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HrlyDvsnRdr
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Posted: March 16, 2009 6:35 PM

I have hardwood floors and I'm sick and tired of them being cold on my feet.  I have heard of radiant heating that can be installed under hardwood, but now that my floors are installed, is there anything that I can do about it? 
ScottSummers
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Posted: March 17, 2009 7:53 PM

RE: tired of cold hardwood
If you're on a wood floor over a crawl space, you could have a plumber install a radiant heating system through your joists. It would be fairly expensive, but it can be done. Other than that, strategically placed throw rugs can always warm-up a hardwood floor as well as add an interesting design element to a room.

 

Good luck
HrlyDvsnRdr
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Posted: March 21, 2009 8:37 PM

RE: tired of cold hardwood
I didn't realize that radiant heating could be placed between floor boards.  Can I use both electric or hydronic radiant heating?
ScottSummers
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Posted: March 22, 2009 3:31 PM

RE: tired of cold hardwood
To be honest, I'm not sure. I have only seen it done with hot water. You might ask a few electricians in your area if they've ever retrofit an electric radiant heating system. I've never heard of it, but I'm just a floor guy, so what do I know!?

In my area a hot water system with a gas-fired boiler is the most common. 

 

Good luck. 
HrlyDvsnRdr
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Posted: March 23, 2009 8:03 PM

RE: tired of cold hardwood
Thanks Scott.  I'll look into that.  I appreciate your help!
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Posted: June 24, 2009 7:45 AM

RE: tired of cold hardwood
In our Climate-Friendly Flooring section you'll find the pros and cons of the most common floor types in relation to humidity. Before purchasing new flooring for your home, it may be a good idea to first determine your region's humidity level. You may be surprised to know extremes in humidity can have a dramatic affect on certain floor types and result in damage that may be inconvenient and/or expensive to repair. Choose the floor best suited for your humidity level and help increase the longevity and performance of one of the largest surfaces in your home!

 

 
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