Designers Northwest, Inc.

Typically, the primary heat source in a home will heat the air first, then the people in the room feel warmer. But if you step out of the shower onto the tile, or a baby crawls across a kitchen floor, the surface may still feel cold even if the temperature in the home is warm. While a cool floor may feel good in the heat of the summer and may even be your dog’s favorite place to sprawl on a hot day, there’s nothing like a toasty floor to greet your feet when you get out of the shower or out of bed in the morning. This may seem like a type of luxury only found in a spa or premium hotel, but heated flooring has become a popular home remodeling trend as people are finding how they can have this kind of warmth and comfort in their own home. Besides comfort and a sense of luxury, there are other benefits to heated flooring:

– It doesn’t make noise
– It’s hypoallergenic
– It’s energy efficient
– It requires very little maintenance

While heated floors usually can’t serve as the primary heat source for a home, they can supplement the primary heat source by warming a home’s “cold” spots caused by tile flooring, cement slab, or unheated crawl spaces. The rooms most common for heated flooring installation are kitchens and bathrooms. And imagine if even the shower floor and bench itself is heated! The heated surfaces can also be set with a programmable thermostat to turn on in the morning and shut off at a specific time. Wi-Fi thermostats allow for these settings to be adjusted from an app on your phone.

Heated floors have come a long way in the last 20 years with a variety of options available. Most heated flooring units can be installed under almost any tile surface.

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