Seniors Can Skip the Slippers in Their New CHA Bathrooms

November 09, 2010

Now, here’s a nice touch and a first for Chicago public housing.

Seniors will have heated bathroom floors to keep them warm during cold Chicago winters in a North Side CHA apartment building undergoing a renovation.

The first residents are expected to move in this December to Kenmore Senior Apartments, 5040 N. Kenmore, where a $16.8 million rehab project is nearing completion.

Kenmore Senior Apartments

Kenmore Senior Apartments

The Chicago Housing Authority has decided to install Warmly Yours radiant floor heating systems in each of the building’s 100 newly rehabbed units.

The floors:

*Utilize in-floor sensors that allow for precise temperature control

*Have no moving parts

*Are maintenance free: There are no filters to change

*Cost pennies a day to operate

*Are UL Listed for safety

“Even with adequate heating systems warming the apartments as a whole, linoleum bathroom floor tile can get extremely cold during the winter months. This is a real problem for seniors who are easily chilled and susceptible to illness,” said Veronica Gonzalez, development manager for the CHA. “Installing Warmly Yours heated floors in the Kenmore rehab project will eliminate that discomfort at low cost, both in upfront investment and energy consumption over the long term, and with no maintenance expenses at all.”

The City of Chicago is redeveloping and rehabbing all public housing sites in Chicago under the CHA’s Plan for Transformation, the largest, most ambitious redevelopment effort of public housing in the country.

And now, they’ve added heated bathroom floors to one of their buildings.

“For senior citizens, warmth is not just a matter of comfort. It’s a matter of health,” said Lindy Alo, National Accounts Manager for Warmly Yours. “The CHA recognized the value of our radiant heating systems in making the Kenmore apartments more livable, and arguably healthier, for senior residents.

“They will serve as a role model for other public housing agencies trying to meet the special needs of the older population.”

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