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New home construction trends point to an uptick in functional, energy-efficient amenities

New home construction trends point to an uptick in functional, energy-efficient amenities

According to the latest data from the U.S. Commerce Department, housing starts – or new home construction – jumped 13.2 percent from March to April of 2014 to a seasonally adjusted rate of 1,072,000 – the highest increase since November 2013. This uptick is great news for homebuilders, as it demonstrates that Americans coast to coast are seeing the value of owning a property that is customized to their needs in the long term as opposed to renting a space with minimal amenities.

What's most interesting about this survey, which was conducted in conjunction with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is the fact that the wants and needs of consumers entering the housing market have shifted dramatically over the past several decades. This not only includes aesthetic details, such as granite countertops and stainless-steel fronted appliances, but invisible amenities that make habitation more comfortable and costs of living more affordable.

For instance, the HUD report found that in 2013, 129,000 of all multi-family homes built were heated with electricity compared to 64,000 that were heated with gas. While among single family units, these figures were at 214,000 for electric heat and 347,000 for gas, the gap has closed markedly over the years, which shows a shift in consumer attitudes.

While radiant floor heating can be powered by an array of energy sources, the way heat is produced and dispersed has a number of benefits compared to traditional ventilation home heating.

Perhaps the most basic is the distribution of the heat: In the case of a traditional ventilation heating system, hot air is pumped out of a vent, disperses throughout the room on an upward trajectory before falling and cooling, leaving an uneven distribution of heat throughout. In the case of radiant floor heating, a cool surface is warmed by the floor heating mats underneath evenly throughout. This heat will build and equalize throughout the room, creating a more consistently temperature-regulated environment.

If you are considering a new home that is in line with the most efficient construction trends, talk to your home builder and one of the experts at Warm Your Floor about having radiant floor heating systems installed within your future home.

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