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Never too old for radiant floor heating

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 08:41

A historic home in Bernardsville, New Jersey, has been renovated with love and attention by its owner. The Bernardsville News reports that the property known to the community as Harmony Hollow was purchased by Richard and Kin Schlott in 2007. The couple worked tirelessly to restore the property to its former glory and keep its design largely traditional.
According to the news source, the house was originally built in 1914 and was once a cow barn at the Brookrace estate. The house has had multiple additions and renovated throughout the years, but by the time the Schlott's found the home it needed more than a bit of finishing. The couple removed one kitchen wall, gutted a 48-by-17-foot wing of the house, broke down walls, exposed brick walls, refinished rustic beams and installed new windows. 
To increase comfort, the Schlotts decided to include a radiant floor heating system in the design of the property. The renovation would not harm the integrity of the house, but it would help the homeowners reduce costly utility bills. Old homes have a reputation for being highly inefficient, with great heat loss and poor insulation levels. 
However, with a radiant floor heating system and insulation with a high R-value, an owner of an older property can reduce his or her utility bills and see increased efficiency. Radiant floor heating reduces heat loss compared to more traditional options like baseboard heating, vents and forced hot air. So, instead of heating the outside, the system keeps warmth inside the home and saves a homeowner money.
Consider the merits of installing a radiant floor heating system within an older home. The investment could save a property owner a considerable amount of money. 

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