On a cold day, one of the last things you might want when walking around barefoot is to discover that the floor is cold. The good news is that there are technologies that will keep the floor warm for you. Using resistance cables to heat the floor makes perfect sense, since these cables can be placed underneath the floor easily. But you might also notice that some floor heating systems use water instead and may wonder which option may be the best for you.


With an electric floor heating system, a thermostat and heat sensors placed throughout the floor work together to keep the floor at a suitable temperature. You can then manipulate the thermostat in order to control how hot or cold the floor is. This is an easy home addition and is great for when you only need to heat a certain section of your home, such as a cold bathroom floor. It is surprisingly affordable to install floor heating and it also costs a cent a day to keep your floor warm even during cold winter nights. However, it can be challenging to move the cable through a finished wall in order to reach the section of the home you wish to heat, so it is best to install an electric floor heating system when you are building your home or during a major home renovation. 


A hydronic heating system relies on a hot water heater or boiler to heat water. The heated water is then circulated under the floor through tubes or pipes. Heat is released from the heated water to keep your feet warm. Since you likely already have a hot water heater for your showers, it makes sense to also use the hot water heater to keep your feet warm. However, it is also important to make sure that the hot water heater has the capacity to heat your floor. A hydronic heating system is more effective for heating all of the floors throughout your home. However, because this system uses both electrical components and plumbing, a layman is unlikely to have the expertise to be able to install this system properly.

Because of the potential risks of installing a floor heating system, it is best that you contact a plumber or electrician, such as from Feldman Brothers Electrical Supply Co, for advice on the best route. The cost will be higher initially, but you will save more money if your floor heating system does not cause damage to your home.