Interior Design & Flooring

Green flooring trends for seniors

Tue, 11/29/2011 - 11:07

Seniors are becoming increasingly involved with technology and the idea of green housing, according to Seniorhomes.com, and this may mean that these individuals are in the market for specific flooring products.

Along with the green nature of the technology that they are using, they prefer something that is safe and limits the level of contamination within a home, the news source reported. These specific needs may lead these seniors to radiant heating systems.

A radiant heating system allows an individual to place any type of flooring over the subfloor system, limits the amount of contaminants that are in the air and helps to cut energy use through a more efficient delivery of heat.

Sustainable resources like bamboo flooring are all the rage in senior housing, according to the news source, and this product can be easily installed directly over a radiant heating system.

This type of heating system would also provide a level of comfort to seniors, as joint pains and other symptoms that are caused by cold weather can be alleviated through the use of a radiant system. A lower air temperature can be set on this technology without sacrificing the warm feeling, as the radiant nature of the product makes the air feel warmer than it actually is.

The radiant effect allows homeowners to use less energy without sacrificing a level of comfort. Since many seniors are busy around the house during the day, limiting the total energy that is used for heating is more important than for younger couples who are out or at work a majority of the time.

Seniors will also benefit from the cleanliness of the air, as the technology doesn't require the use of dust-producing radiators, heating ducts and air vents.