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The Home Heating Secret That All The Smart Remodelers Know

02.19.18
Warmboards Radiant Heating

This post was created in partnership with Warmboard. 

If it generally comes on when it’s supposed to and keeps your house cozy and warm through the winter, you may not think much about your heating system. 

But if you’re doing renovations or building a new home, there’s a really good reason to start, especially when there are alternatives to central heating that you may not know about. Ones that are more energy-efficient, allergy-friendly, and make your toes especially happy (that last one is hard to measure, but I can assure you it’s just as important as the first two).

What I’m talking about is Warmboard, the latest tech innovation in radiant heating.

Simply put, radiant heating is installed underneath your flooring and contains a tubing layout that distributes heat through the floor. Instead of pushing hot air through air ducts throughout your home, heat comes through the floor in each room, and in my humble opinion, the results are more efficient, and a lot more comfortable. 

Warmboard Radiant Heating Warmboard Radiant Heating Think about it: blowing hot air into your house creates a ton of problems that, quite frankly, we all just resign to live with. It’s hard to regulate and can be noisy. Forced air wreaks havoc on asthmatics and those of us prone to allergies. And lots of it in the winter can leave you feeling dried out and dehydrated— not good internal conditions if you’re trying not to get sick. Not to mention that hot air rises, so the forced air you send through the vents will end up heating the top of the room first, then work it’s way down. Unless you’re a giraffe, that won’t help you get warm quickly (and even if you are, your feet would still be cold).

Compared to forced air, radiant heating feels more evolved, and generally smarter: a more advanced and efficient way to heat your home that warms the air in a cleaner way. And it’s becoming an increasingly popular alternative.  

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Of course, it’s hard to pull the trigger on making the switch since the installation is a pretty serious decision (the system goes underneath your flooring so you’ve got to make the decision before you put them down). If you’re planning a new addition, or building a new house, here are some things to consider:

Radiant Heating = Healthier Air

Forced air blows dust everywhere, and it can aggravate allergies and asthma symptoms. Radiant heating eliminates that issue. It even pushes dust mites from carpets up so you can easily vacuum them away. (Cool fact: Radiant heating is on the rise in hospitals and care facilities since it’s been shown to reduce the possibility of passing germ-laden air from one room to another.)

Efficiency

There aren’t a lot of formal studies on this, but radiant heating is generally 25 to 30 percent more efficient than forced air, according to manufacturers. Warmboard tops the others and is about 40 percent more efficient. This is due to a lot of factors: traditional air ducts can sometimes leak hot air, causing waste, poor insulation can affect how much heat is retained in your home, and the fact that radiant heat can be adjusted room by room— giving you heat just where you need it. Takeaway? You could potentially cut your heating bill in half.

A Better Experience

First of all, you can regulate the temperature by room, and therefore be comfy everywhere, which is totally key. Warmboard is also completely silent, a stark contrast to all that blowing air (I don’t know about you, but my forced air heating has a tendency to wake me up in the middle of the night as it cycles on and off).  

Finally, you may have heard that radiant heating can’t get through carpet or ruins hardwood floors, but that’s the old stuff. Warmboard has totally changed that and actually enhances what you can do with your floors and overall home design. For example, you can install wall-to-wall carpet or hardwood floors and area rugs over warmboard, and have no air vents, floor or wall radiators to mess up your aesthetic.

Oh, and not needing to wear slippers to keep your feet warm in the winter: A major plus.

Warmboard Radiant Heating

In the end, it’s the perfect heating solution for a major renovation or new home. Would you make the switch?

 

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This space heater is as pretty as it is toasty

02.12.18
Mill Heat

There are some nights where it feels like, no matter how high you crank the thermostat, the room you’ve chosen to hibernate in just won’t heat up. Still, the alternative is usually a bulky and unwieldy space heater (AKA an eyesore that’s not worth the extra couple of degrees of warmth it provides). That’s why I was thrilled to discover Mill Heat’s space heaters… because they’re actually pretty.

I discovered Mill heaters when I attended my very first International Home & Housewares Show a couple years ago, and they weren’t readily available in the US. But now a handful of their models are at Home Depot, so stylish and functional heaters are finally an option.

Mill Heat Mill Heat

A part of the Mill Steel series, this floor-standing space heater is discrete and minimal. In fact, you can tuck it away in a corner of your bedroom, living room or office and barely notice it’s there thanks to the simple design, not to mention it’s very quiet operation. It’s angled aluminum feet make it look like it’s actually hovering above the floor—a major upgrade from other non-modern (and, frankly, ugly) designs.

Still, the best part about the Mill Steel Convection space heater is, of course, how toasty the room gets. With a sleek digital display and fan for extra heat distribution, the Mill Steel Convection comes with a wire heating element (which basically means that it starts cranking heat, fast), plus three different settings so you have a lot of control over the warmth.

Sometimes you just want a little extra heat by your toes, and it’s not worth cranking your central heating over. And sometimes you don’t have central heat at all (ah, I remember those days in our first frigid apartment) Either way this heater does the job, and looks good doing it.

What do you think? Would you upgrade to this design?

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