The popularity of radiant heating systems – both indoors and outside – is on the rise. Consumers are turning to heated floors and driveways for comfort, functionality and to raise home value. As an electrician, if you aren’t offering installation services for heated floors and driveways, you could be falling behind the competition. It can be a lucrative addition to your services list, especially during the winter months.
What Are Radiant Heating Systems?
A radiant heating system can be air-heated, hydronic or electric. An electric radiant heating system is a series of electric cables built directly into the flooring in a home. They’re especially popular in areas where the electric company provides time-of-use rates during off-peak hours, which translates to savings for the home owners.
If the floor has a large enough thermal mass, it may even continue to heat the area throughout the day without using any more electricity. Many people turn to heated floors as a more affordable way to heat home additions without spending time, money and effort to extend their HVAC systems. Because a radiant floor heating system can function both indoors and outdoors, it’s also a popular option for driveways and sidewalks, especially in areas of the country with severe winters.
When Should You Install Heated Floors and Driveways?
There is no “right” time to install heated floors or driveways. You can install the system at any time of the year; however, if your area is prone to heavy winter storms or other inclement weather, it can be easier to schedule the bulk of your installations during warmer weather, winding them down in late October or early November. Because many homeowners choose to install heated floors during the construction process, you may also factor peak construction times into when you provide installation services.
Where to Install Radiant Heating Systems
You can install radiant heating systems virtually anywhere. They’re compatible with concrete, asphalt and a variety of other mediums and can easily be covered with traditional flooring options such as title or hardwood.
Heated flooring is popular in nearly every geographic location. After all, who doesn’t want to feel warm and toasty as soon as they wake up in the morning? While bathrooms are the most popular indoor location for heated flooring, they’re also common in kitchens and non-carpeted bedrooms and living areas.
When it comes to installing heated driveways, consider whether there’s an actual need in your area. If you live far enough south that you never see significant snowfall, you probably won’t do many installations. The further north your area is, the more homeowners may be interested in a way to save time and avoid shoveling snow.
Get Clients Interested in Heated Flooring
The easiest way to get people interested in purchasing heated flooring and hiring you is to tell your current and potential clients about it. The product practically sells itself. Heated flooring helps heat the entire home and can pay for itself by saving on energy costs. Heated driveways keep homeowners from spending hours outdoor scattering salt or using deicers and snow blowers – especially if they have young children, elderly relatives or family members with mobility issues.
The systems are fully automated, work well with nearly any driveway material and are easy for you to install. It’s a win-win situation.
If you aren’t already well-versed in providing heated flooring installations, now is the time to learn the skills and provide it to your clients. You’ll have another avenue to earn income and your current and potential clients will be impressed by the wide range of services you provide.