I had heard of radiant heated floors, but I always thought that they were just a luxury for spoiled people.
My husband is an HVAC technician, but I never really had much interest in HVAC technology. That is, until we visited my aunt’s house. My husband and I live in a subtropical area, and, like almost everyone else around us, we have a self contained central heat and air conditioning unit. I also had a whole house air purification system with UV lights and HEPA filters, and that’s about all I knew or even cared to know about HVAC technology. Until we visited my aunt. My husband and I have family in the North, and last year we took our annual vacation to visit them. We were invited to my aunt’s house for Sunday brunch and we were delighted to go. We had a great time and eventually the conversation turned to HVAC technology. My uncle and aunt owned a white asparagus farm which meant their property was extensive. They had invested in a geothermal heat pump to heat and cool their home. I had never even heard of a geothermal heat pump. My aunt and uncle explained that sometimes the heat pump takes a while to warm up the home, so they had invested in something called radiant heated flooring throughout their home. I had heard of radiant heated floors, but I always thought that they were just a luxury for spoiled people. I didn’t know that they could be used to heat the home. I wondered how a heat pump could be used to cool the home. My husband tried to explain it to me but it went over my head. Still, I never thought HVAC technology could be so interesting.