Hiring a contractor to install radiant floor heating in one or more of the rooms in your home instantly makes your home feel more cozy. In addition to the room being warmer, it's a pleasant feeling for you, your family, and your guests to enjoy warm feet — especially during the wintertime. What you might not have considered, however, is that radiant floor heating can provide a number of useful applications beyond simply heating the room and making you feel cozy. Here are some unexpected ways that you'll be able to benefit from using this form of heating.
Your radiant floor heating can prove a valuable ally when it comes to drying laundry. For one, articles of clothing such as sweaters can be challenging to dry; they'll shrink in the dryer and stretch if they're hung up. The logical alternative is to lay them out to dry, but finding the right surface for this task is challenging. For example, you won't want to put a wet sweater on the bed, as it will moisten your linens. Instead, lay the sweater on the radiant floor tiles. The heat is gentler than the dryer, which means that the sweater won't shrink, and you won't have to worry about the tiles getting wet.
Dealing With Winter Gear
If you have children, they'll likely be coming into the home throughout the winter with a pile of wet snowsuits, gloves, and other articles. It can be pricey to constantly be drying these items in the clothes dryer, and simply letting them hang in the house might not let them dry quickly enough. The solution is to place these items on the radiant floor. The heating will dry the wetness quickly, and since you're already paying to run the floor, it won't cost you anything extra. On a similar note, you can also place a dry coat or gloves on the floor before going out, as this will make them warm and cozy when you put them on.
A Spot For Your Pets
If you have an elderly pet who might have aches and pains due to arthritis, for example, a chilly house can be inhospitable. (This is why many elderly pets enjoy sleeping in front of the fireplace.) Position your pet's bed on the radiant floor, and you'll likely find that this location becomes the pet's new favorite spot to hang out during the day and night.