Information on heated flooring

When I bought my house, there was no way of heating the kitchen.  The house is extremely old, and there is no duct system installed.  The kitchen was so outdated that there was only one electrical outlet in the entire room.  All of the windows were painted shut and leaked air. The floor tiles were peeling up, the plaster walls were crumbling, and the cupboards were warped.  At the time, I could not afford to completely renovate the kitchen. I needed to simply figure out a way to heat it. Since I live in a section of the country that is typically cold and snowy, heating is a definite priority.  The first thing I tried was a pellet stove that vented through the wall. The pellet stove was large, ugly and way too much work. I was constantly filling that stupid stove with pellets, struggling to light it, and dealing with ashes.  The fire frequently went out, and I was not convinced the stove was safe. I finally tore out and sold the pellet stove, replacing it with a small ventless gas heater. The gas heater was far more attractive and very quiet, but it created some uncomfortable temperature fluctuations.  The little heater was either operating at maximum capacity or completely shut down. It was either blasting super hot air or sending out cold air. I was so relieved when I finally saved up enough money to totally remodel the kitchen. I tore everything out, including the floor, which allowed me to have an electric radiant floor installed.  Zigzagging electric lines are concealed beneath the floor and they provide a tremendous amount of heat. The heat is evenly distributed from corner to corner, so there are no unpleasant temperature fluctuations. Radiant heating is completely silent, wonderfully clean, and extraordinarily energy efficient. Even on the coldest winter days, my floor is toasty warm, and my kitchen is perfectly comfortable.

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