The popularity of in-floor heating in residential properties has surged on the back of support from developers, as well as ease of integration with smart home systems.
The popularity of in-floor heating has surged in North America over the past decade becoming a standard installation in condo units whereas it had previously been viewed as a luxury feature.
In-floor heating is now a common feature in living rooms, bedrooms and master bathrooms, as well as dens, entryways and foyers.
Its popularity is set to further increase throughout the North American market due to the avid support of developers, who are making it much easier for home buyers to install the technology in new residential properties.
The technology provides a convenient and efficient solution to temperature regulation within confined spaces, as it does not involve the installation of intrusive, space-consuming facilities such as baseboard heaters.
Its installation its particularly advantageous for developers, as the floor heating mats can be pre-built to match room dimensions, reducing the time required for construction.
Canada provides an instructive example. Only a decade ago, heated floors were considered rare even in the downtown areas of major cities such as Toronto or Calgary, and those properties equipped with the luxury installations commanded prices as high as CA$1 million.
In Vancouver today, however, developers are now striving to make in-floor heating a standard offering for new home-buyers at reasonable prices.
The popularity of in-floor heating is set to increase in tandem with the spread of smart home technology in the property sector.
Developers are keen to participate in making electrical radiant in-floor heating a staple in multi-family developments, and have responded positively to including it in their construction projects. In Vancouver, developers are setting the trend of in-floor heat by making it available to buyers at any price level and in any community.
The spread of smart technology for residential properties is another factor further expediting the popularity of in-floor heating.
Smart homes enables property owners to control their in-floor heating systems remotely via wireless devices, obviating the need for fixed switches or control panels and further increasing the convenience of the unobtrusive temperature control systems.
The producers of in-floor heating facilities are responding to this trend with more advanced thermostat systems specifically designed to enable home owners to control their beneath-the-feet temperature systems via smart pads, iPhones and other wireless devices.