Happy wife, happy life. It's true! My wife and I disagree on one major thing: what temperature the house should be during the winter. To be fair, no matter what the thermostat says, my wife is always freezing. So what did she do about it? She ripped out the carpet in the living room when I was away on a business trip. How that was going to help contain the heat was beyond me at the time. She exclaimed that the floor was concrete under the carpet and that the room would be perfect for Radiant Heating. What?!
When a woman wants radiant heating, she makes it happen.
The sunken living room is now about 6 inches taller--we wanted it to be flush with the fireplace, and allow for an easy adjustment to the stairs.
During the cold months, the radiant floor (in just the living room!) heats almost our whole 4 bedroom home. And it's a heat that we all agree feels great. The kids read books and lounge on the warm floor. No more tinkering with the thermostat to find a good temperature. The house is evenly heated; we don't have the usual super hot upstairs and super cold downstairs.
It's cheap heat and doesn't blow particles and debris all over the house.
Now that it's getting warm outside, I'm surprised at how the concrete helps keep the house cool! What!? Win win!