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Your kitchen floor is cold as no warm air is blowing across the floor from floor level registers, so cold air sinks to the floor keeping it cold in spite of under-floor insulation. The cold breeze falls from the cold walls across the floor.
Because there is a habit in the Midwest of installing the cheapest type of heating to have cooling for a few months, it takes a considerable investment in equipment to change to radiant floor heating using hot water heating from a ducted air system.
Electric and propane are near in price per unit of heat after efficiencies are compared.
Search on http://www.google.com for electric floor radiant and you will get instructions on how to install electric radiant heat in the floor of the kitchen. You can add additional rooms independently of the kitchen when you desire.
If you are going to do the entire house with radiant, melt your snow from your driveway and walkways, heat a hot tub and make hot water at the least cost, change to an oil boiler as the source for a water heated radiant system. A hot water duct coil can be put by the furnace blower to heat the house through the ductwork in addition to the radiant, so not all rooms would have to have radiant floor heat.