Have you ever thought of waking up on a cold morning during winter, stepping out of bed, and the moment you set foot on your floor, you get a warm feeling beneath your feet? This can be a dream come true with an in-floor heating system. These systems have become common because they are efficient, even and comfortable. However, there are some things that come into play when you have it into consideration. You need to ask these questions before installing the heating system in your home.
What Type of Flooring Works Best with the Heating System?
Despite the fact that all flooring materials work with heated floors, it is important to note that some are more effective than others. Materials that have thermal-conducting properties like ceramic tiles, concrete, and stone, are ideal. They hold, transfer, and conduct heat efficiently. They can also withstand high temperatures. On the other hand, solid floors expand and shrink when temperatures fluctuate and leave unsightly gaps. Wood floor lovers can have professional wood-floor installers manage the shrinkage.
What Is the Right Heating System for Your Home?
The two main types of in floor-heating are water and electric under floor heating. Before installing the system, find out which one is the better option for your home.
Electric floor heating is cheaper to install as compared to hot water in floor heating. The system has cables attached to mats that are installed under your flooring. It can be installed depending on the insulation and size of the room. The system can as well be installed under a thin carpet so that it doesn't absorb most of the heat. However, the manufacturer must recommend the product for insulation under the carpet.
Hot-water heating involves a series of hot water pipes connected to the boiler room or solar heating systems. They are mostly associated with tiled and stone floors, but they can also be used for thin carpeted floors when recommended by a manufacturer before installation.
Does Moisture Affect the Heated Floor in Your Bathroom?
You need to know that unlike tiled walls and mirrors that are fixed quickly when affected by moisture, heated floors need more attention. You can take care of your heated bathroom floors by either having an in-built fan that keeps the moisture away or have a vapour barrier installed.
Installing an in-floor heating system is quite a big step for anyone, but the moment you have these factors into consideration, walking on a warm floor during winter is the best feeling ever.