Professionals who spend their time studying things like this have declared that mammals are at their most content when their feet are warmer than their heads. If you can remember elementary school science class you will immediately realize that a very significant obstruction is in place that keeps human beings from attaining contentment on a regular basis. Heat rises. Remember? So if heat rises, how are we supposed to be happy?
If you are the type of person who makes logical connections when provided with the barest outline of information, you are probably ahead of some other readers. The way to achieve more contentment in your home is to insulate against the natural order of heat rising. Those people whose heating system blows through ducts located in the floor should by all rights be more content on a regular basis than those who have homes in which the heat is pumped in through ducts located on the ceiling. Likewise, all those rich people who shelled out tons of bucks for marble flooring should not be as content during the winter as poor people still living with the shag rug carpeting left over from the 1970s. Carpeting is much warmer on the feet than marble flooring, after all. And, it should go without saying, the happiest of all should be those with a heated flooring system.
A radiant heating floor system works by virtue of a system of tubing place in the subfloor. Hot water flows through this system of tubes and thereby warms the floor. When everything is working well, this warm floor has the effect of warming the entire room. The result is that not only are your feet warm, but so is your head. And as long as your feet are AT LEAST AS WARM as your head, you will be happier than you would otherwise be, all things considered. Or so the people who study these things tell us.
Besides increasing your level of contentment generally speaking, the installation of a radiant floor heating system can improve happiness when it comes to your power bill. A floor heating system spread the heat more evenly throughout the house. This means getting rid of that annoyance of walking from a warm room into a cold room and vice versa. It may take some getting used to because radiant floor heating reverses the environment of heating to which you have become conditioned. Walking into a house with radiant heating means walking into a room where the air is warmer at foot level. The air is cooler as it rises. The effect can be disconcerting at first, but once you get used to it, you wonder how you ever managed to live the other way around.
Energy efficiency is another big plus for radiant heating systems. You will eventually find that you are setting the thermostat a full two or three degrees lower in the winter than you are used to yet are still feeling just as warm. Over time, radiant heating can save you big money, making it a wise renovation upgrade investment if you are absolutely certain you will still be inhabiting the house for another ten to twenty years.