San Francisco Skyline w Bay Bridge at nightSan Francisco, also known as the city by the bay, is appropriately situated on the tip of a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. It's renowned for its hilly landscape, year-round fog, iconic Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and colorful Victorian houses. 

Because of its sharp topography and maritime influences, San Francisco exhibits a multitude of distinct microclimates. They also protect neighborhoods directly to their east from the foggy and sometimes very cold and windy conditions experienced in the Sunset District. The variable weather makes underfloor heating a smart addition to any remodeling project in the bay area.

Electric In-floor Heating = The Heart of the Kitchen

These San Francisco homeowners chose to upgrade their kitchen with beautiful tile flooring. It made sense to include in-floor heating in the remodeling project to bring their home up to date and appeal to potential homebuyers. Floor heating has frequently been cited as one of the top amenities homeowner’s wished they had included when remodeling. Now not only will these homeowners be able to showcase their home with the newly remodeled kitchen, but a kitchen with a warm floor should help seal the deal.

After carefully considering their options, they purchased a WarmlyYours TempZone™ cable floor heating system to bring additional warmth to their elegant but cold kitchen tile flooring. The cable was configured to cover approximately 124 square feet of floor space costing a total of $825.00, which amounts to just $6.67 per square foot. The cable floor heating option also allowed the installer flexibility to effectively fill the floor space with warm radiant heat. (see floor plan)

Kitchen Floorplan with Radiant Heat

In addition to the low cost of the materials, the operating cost should also be taken into account. According to WarmlyYours’ Operating Cost Calculator, which factors in the average kWh cost in San Francisco, it only costs about a $1.00 to heat this kitchen for eight hours every day. Using WarmlyYours’ Heat Loss Calculator, heating this room during the coldest month of the year would cost approximately $55.00, a small price to pay for the additional luxury it brings to one of the most used rooms in the home. An added selling point for the homebuyer is that this floor heating system can be a primary heat source for the room without incurring an additional heating bill.

Radiant Heat as the Primary Heat Source. What about your room?

It’s easy to figure out. First, WarmlyYours’s Heat Loss Calculator will ask about your desired room temperature, how well your room is sealed, and other criteria to determine how much heat is being lost. As a result, you’ll find out if radiant floor heat can be your primary heat source.

Heat Loss Calculation Graph-KitchenIn this instance, the kitchen 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 for this room so no additional heating will be necessary which is 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 see if radiant heat can be your room’s primary heat source, explore WarmlyYours’s Heat Loss Calculator for yourself! 

Try our Easy-To-Use Instant Quote Tool 

Kitchen Tile Floor Stock ImageWonder how much it would cost to add in-floor heating to a room in your home? Simply check out WarmlyYours’ InstantQuote 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.

Whether you live in the City by the Bay or another city that could benefit from radiant heat, WarmlyYours has a solution to perfectly match your needs.