Vancouver, BC-Skyline at Dusk
Vancouver Skyline at Dusk

Vancouver is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life and the Economist Intelligence Unit acknowledged it as the first city to rank among the top-ten of the world's most livable cities for five consecutive years. With rankings like that, it’s easy to see why Vancouver attracts many residents to the area. 

Another reason may be that Vancouver is one of Canada's warmest cities in the winter. Vancouver's climate is temperate by Canadian standards and is usually classified as oceanic or marine west coast. In contrast, precipitation falls during nearly half the days from November through March. Damp cold can seem colder than the moderate temperatures might indicate and cold flooring doesn’t help. Radiant floor heating heating can make a world of difference in the comfort level in any room in your home. And it can also help increase your resale value should you decide to move.

Calculating Costs for Heating Up a Vancouver Kitchen Floor

As their kitchen was one of the most used rooms in their home, these Vancouver homeowners knew it made sense to add electric in-floor heating when planning their kitchen remodeling project.  To warm up the stylish but cold laminate flooring they had selected they chose to install an Environ Flex Roll floor heating system in the 123-ft² space for $860.00 at a cost of approximately $12.00 per square foot. The Flex Roll consists of an insulated heating cable sandwiched between two layers of reinforced, durable aluminum foil that radiates 12 watts per square foot. (see floor plan)

Kitchen floor plan with Radiant Heat- Vancouver FP blog
Kitchen floor plan with radiant heat

It’s advisable to also factor in the cost for operating the system when considering your budget. WarmlyYours has these useful online tools to help you do just that. Based on WarmlyYours’s Operating Cost Calculator it costs just 30 cents to heat this kitchen for eight hours a day and according to our Heat Loss Calculator it costs just $90.37 annually to heat the kitchen. An added bonus is that this system can be a primary heat source for the room without incurring additional heating bills.  

Radiant Heat as a Primary Heat Source Saves on Energy Costs

To determine if radiant floor heat can be your primary heat source, WarmlyYours’s Heat Loss Calculator will ask about your desired room temperature, how well your room is sealed, and other details to determine how much heat is being lost. 

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Radiant heat can be a primary heat source as shown in this heat loss graph

In this example, the room is located above a heated room and the ceilings in the room are 9 feet. According to WarmlyYours’s Heat Loss Calculator, a floor-heating system can be the primary heat source so no additional heating will be necessary, a considerable cost and energy savings. If the room had a fireplace or other poor sealing factors, radiant floor heat as a supplementary heat source might be recommended. To find out if radiant heat can be your room’s primary heat source, check out WarmlyYours’s Heat Loss Calculator to see for yourself.

Our Easy-To-Use Instant Quote Tool Simplifies Your Project

Kitchen Laminate or Tile Floor Stock Image
Kitchen with Floor Heating under Laminate

Wonder how much it would cost to add in-floor heating to a room in your home? Simply check out WarmlyYours’ Instant Quote Tool. By filling in some information about your project, the tool will show you a side-by-side comparison of the recommended products for your room and how much each costs.

You can also upload a floor plan of your room to get a custom installation plan. This will give you more detail than an Instant Quote because it shows exactly how the floor-heating system should be laid out along with the electrical plan. The custom plan makes installation easier as it helps our technical staff to better guide you through the installation process. Free technical support is available 24/7 at 800-875-5285.

Have a question? There are several ways you can reach us. 1) Simply call us at 800-875-5285, 2) live chat us at, or 3) email us If you live in Vancouver or another city that could use some radiant heating solutions, WarmlyYours has the answer for you.

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