If you are getting new flooring in your bedroom, this would be the perfect time to add radiant floor heating. This will not only let you have warm, toasty feet each morning when you get out of bed, but can help keep your entire room warmer. Below is some more information about two types of radiant floor heating you can choose from.
Electric Radiant Floor Heat
With this type of radiant floor heating, the contractor will place radiant mats on the sub floor in your bedroom. The mats are then covered up with whatever you are using for your new flooring, such as wood floors. The mat contains coils that are warmed by electricity, and you control the temperature via a thermostat. If you want no heat, simply turn the thermostat all the way down.
When you turn on the electric heating, the coils heat up and then transfer this warmth to your floor. Once this happens, the heat radiates throughout the room.
It does take time for the electric coils to heat up. To take care of this problem, you can use your thermostat, as it is programmable. Simply set the floor to start heating a couple of hours before you get out of bed. You can leave it running all day if you prefer or you can turn it off and set it to come on a few hours before you need to have a warm floor again in the evening.
Hydronic Radiant Heat
Hydronic radiant heat is another floor heating option you have for your bedroom. With this, the contractor will place water tubes on the floor. If there will be a concrete base used for your bedroom flooring, the tubes are placed first and then the contractor pours the concrete over the tubing. If your bedroom has a sub floor, the water tubes are attached to the aluminum flashing on the floor. Once installed, the hot water runs through the water tubes, which then heat up the concrete or the sub floor.
If you would like this type of floor heating, you will have to have a water heater or a boiler to provide hot water for the water tubes. As with the electric floor heating, you control the heat via a thermostat.
A contractor can go over the pros and cons of these types of radiant floor heating systems with you to help you choose what would work best for your bedroom. Contact a company like Feldman Brothers Electrical Supply Co to learn more.