This is of course not a “one size fits all” scenario. There are a number of issues that can present themselves both in terms of logistics and design that may impede your ability to install radiant floor heating. While there are a number of benefits to the technology, an equal number of cons are hiding just beneath the surface so to speak.
Ripping up existing flooring is no joke. This process can take time and can be hampered by the space of your home’s crawlspace or basement and in some rare cases, local construction code. Radiant flooring is also somewhat restricted by aesthetics. Meaning, certain flooring options may not be available to use such as hardwood, vinyl or plastic. Depending on the skill and access to materials that your contractor has, you may be able to work around these limitations.
Perhaps radiant heating is out of the question for you but you are still looking for other ways to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to operating your home? The following are a few more outlets for Texas residents to save and further refine their homes.
Nest Learning Thermostat
Texas utility provider Direct Energy has made an exclusive partnership with Nest in the last few months that is about to completely change the way we think about and interact with our home’s thermostats. If you haven’t heard about Nest yet or just want to brush up on what it can do for both your home and your savings account check out the benefits Texas residents can have on Direct Energy’s Nest Page.
The windows of your home have one of the highest impacts on the ability for your home to maintain both heating and cooling so it only makes sense that you are using the most efficient windows in order to not overtax your heating and cooling system. The Efficient Windows Collaborative has a number of excellent resources and guides to help you make the best selection for your climate and location. Check out their great map of the United States that shows which windows work best for your area.
Don’t Forget the Small Things
It’s easy to get caught up in the big, dramatic upgrades such as the ones listed above. In addition to these, there are a number of smaller changes you can make to your home to cut costs and improve efficiency. Consider some of these smaller changes:
- More efficient light fixture models
- LED or CFL lighting
- Tankless or solar water heaters
- Fiber glass insulation in your attic
- Seal and caulk cracks around your house
Have any other great tips or tricks that you have put to good work? Perhaps you have experience with radiant flooring and have a few stories to share that might make someone else’s installation process smoother? Use the comments section below to share your thoughts; I’d love to hear from you!
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