I have lived in homes with forced heating and air systems my whole life. While it was certainly better than having no form of climate control, these kinds of HVAC systems never seemed to do the trick for me in the winter. There always seemed to be cold spots in my childhood home, in the dorms at college, and even in my first apartment. I always wondered if there was a way that heat could be distributed far more evenly in a room. I also hated the fact that the floor always seemed to be really cold. In the winter, going around in bare feet was just not an option. I had quite the array of fuzzy slippers in my time. Nowadays, in the comfort of my home in the middle of winter, I barely have a use for them. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s all thanks to radiant heated flooring. It turns out that there is a better way to heat your home in the winter than using vents on the ceiling to send warm air into rooms. Radiant heated floors consist of specially-designed coils that warm a home from beneath the floorboards upward, either with hot water or electricity. This ensures that the heat is close to the ground where it is most needed. Thanks to the fact that heat naturally rises, the whole of a room is eventually evenly warmed. Radiant heated floors are so comfortable, I feel utterly spoiled simply walking around barefoot in my own home. We even installed radiant heated flooring in our bathrooms and it is a complete joy to walk out of a hot shower and place my feet upon warm tile!