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The Best Rooms in Your Home for Radiant Heating

The Best Rooms in Your Home for Radiant Heating

As winter is fast approaching, it is crucial to look into the heating options of your home. During these months, your electricity or gas bill will rise significantly as you try to keep the cold at bay. Before resigning yourself to these high bills, consider investing in a different type of heating to protect your home from the cold. Radiant heating is an interesting option for homeowners, with many of the same benefits as regular heating, but at many times lower the cost.

If you are looking to invest in radiant heating for your home, there are a few things to know beforehand. Read on to learn which rooms work best, how the running costs compare, and how it all works. This will help you to make the best decision for your home.

What is it?

 

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    In a traditional heating system that is run by ducts, the air comes out in specific places all around the house, traveling from the furnace, through the channels, to these areas of the home. While this is one of the most common ways, it is in no way the most efficient. Radiant technology comes from processes that we have become familiar with and that have been shown to work. Similar to the rays of the sun, radiant heating heats a surface area equally. Rather than blowing warm air into the space, it radiates from one larger source.

    There are three types of radiant heating systems used indoors:

    • Under the floor
    • Ceiling panels
    • Wall heating panels.

    Out of these three, the under the floor radiant heating is the most popular. It is able to heat the room faster and more efficiently than other types of heating commonly used in homes. Besides just heating the home, it will take away the unpleasant feeling of walking on hardwood or tile floor in the middle of winter when normally these are freezing cold on your bare feet.

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    The advantages

    In radiant heating, there isn’t just one outlet for the heat to enter your home. Instead, the underneath of the floor is lined with tubing that uses infrared radiation. This is instead of using the more common forced-air method. The heat is more efficient because it isn’t lost while traveling to the outlet.

    Similar to other types of heating, radiant heating can run off a number of different power sources, including solar, gas, and electric. While running off the same energy sources as other types of heating, it will use significantly less power than these other varieties.

    If you have allergies, radiant heating will help make them more bearable. Rather than other systems that blow around dust, dandruff, and other causes of these problems, radiant heating will keep your home warm without causing this. For many people, this can be a huge relief. Although allergies aren’t as troublesome for most in the winter, it can make a difference.

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    The best rooms

     

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      The best rooms to have radiant heating are those with pergo, wood floors, or tile flooring. If you are tearing up the floor in your kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom, and are considering putting in one of these types of flooring, look into radiant heating. You will find this will create a much more pleasant feeling during the cold winter months.

      This type of heating works much more efficiently in homes that have lower ceilings, or in confined spaces. If you have rooms with high ceilings, or that are extremely open, it may be more efficient to use other types of heating. Assess the rooms in your home to find which will work best.

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      Radiant heating can be the most efficient solution for many homes. Consider the rooms in your home that would work best with this system. You may find this is a great way to save money, and heat your home faster than ever before. Consider investing in this before the coldest months hit this year.

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      Last Updated on July 10, 2020

      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

      We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

      We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

      So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

      Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

      What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

      Boundaries are limits

      —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

      Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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      Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

      Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

      Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

      How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

      Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

      1. Self-Awareness Comes First

      Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

      You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

      To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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      You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

      • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
      • When do you feel disrespected?
      • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
      • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
      • When do you want to be alone?
      • How much space do you need?

      You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

      2. Clear Communication Is Essential

      Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

      Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

      3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

      Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

      That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

      Sample language:

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      • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
      • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
      • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
      • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
      • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
      • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
      • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

      Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

      4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

      Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

      Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

      Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

      We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

      It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

      It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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      Final Thoughts

      Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

      Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

      Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

      The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

      Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

      Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

      They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

      Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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