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The Flooring Upgrade Hilary Farr Says Is Absolutely Worth The Splurge
According to HGTV’s "Love It or List It" host and designer Hilary Farr, heated floors are a flooring upgrade that can change both the look and the feel of your home.
In-floor heating, also known as radiant floor heating, is more energy efficient than other systems, as heat rises up from the floors, creating warmth throughout the house.
There are three different types of radiant heating, but your choice will depend on your home. Hydronic radiant heating systems use a boiler to heat the water in your pipes.
Hydronic heating is the most energy-efficient and least expensive option, but it does pose the risk of burst pipes, which can be costly and even potentially dangerous.
The second type, air radiant, uses heated air to heat the home, while the third and most popular form of in-floor heating, electric radiant, uses electric coils to heat the floors.
Electric radiant heating is low maintenance and safer, but it will cost you, as it is commonly the most expensive form of in-floor heating.
On average, if you are looking to heat a 1,000-square-foot home, you will likely spend between $7,000-$22,000 for hydronic heating or $8,000-$15,000 for electric heating.
Although once the system is installed, you are likely looking at a more energy-efficient home, which will help balance the cost in the long run.