I would appreciate to tear out my gas furnace, air duct and all of the vents and update the plan with radiant flooring.
- If it were cost-effective to totally change-out the oil furnace, I would invest in a boiler.
The boiler would install in the basement and affix to a series of pipes under the floors. The components of the heating plan would be entirely concealed. They wouldn’t detract from aesthetics, take up lavish living space or require myself and others to arrange my furniture around them. The radiant floor heating plan would operate silently, require no service and never introduce dust or other contaminants into the air. With radiant flooring, the heat is spread evenly across the surface of the floor from corner to corner! Everything that touches the floor gets warmed up to further radiate heat. Because there are no drafts or frigid surfaces, it’s possible to set a lower thermostat setting without sacrificing comfort. Plus, radiant heat doesn’t overly dry out the air, avoiding the need for a humidifier. The heat rises slowly upward and the temperature between floor and ceiling never varies more than 3 degrees from the thermostat setting. I appreciate that radiant flooring allows for zone control. With a thermostat in each room, I wouldn’t need to pay to heat unused areas of the house. Each family member could set the thermostat in their living room to their liking. The living room wouldn’t always believe a little colder than the rest of the apartment because of the large windows. I’d save money every month on my energy costs. If I ever have the opportunity to design and build my own house, it will be equipped with radiant radiant floors.