How do you keep warm in winter? Underfloor heating is becoming very popular in recent times because of the luxurious touch it provides. Have you considered adding it to your home?
Nothing beats the feeling of warmth under your feet, and Thermonet Underfloor Heating is your solution. It’s a great incentive to get out of bed even when the sheets are too comfortable.
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However, many people are concerned that underfloor heating is complicated to install and expensive to run. We want to debunk some of these myths and relieve all your doubts, so you can make the best decision for your home.
This is the type of system we most commonly use in Australia for installation in bathrooms. It is also known as ‘dry’ underfloor heating, because it uses electric cables that are woven together and laid under the tiles to provide heating.
Underfloor heating systems produce radiant heat, probably the most comfortable and energy efficient form of heating available.
Any type of underfloor heating needs to be installed before your floor finishes go down, whether this is tiles, floor boards or carpet. So make sure you think about underfloor heating early on in your renovation plans and make your wishes known to your builder.
Whilst you need to allow some budget for your tradesmen to lay the actual underfloor heating mat, it is a relatively quick job and shouldn’t take more than a few hours. The benefits of warm floors on cold days are timeless.
The idea of using radiant heat to gently warm a large floor surface at a low temperature was mastered over 2000 years ago by the Romans.
While the technology has changed over the years, the concept is as sound as it ever was; heating a large area at a modest temperature (21-25°C) produces the most comfortable and efficient form of heating possible.
Typical convection and fan heaters can be noisy, inefficient, expensive and unsightly. They warm a room by intensely heating the air near them. This results in a stuffy, uncomfortable atmosphere with chilly drafts.
The time frame needed to warm up your room will depend on the thickness of the tiles, whether the subfloor is concrete or wood, general levels of insulation and floor insulation. On an insulated wooden subfloor it takes approximately 20 to 40 minutes for the tiles to feel warm, then approximately 45 to 90 minutes to heat the room. On an uninsulated concrete floor it will take longer.
Our homes are full of electrical goods, some of which have a much higher energy consumption than you may think. Here are some examples of the average wattage of some familiar products found in homes all over the Australia. Thermonet’s underfloor heating kits, which are available in our online shop, only use 150 Watts per square metre.
Underfloor heating kits come in a variety of sizes ranging from 1 square metre to 12 square metres. All you need to do is work out how much of your floor will be uncovered, e.g. for a bathroom you won’t need underfloor heating under your bath hob, your freestanding vanity unit or your shower enclosure.
You will find out that the square metre rate required will be relatively small, by eliminating the above.
You are now able to control your Thermonet Underfloor Heating with a Thermotouch Dual Controller
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