Angie's List: Why radiant flooring is a hot trend

Courtesy: Angie's List

BRIDGEPORT, W. Va. (WDTV) -- “With radiant heat, it heats up the floor and all the objects in the room and you don’t have the on-and-off cycles like you do with a forced-air system,” said Sean Smith, a radiant heating professional.

“A radiant floor can be a great addition because it’s efficient, it’s quiet and it provides that nice touch of blanket of heat, but it is expensive to install,” said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List.

There are two kinds of systems: hydronic and electric. A hydronic system is usually designed to heat an entire house and is installed during construction. An electric system is more typical in bathroom or kitchen remodels as an additional heat source.

“If you’re going to be adding it to a remodel, you’re going to need to access that by either installing it from the basement or you’re going to have to replace the floor itself," said Hicks.

If you replace the floor, make sure your flooring and heating system pros are working together to ensure compatibility. Once it’s done, winter won’t seem so harsh.

“You’re going to feel that heat more consistently. Also, the mass of the floor absorbs that heat, so even when the boiler or the heat source isn’t working or the electricity is not working, that floor is heated,” said Smith. “It is a luxury that once you have it, it is hard to go back. And the other thing is you notice it when you don’t have it.”