One of the best kinds of home heating systems
is floor heating. However, before installing floor heating, their are some important things you need to take into consideration. How costly is floor heating? How difficult is it to install? Is it the appropriate type of heating for your entire home or should you limit the amount of floor heating you install?
How Costly is Floor Heating?
Many people do not even consider installing floor heating because they think it is a very expensive type of heating to buy. When you look into it, though, you'll find that floor heating can be surprisingly affordable. The heating elements are embedded in pads and connected directly to your electrical supply. The cost depends mostly upon the square metres being covered and whether or not any floor preparation has to be done beforehand. For this reason, floor heating is most cost effective when you are building a new home or doing home renovations.
How Hard is it to Install Floor Heating?
There are two types of floor heating:
- Hydronic heating uses solar, water, natural gas or even wood fired heat. This type of floor heating relies on a network of pipes and requires professional installation and the services of a licensed plumber.
- Electric floor heating is the most commonly used type of floor heating. There are DIY kits available that make it easy for anyone to install their own floor heating. In most cases, you need to provide your supplier with a detailed floor plan and the kit will be custom made for each room. After that it is just a matter of laying the heating elements on the floor as directed. You will need to get a qualified electrician to do the final connection, but if you are a reasonably skilled DIYer, you can do the rest yourself. Any special tools are also included in the kit.
Do I Need to Install Floor Heating in My Entire House?
If you are building a new home and want floor heating to be your main source of heat, then yes, it's better to have the whole job done at once. This will save you a great deal of money on installation costs, since the installers can come in and quickly install all the heating elements at the same time.
If you are renovating or adding on, there's no reason not to choose flooring heating for one room just because you don't have it in the other rooms in your house. Floor heating pads are very thin and can be laid over all kinds of sub-floors. If you are going to be getting a new carpet
for your living room, that is the time to get floor heating for your living room. If you are renovating your bathroom, it is the perfect time to get bathroom floor heating.
Floor heating elements have been designed for laying under carpets, timber
and there are 'in screed' heating cable units for sand and cement surfaces. There are even stand alone floor heating pads that are perfect for laying under your desk or computer work station in place of a space heater. A rug underlay floor heating pad is completely invisible, but feels so good underfoot. The bottom line is this: if you want floor heating, there is something available that will be perfect for your needs, at a price you can afford.