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Any­one who feels the cold is likely to en­joy the ben­e­fits of un­der-tile heat­ing. It’s a pop­u­lar choice with peo­ple build­ing a new home or those look­ing to ren­o­vate.

Beau­mont Tiles na­tional buyer Darcy Shaw says it’s good for fam­i­lies and a bud­get friendly op­tion.

“Un­der-tile heat­ing a large fam­ily room will have an up­front cost of about $1200 to $1600 but the sys­tem will pay for it­self in en­ergy sav­ings,” he says. “It also cre­ates a drier en­vi­ron­ment by ra­di­at­ing heat to all solid ob­jects and the air is warmed by con­vec­tion.”

Beau­mont Tiles sells the Hotwire sys­tem, a 3mm thick, spooled elec­tric heat­ing el­e­ment in­stalled di­rectly un­der tiles, and not in the slab. It’s in­stalled be­fore the tiles are laid.

Re­verse-cy­cle air­con­di­tion­ing is an­other pop­u­lar new home choice.



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