the new floor height.

Whether you decide to install a heated floor system or not, you can count on Bode Floors for beautiful flooring options. We offer an array of styles, including hardwood floor, carpet, vinyl, and more to customers throughout the Baltimore metro area. We sell directly to the public from our showroom, so schedule an appointment at our showroom today!

By MicheleSarsitis@cbflooring.com | November 16th, 2020