- Kitchens: Bringing countertops and cabinets down from 34 inches off the floor to a more accessible 30 inches off the floor creates a mores accessible space for wheelchair or scooter users.
- Bathrooms: Heavy bath bars and grab bars are easy additions that can help prevent falls throughout a bathroom. Step-through tubs, curdles showers, and comfort-height toilets provide additional layers of safety and convenience.
- Flooring: Slick, hard stone floors can be replaced with more slip-resistant flooring materials, such as vinyl and linoleum.
- Lighting: Lighted switches and motion-activated lighting are two convenient safety features preferred by residents as their ability to see at night and in darkened areas deteriorates.
- Doorways: Widening doorways beyond 32 inches allows users full access, even if they are using a wheelchair or scooter
- Functional details: Small details like switching out round doorknobs for easy-grip levers that don’t require a twisting motion is especially helpful for people with arthritis and other mobility issues.
With the hot Georgia summer starting to wind down, you can be sure that it won’t be long before the brisk chill of fall and winter blow in to Atlanta, causing every homeowner to shiver — both literally and figuratively — at the increased energy cost of heating their home.
The battle to keep a home comfortable and properly heated, however, is more than just forcing warm air into a space. The key is actually how to maintain ambient warmth, which in turn helps to avoid the need to heat more air unnecessarily, which wastes money and resources.
What is Radiant Floor Heating?
One great way to maintain a room’s ambient warmth is by using radiant floor heating. Basically, radiant floor heating is a heating system that’s hidden under the floor that conducts heat through the floor’s surface — either via electric wires or hot water tubes — rather than through the air, like a traditional forced-air heating system. Of course, because a radiant floor heating system requires installation under the floor, it’s a wonderful addition to a renovation or remodeling project that includes new flooring.
The Benefits of Radiant Floor Heating
Not only does a radiant floor heating system give you the wonderful benefit of warm, heated floors that will surely feel oh-so good under your bare tootsies on a chilly winter morning, but because heat rises up all the way from the floor, it also helps to keep the room warmer, more evenly, and more effectively. In addition, because it heats a room more evenly, that means that it requires a lower temperature to do so, which results in not only less energy used, but a lower heating cost, overall.
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For a comprehensive look at all the benefits a radiant floor heating system offers, make sure to consult with a local, licensed contractor with a track record of experience and integrity that you can trust when it comes to what is ultimately your largest lifetime investment — your home.
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