Some people like to turn their thermostat down at night because they sleep better when it is cold. It can be hard to get out of bed, however, especially when you know you are going to step onto a cold floor. It does not have to be this way, as there are two things you can do to warm your floor up.
Radiant Floor Heating
Radiant floor heating is a great way to warm your floor up for you so you can step onto a warm floor. Radiant floor heating has great aesthetic appeal, as it is completely invisible. You will not have to hear radiators clanking or hear the whoosh of air coming out of your vents. There will be no dust flying in the air that can result in allergies. You will have a blanket of heat right where it is needed.
Radiant floor heating not only keeps you warm and toasty, but it can reduce energy costs. This is because the warmth from the floor generates enough heat in your house that your HVAC unit or radiator will not come on as often.
When setting up radiant floor heating, either electric heating coils or water heated tubing is installed under the floors to provide the heat. Once installed, the temperature of the air in your home stays at a constant temperature.
Electric Heating Mats
If you do not want to install radiant floor heating, you can install electric heating mats instead. The electrical heating mat has a continuous cable heating element woven into it that runs down the length of it. It can draw its power from a standard power outlet in most cases. If you have a very large mat, however, you should consider calling an electrician to install a dedicated circuit for it. If not, you would likely have circuit breaker trips and overloads.
A programmable thermostat comes with the mat that you can use to turn the mat on during the day and night, and then turn itself off when you go to bed. Set the timer to turn the mat on about an hour before you wake up, and you will have a warm floor when you wake up. Setting the thermostat to turn the mat off at night will keep your energy bills from going up. Heating mats are considered as supplemental heating as they are not as powerful as radiant floor heating.
If you are interested in floor heating, contact a company such as Summerstep. They can talk with you about the right type of radiant floor heating that will work well in your home.