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Posted by Mongo on April 25th, 2003 09:56 PM
In reply to Heated Floor - Pros? Cons? Costs to operate? by JudyW on April 25th, 2003 12:36 PM [Go to top of thread]

Radiant floor heat is without a doubt, the most comfortable form of mainstream heat that's available.

Things to consider with the electric mat form of RFH...

I live in CT, and electric would kill me here. Electric is more affordable in other areas of the country, make sure that you're in one of those areas!

I'm guessing the family room is a large area? Consider using cable instead of the mats. With cables, you attach clips to the floor and run cable back and forth and back and forth and back and...

Up-front material costs are easier on the wallet and it's quite flexible in layout. Still, electric RFH is often used as a supplemental form of heat instead of the main form of heat.

Cost to operate is tough to say. If you know the room size you can often use the manufacturer's estimatation pages to get an idea of electrical useage per square foot. Then get into your Kwh costs for an estimated monthly bill.

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