Radiant in Residential

Minneapolis home wows with modern radiant floor heating

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 11:23

For potential homebuyers who are on the lookout for a new house near downtown Minneapolis, but not in the bustle of the city there is a solution. St. Louis Park, which makes up the first suburb ring surrounding Minneapolis, has a number of urban features, yet the quiet of suburban life. The New York Times reported that one home is wowing potential homebuyers with its modern design. 
The structure is a four-bedroom house with two baths and was built, like most of the homes in the neighborhood, during the post-war boom of the 1940s and 1950s. The two-story colonial that has gone up for sale was first built in 1947 and then remodeled in 1959. According to the news source, the home has retained its post-modern design, but has been updated continuously through the years.
The 3,248-square-foot-structure is heated with a radiant floor heating system to improve energy efficiency. When combined with other improvements like greater insulation and high-value windows, the structure has become much more affordable to heat so a homeowner can reduce his or her monthly utility bills. In addition to promoting greater energy efficiency, a radiant floor heating system allows the new homeowners to enjoy greater amounts of space in key rooms like the kitchen because warmth flows up from underneath the cork floors instead of being delivered through traditional systems that take up space like vents, baseboard units or radiators. 
A radiant floor heating system is highly versatile and can be installed under a wide range of flooring materials. On the second floor of this home the technology lays underneath maple floors and in the sunroom it delivers heat through travertine floors.