If you live in an area where it's cold in the winter, you might constantly be looking for creative new ways to keep your home cozy and warm. If you're open to the idea of a small renovation project, it's worthwhile to give some consideration to having electric radiant floor heating installed. This project involves having your flooring pulled up and heating coils laid and hooked up to your house's electrical network. You can then choose a type of flooring to have placed over the coils -- tiles are common -- and once the job is done, a flick of the switch will provide you with a warm floor. Beyond this cozy feeling, there are several advantages of choosing radiant floor heating, including these.

It's More Efficient Than A Forced-Air System

If you're concerned about whether your new radiant floor heating will drastically elevate your heating bill, there's good news -- this method of heating your home is more efficient than using a traditional forced-air system. The latter type has numerous problems, including heat loss through small cracks in the ducts. There's no risk of this issue with radiant floor heating, which is actually 30 percent more efficient than forced air. Having radiant floor heating installed can often mean that you'll be able to reduce your usage of your forced-air system, which can have a positive impact on your monthly bill.

It's Better For Family Members With Allergies

Household allergens such as dust and pet hair are able to freely circulate through your home when you use a forced-air system. Over time, dust can settle in the ducts and vents; when you turn on the furnace, it pushes these allergens up into the air -- which can be detrimental to the health of those with allergies. The benefit of using radiant floor heating is that there's no such air exchange. The floor simply warms up, and the air above it warms too.

It Doesn't Require Seasonal Maintenance

Whether you're heating your home with a furnace or a fireplace, you'll need to hire a contractor for regular maintenance. Cleaning the air ducts is necessary when you use a furnace, while having your fireplace and chimney cleaned is necessary for the safety of your home. When you rely on radiant floor heating to provide warmth in your home, you don't have to worry about any seasonal maintenance -- turn the system off in the spring and turn it on again when winter arrives.

For more information, contact Adams Plumbing & Heating or a similar company.