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where to put electric mat radiant heat in kitchen
I have been told that it doesn't pay to put electric mat radiant heat everywhere it's open in my soon-to-be tiled kitchen/powder room/laundry floor. The plumber and tile installers would like to just lay mats in the kitchen area at the sink/stove/frig along with the area under my kitchen table. That's about 120 sq ft total at my estimation.
Doing the entire kitchen floor's uncabineted areas (210 sq ft) along with the tiny powder room's rug area (12 sq ft), small laundry room standing area (18 sq ft) and hallway (30 sq ft) from the kitchen to powder & laundry rooms gets me to about 270 sq ft. Both the powder room and laundry room sit on an outside wall. The hallway is sandwiched between those rooms, my kitchen back door and the door to my garage.
Understanding the cost of the mats will double plus installation charges, does it make sense to only heat part of the kitchen? What if we shift the kitchen table to another area? Or use the island's eat-in bar area in the future? It would be nice to have my back door floor warmed for wet boots & snow gear each winter. I don't foresee any kitchen cabinet redesign in the future so I'm only talking available open space as well as where benches, tables, chairs sit at the moment.
Should we install more than 1 thermostat if I did all the areas I'm considering?
Our family spends a lot of time in our kitchen & I am a stay-at-home mom.
Any insight, pros or cons would be greatly appreciated.
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