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5 Budget-Friendly Upgrades to Make Your Bathroom Feel Like a Spa

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There's nothing quite as refreshing or rejuvenating as a relaxing day at the spa. To get that same spa feel at home, many homeowners are transforming their bathrooms into their own personal sanctuaries. Here are some ways you can make your bathroom feel more spa-like without breaking the bank.

Radiant Floor Heating

Imagine getting out of the tub and stepping your bare feet onto a warm heated floor. Radiant heat flooring is perfect for bathrooms, as it provides optimal thermal comfort and operates quietly and out of sight. Heated floors can be installed under all types of bathroom floors, including ceramic tile, laminate and vinyl. Best of all, warming your bathroom with radiant heat flooring is inexpensive, and the system is quick and easy to install.

Massage Shower Head

If you can’t afford a deep soaking tub, give your bathroom the spa treatment with a massage shower head. A massage shower head is obviously more affordable, and you'll actually use it every day. Your massage shower head will turn an ordinary daily task into a more therapeutic and relaxing experience.

Faux Wood Tiles

Wood is not the best material to for damp areas like bathrooms. But, wood can evoke feelings of peacefulness and warmth. Luckily, faux wood is made of ceramic or porcelain and provides the natural look of wood without the risk of water damage. Bring elements of nature into your bathroom by adding faux wood bath and shower mats.

Oil Diffuser

Infuse soothing aromas into your bathroom with an oil diffuser. With an oil diffuser, you can relax amidst your favorite scents, like lavender, citrus or cedar wood, without having to worry if you forgot to extinguish the candles.

White Robe & Towels

It wouldn’t quite be a spa without the luxurious white robes and towels. Install a robe hook and towel bar near your shower to really give your bathroom the spa look.

How to Reduce Your Energy Bills with Radiant Floor Heating

2016-06-13

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From their silent operation to their optimal comfort, radiant heated floors offer numerous advantages over other home heating systems. One of the biggest benefits of heated floors is their energy-efficiency. If you're tired of those expensive monthly utility bills, then you should seriously consider installing heated floors in your home. Read on to learn how radiant floor heating can save you money and energy.

No More Heat Loss

Radiant floor heating systems can minimize heat loss in several ways. First, heated floors are installed under your floor and do not involve ductwork. Whereas heat can get lost in the ductwork and mechanical parts of baseboard heat or forced air systems, that problem is not present in heated floors. Secondly, radiant floors supply heat from the ground up, so that the warm air is concentrated on the people and objects in the room. The heat doesn't rise to the ceiling where it's lost.

Lower the Thermostat

Because of their efficient distribution of heat, heated floors enable you to feel comfortable with your thermostat set to a lower temperature. In fact, people who use radiant floor heating feel comfortable at temperatures between six and eight degrees F lower than traditional systems, such as baseboard heat and forced air, according to the Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Save on Off-Peak Usage

Some electric utility companies offer lower rates for off-peak usage. You can save money by heating your floor during off-peak hours, which are usually at night, and turning the heat off during the day. When your floor heats up it will maintain the warmth throughout the day and release it gradually, even if the system is off.

Utilize Zoned Heating

Maximize the efficiency of radiant floor heating by heating your home in zones. Set different areas of your house to different temperatures based on their usage. For instance, you can keep high-traffic areas, such as the kitchen and living room, warmer than low-traffic rooms like a formal dining room.

With these tips, you can utilize radiant floor heating to save energy and money. To learn more about heated floors, visit us online at www.ThermoSoft.com.

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