I was wrong, of course, he got a lot of good use out of that heated flooring! His heated floors use hot water as the heating source.
Back in the day, probably close to thirty years ago, my father-in-law was a forward thinker in a lot of ways. One of those ways was in what he chose to serve as the heating for his home. My father-in-law, Chuck, grew up in a cold, northern state, so he knew about the importance of a good heating system in the house. We all were living in the south at the time, but even so, we do have several weeks each year where we find ourselves in need of a heater. Most people in this area simply have central heating and cooling systems that run on electricity. It’s not a big problem for most people, but electric heating is definitely not the most energy efficient way to heat a home. It can be expensive, too. So, when my father-in-law retired from his job at the post office and bought a little piece of land here in the northern part of our state, he started building his retirement home. The first thing he insisted on was this set of windows that had energy conservation properties. The next thing was something I had never heard of – heated flooring. It made good sense to me, although I thought he might not need it in the south. I was wrong, of course, he got a lot of good use out of that heated flooring! His heated floors use hot water as the heating source. Under the flooring, there is a series of tubes that contain water. There is a water heater to heat the water and a pump to circulate the heated water. In this way, the house’s heating system warms the space from the ground up and has no ductwork to crack or leak hot air. I love the heated floors!