Guys, let me ask you a question: “Do you think your wife or significant other really enjoys wearing those big fuzzy slippers she asked for at Christmas?” Maybe yes, but it is just as likely she’s tired of having cold feet around the house and would rather go barefoot or with just socks on. Climate Control Company, your heating and air conditioning experts for Aspen and the entire Western Slope, has the answer: Radiant floor heating. A little piece of luxury to help get through a long Colorado winter.
In-floor heating is now the most common form of hydronic heat in the home. A system of pipes installed under the floor carries warm water. The water is most often heated by a high efficiency boiler. The warmth radiates up from the floor throughout the room, warming other objects and transferring the heat to the air. It’s the same principle as the warmth you feel on your face from the sunshine streaming through the window. The sunlight warms objects, which then radiate heat to warm the air. Radiant heat comes with many advantages:
- No blowing air carrying dirt, dust and allergens
- Different rooms can be set to different temperatures
- There are no noisy fans or blowers
Radiant heat is ideal in new construction or major remodels because there is no need to install ductwork. It’s also why radiant is usually more efficient than forced air heating. There’s also no heat loss as the conditioned air moves through the ducts. All of those are good reasons to consider radiant, but for some, the most important advantage is the feeling of luxury. The floor under your bare feet is always warm, no matter how cold it is outside.
If you already have radiant floor heating, don’t neglect regular maintenance. It’s easy to let it slide because the system works so quietly, you forget it’s even there. You don’t have to worry about fans and blowers and changing filters, but a boiler requires regular maintenance for safe operation, and water treatments are necessary to prevent corrosion.
Guys, we’re not saying she doesn’t like the slippers you bought her. They are cute, really. But it’s not quite the same as the luxury of having a warm floor when the wind and snow are whipping through the canyons and trees. Call Climate Control Company for all of your heating and air conditioning needs. After you learn more about the luxury of adding radiant floor heating to your home, you can already start making plans to buy her something really nice for your next Christmas. You know, something sparkly and precious to make her forget about the slippers