This whole kitchen renovation crap started almost a year ago when I decided to install a new floor in my kitchen. Just a floor. Nothing else. I was going to rip up my old ceramic floor and lay down some professional grade vinyl tile. 2 week job. Tops.
Then heated floors occurred to me. My house is a succession of add-ons starting with the original 1840 house, then the 1910 addition, then the 1940s addition, and finally the 1990s addition. Anything built past 1840 is crap.
The kitchen appears to have been built without any insulating properties at all. So while the older front of the house is always a comfortable temperature in the winter the kitchen is always 15 degrees below comfortable.
Over the years I’ve insulated the ceiling and some of the walls but nothing could be done about the floor. There’s no basement underneath the room and I had ceramic tiles.
NOW was my chance to do something about it.
I could install heated floors. HEATED FLOORS!
The thing that made my heated floors so anti-climactic was the fact that I finished installing them in May, the exact time around here that things start to warm up.
So after installing them and posting about them, I could never really talk about how well they worked.
Enter the winter of the Polar Vortex. There couldn’t have been a more wintery winter to test these floors out.
The thing I like most about these heated floors is the fact that you can program them like you would your furnace. So they can be warm and toasty throughout the day and less warm while you’re in bed. In my case I have the kitchen floors go off at night, but keep the bathroom on because … well … everyone wants a nice warm floor at 4 in the morning when they have to get up to pee.
The thing that surprised me most, that I wasn’t expecting, was the fact that heated floors don’t only heat the floors, they heat the entire room. The heat radiates out and brings the entire temperature of the room up by several degrees.
I did an experiment in my bathroom to prove the point. I put a thermometer to take the ambient temperature with the floors ON and then again took it with the floors OFF to see how big an effect having the floors on has on the temperature of the room.
Here are the results.
Total cost of Warmly Yours flooring for a small bathroom: $300
Cost to operate them: For me it would be $40 a month to run the kitchen and bathroom 24 hours a day. That’s $240 to run them from October – March if I never turn them off. Obviously this would be cheaper if you only do them in your bathroom. Warmly Yours has a handy calculator you can use to see how much it would cost you to run the floors.
Temperature increase of entire room during extreme Polar Vortex: 6 degrees fahrenheit, 4 degrees celsius.
Would I do it again? Recommend it? Tell others to rip up their floors so they can put these babies down? Yes. Yes I would. And do on a regular basis.