For the most part, I have no issues staying warm in my house. Whether it’s a mildly cool night at the beginning of fall, or if there’s an intense blizzard coming down on a cold winter’s night, I can usually keep warm without issues. We have an excellent boiler system in place that provides consistent, moist warmth to the house and I simply love it! However, it isn’t perfect. The kitchen of all places tends to be one of the coldest spots in the house. It can be pretty aggravating too, as I will feel my upper body staying warm while my feet feel like they’re about to freeze and break off! After years of trying to just deal with it as best as I could, either by wearing thick socks or wearing shoes inside at all times, I decided to do some research while I was at work. I’d hoped that there was possibly some advancement with heating systems that catered to warming the house from the ground up, and there certainly were! Radiant floor heating sounded perfect, but my husband and I have wonderful hardwood floors that we’re not willing to destroy for the sake of having warm feet. Then, we learned about these electric “toe-kick” heaters, which are just what it sounds like! It’s a heating system at the ground level that turns on when you hit the switch with your foot. Beside the switch is a long vent register, which directly pushes warm air out to heat you up from the ground up. The best part was that there are hydronic heaters available too – since we already have the boiler, we just had to run a dedicated hot water pipe from the boiler to the unit under the kitchen cabinet. I was thrilled with this little heating device, and I heavily recommend it to anyone who doesn’t want to commit to radiant floor heating!

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