cold tile floors


Old 12-06-02, 01:46 PM
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cold tile floors

Our bathroom floors are tiled and cold! We have a full unfinished basement under these floors. The basement is heated, but the vents are at the rafters. How can I warm these floors besides buying rugs? If we put a ceiling in the basement, will the dead air space help keep the floors warm? Or should we just invest in a pile of slippers? The 3a:m pee break is a killer!
Old 12-06-02, 09:50 PM
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While floors tend to be cooler than ceilings because heat rises, they should not be freezing cold. If you have forced air ceiling heat, the heat tends to heat the ceiling first and takes its time to heat the floors. Too, heat rises, so it can sometimes be challenging for heat to reach the floor.

You indicate that you are heating an unfinished basement. Duct work should be insulated to make sure the heat gets to where it needs to go. Typically, basement ceilings do not need to be insulated if the basement is finished and conditioned because insulation is used between heated and unheated areas to prevent heat loss. Heat in an unfinished basement tends to escape. In your circumstances, however, since the basement is unfinished, insulating the basement ceiling and walls would be beneficial from the standpoint of heat and energy conservation. Buying rugs, of course, is a much easier DIY project and less expensive too.
Old 12-07-02, 05:41 PM
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Since you have access from the basement, you could add this heating system between the floor joists. It works quite well, and doesn't cost that much to run,

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