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There is a lot to think about when you’re renovating a home. You need to make many decisions, starting with what contractor to use and how much money you want to spend. It helps if you have a clear vision for how you want your home to look when you’re done. If you’re not sure what it is that you want yet, take some time to look through my blog. I’ll discuss everything from home additions to flooring materials to appliances and fixtures. These articles will help you get a sense of the possibilities for your home renovation, and help you narrow down your options. Eventually, you’ll decide on the renovations that are right for you.

Home Renovation Happenings

Is A Medical Issue Making You Cold-Sensitive? What Are Your Heating Options?

Pamela Gonzales

If you're dealing with a thyroid disorder, anemia, lupus, or another medical condition that results in moderate to severe cold intolerance, you may be tired of paying high heating bills to keep your home at a temperature that is comfortable for you and doesn't exacerbate the symptoms of your ailment. Fortunately, there are some options to help cut expenses while you search for an effective treatment plan for your cold sensitivity. Read on to learn more about several ways you can prevent or reduce physical discomfort during cooler times of year.

Radiant flooring

For those whose cold sensitivity is due to an autoimmune disorder (like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or Hashimoto's disease), the installation of radiant flooring can go a long way toward reducing the joint pain and stiffness you're likely to feel when walking on solid-surfaced floors or worn carpet. The thin layer of heat-conducting wire can be installed beneath existing flooring, although if your floors have begun to look a bit shabby, replacement may be in order. You'll then be able to control the temperature of your floors with the click of a button, enjoying the luxury of heating up your walk to the shower while still lying in the comfort of your bed. In addition to the convenience it provides, this energy-efficient heating source should help you reduce your thermostat temperature without compromising physical comfort. 

Ductless heat pump

Another eco-friendly and energy-efficient option to help reduce heating costs is the installation of a ductless heat pump. This heat source is ideal for older homes or those without a central ventilation system, as it won't require the installation of any ductwork. Like geothermal heat pumps, ductless heat pumps operate by removing heat from cooler outside air and ventilating it inside. You'll need to install an outdoor intake unit as well as an indoor distribution unit in each of the rooms you'd like to heat. Depending upon the specific illness you're facing, you may opt to place distribution units near the floor (to help provide heat to your lower extremities) or near the ceiling. 

Because this process doesn't require the use of a compressor unit, a ductless heat pump can save space while lowering your energy bills significantly. Many ductless heat pumps are designed to heat an entire home, allowing you to place multiple distribution units on each floor. 

Hot water baseboards

If your home is currently heated by a central boiler system, you may be able to improve the ambiance (and temperature) by installing hot water baseboards. By piping boiling hot water throughout the walls of each room, these baseboards can create a source of radiant heat that increases comfort at even lower temperatures. Radiant heat has been shown to be more efficient than forced-air heat, and radiant heat that exits near the floor is given the greatest opportunity to warm the entire room as it flows upward toward the ceiling. Combining radiant flooring with hot water baseboards can allow you to keep your thermostat set at a much lower temperature while still feeling warm. 

In some cases, installing hot water baseboards can be an economical option even for those who don't already have a boiler. You may be able to pipe this plumbing from your existing hot water heater or even hook up the pipes to a separate tankless or on-demand water heater that can trigger flowing water whenever the ambient air temperature drops below a certain threshold. For those who are paying the cost of heating oil or natural gas combined with a forced-air system, switching to radiant heating can be a more comfortable (and energy-efficient) option. 

For more information about installing radiant heating in your floors, contact a company like Custom Comfort.