Last winter, I had a bit of a disaster with my furnace.
It quit while I was away on a work trip. The heating system was extremely old and not overly reliable. I had hoped that leaving the house empty for three days wouldn’t be a problem. The temperature dropped to negative twenty-five. With no heat, the water pipes freeze and burst, creating extensive damage. I not only needed to replace the furnace but also invest in repairs for the duct system, plumbing system, walls, ceilings and floors. It was an expensive, time-consuming and lengthy project. I had a huge mess to deal with. While the various contractors handled the job, I moved in with my brother. My brother makes a lot of money and has a gorgeous home. His house is outfitted with all of the latest and most convenient amenities. He has a hot tub, stainless appliances, granite countertops, a huge television and surround sound. He also has radiant heated floors. The heated floors are the best feature of the house. The entire system is totally concealed. There are no pipes, equipment or vents detracting from aesthetics. He doesn’t need to arrange his furniture to accommodate supply and return vents. The radiant flooring is entirely silent and perfectly clean. It spreads the heat evenly across the floor from wall to wall and corner to corner. There are no drafts or cold pockets. The radiant floors infuse heat into the air and also warm up every object sitting on the floor. The temperature from floor to ceiling doesn’t fluctuate further than three degrees from the thermostat setting. Plus, he has a thermostat in each room that allows him to customize the temperature setting. While I was staying with him, I was able to adjust the thermostat in the bedroom to my preference for comfort. I absolutely loved stepping out of bed or the shower onto warm floors. I never wanted to return home.