As covered in Part 1, the installation of electric floor heating (EFH) in your bathroom will be a solid investment as it is a very desirable luxury feature, especially in regions that experience winters, helping attain a higher home resale value. A perfect time to install one is in late winter or early spring when contractors are more available. Part 2 will cover Safety Features, Costs of EFH, and Higher Home Resale Value.
Typically a bathroom EFH system will require a dedicated 20-amp electrical source equipped with a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) due to the consistent water exposure. In addition, every electric radiant heating system has a safety feature that prevents the floor from overheating and burning your feet.
Costs of EFH
The two chief considerations in terms of cost are the price of the EFH system and the impact to your monthly electrical bill. Homeowners will be glad to hear that competition has lowered prices for EFH systems and they are more affordable than a few years ago. Moreover, there might even be a utility savings because there will be more control over the temperature in the bathroom with electric radiant heating. They are programmable to function for a time of day, and natural stone, porcelain, or ceramic tiles retain heat very well. Average cost will be around $1,000 to $1,500 for electric radiant heating installation in an area of 100 square feet, which is the average bathroom size.
Higher Home Resale Value
A home does not have to be in very snowy regions to need EFH. An example is the southern portion of the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Region, where a warm bathroom floor will still be desired. Electric radiant heating in bathrooms will be a feature that buyers will pay attention to when house shopping.
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