Granted, most of the heat is rising from the floors and going in the opposite direction, but still creates a thermal bubble below that house that further insulates the building from the dire Winter environment.
Ever since I watched my mother work hard to rehabilitate and care for an injured baby raccoon when I was a small kid, I have had a total fascination with those furry little animals. They’re amazingly cute when they eventually leave their nest with their mother for the first time. They reach early adolescence and start growing decent sized coats of lovely marbled hair. They follow behind their mother very closely and watch with fascination as she digs for frogs and rodents. Some people really don’t care for raccoons, but I think they’re totally adorable. I’m not bothered that a small family of raccoons is remaining warm in our crawl section as our region sees record breaking lows inside of the cold season. They never get into our trash and it’s entirely clear they’re under there making an attempt to survive in freezing temperatures. Since I have radiant heated flooring in my residence, they are probably able to get some of that heat sitting below the residence the way they do. Granted, most of the heat is rising from the floors and going in the opposite direction, but still creates a thermal bubble below that house that further insulates the building from the dire Winter environment. Not to mention the lifesaving effect it is having on that family of raccoons as they brace themselves for the worst Winter the group of us have ever had in this particular region. I genuinely hope whatever little bit of heat from our radiant heated floors reaches them as they relax below our residence during the afternoon and evening. I wonder if other animals have made the choice to crawl under our residence in tandem with the raccoons. I don’t want an infestation of rodents by any means, but for now the raccoons aren’t really harming anyone, let alone our residence and us.