Until I got food poisoning, I used to take my heated flooring for granted.
I bought the house and heated flooring just came with it. I was used to having quality heating no matter what. I never stopped to consider how the radiant heat worked. The warm air stays at the flooring level and doesn’t rise to the ceiling. When the lower body is warmer, the whole body feels more heated. This results in lower thermostat settings and better energy bills. I never considered how nice it is to have warm feet until I was laying on my bathroom floor with food poisoning. I was sick for over 12 hours and could not leave the bathroom. I was either vomiting or turning the other way on the toilet. I could not drink water or even sleep. Every 15 minutes something was coming out of me. Along with this, I had the worst chills of my life. I started the night lying on the couch and was freezing cold. Running back and forth got to be too much. I worried I would not make it to the toilet. After making a little nest on the floor, I realized how nice my heating system is. The heated flooring helped my cold body a lot. I felt like I was laying on a hard, heated mattress pad. The entire bathroom floor had heat so I could spread out my nest of blankets. For how awful my sickness was, I was surprisingly comfortable. Now that I am better, I do take the time to think about how nice warm tile is under my feet.