Underfloor heating is an increasingly attractive option for houses in Australia. Rather than the typical convection-based heating systems, underfloor heating uses heat radiation to create a warm and cozy home environment. Naturally, given the heat is radiating up through the floor, it is essential to weigh up which type of flooring is the best choice. Different materials and different finishes will produce different results, depending on their thermal conductivity.
When it comes to underfloor heating, your two main choices are hydronic (pipes located underneath the flooring that have warm water pumping through them and radiate heat out) and electric (electrical wires instead of water). When it comes to installing a new system into your bathroom, which of the two options is right for you? Read our comprehensive guide to the differences between hydronic and electric underfloor bathroom heating.
When most people think of floor heating, they usually think of using it to warm up hard, cold surfaces like wooden floorboards and frosty bathroom tiles. However, it might come as a surprise to learn that you can also use underfloor heating for carpeted areas. Read on to find out more about how you can use underfloor heating on almost all indoor floor surfaces and how it can save you money and improve your quality of life.
Will Heat Come Through the Carpet?
Think underfloor heating doesn’t work with carpet, because carpet is too thick an insulator? Think again! Unless you’re having an extraordinarily thick carpet installed at your home, the heat will come through and warm up the carpet without any worries at all. You can have a chat with our staff and organise an inspection and quote before the build commences so you can be 100% sure of the top-notch outcomes you can expect.
Is There Special Technology for Under Carpet Heating?
The Comfort Heat Under Carpet Heating Foil has been designed for the specific purpose of providing invisible under carpet heating, but it works wonderfully with floating timber floors as well. The heating mat has a heat output of 140W per square metre, and when switched on, it has a fast response time. You’ll have luxurious, warm carpets at the desire temperature in as little as fifteen minutes.
Is Installing Under Carpet Heating Safe?
Any electrical job can be dangerous when done by an inexperienced person. However, when installed by a professional like somebody from the team at Comfort Heat, all underfloor heating services are incredibly safe, no matter what surface you’re working with. Our specialist staff can design the best installation for you and your specific circumstances. Final connection of the carpet mats to electricity must be carried out by a licenced electrician.
Is It Cost Effective?
Underfloor heating is one of the most cost-effective ways to heat a room, be it a kitchen with floor boards, a tiled bathroom, or a carpeted bedroom. In comparison to air conditioning, which heats all the air up above you near the ceiling, underfloor heating heats a part of the house that you’re actually living in. There’s less power wastage, so lower power bills. Plus, with under carpet heating, you’ll have the added, priceless feeling of having lovely warm carpet between your toes.
As many happy customers have attested, Comfort Heat are the best in the business. To find out more about under carpet heating, and get more information about the costs, long term benefits, and installation process, the team at Comfort Heat are ready to help. Contact us online or call 02 9133 8124, and we can start you on the well-warmed path to a cosier, more cost-effective home.
As temperatures fall to new lows in winter and rise to unprecedented peaks in summer, energy consumption via heating and cooling is a mounting concern in Australian climates. Heating and cooling costs make up 40% of the average Australian household’s energy consumption- far outstripping any other energy need. With heating and cooling also comprising anywhere between 40 and 60% of non-residential energy usage, it is clear that more efficient climate control measures than ducted air conditioning and other common methods need to be investigated.
Thanks to recent innovations and a growing number of options in the market, hydronic in- or under-floor heating has become an attractive cost-efficient and low energy solution for residential and commercial projects alike. Suitable for installation in-slab or on subfloors under various floor coverings including timber, hydronic systems can use heat pump technology to take advantage of convection, encouraging heat to rise up through a space instead of forcing it down. As an alternative to other heating and cooling systems, hydronic solutions utilising heat pump technology offer significant potential for zoned control: instead of automatically heating an entire floor of a building or a whole home, individual
rooms and spaces can be heated on an as-needed basis. The versatility of heat pump systems is bolstered by their ability to switch between heating and cooling as well as their easy integration with photovoltaic systems and battery banks, allowing energy to be purchased off-grid.
According to the Office Health & Safety Guidelines in New South Wales, room temperatures must be constant throughout winter. A business owner is required to make sure that the environment in which work is being carried out is at a comfortable temperature range for workers. If air temperature is too low, it can contribute to fatigue and cold related illnesses. Optimum comfort for sedentary or office work is between 20 to 26 degrees, depending on the time of the year.
Whether you’re a new homeowner who is building their dream home, or a building contractor who wants to add a little something to their repertoire to sweeten the deal, you should really consider floor heating when you build.
Want to know why? Here are a few reasons why floor heating is something you’ll want to build into a home.
Even, Ambient Heating
Floor heating is a great heating option for Sydney homes because it offers just the right amount of ambient, even heating in small or large areas. And because the climate in Sydney is quite moderate and never gets too cold, you may find underfloor heating to be the perfect heating solution.
Floor heating, whether electric heating or hydronic heating, will provide your home with safe, invisible radiant heat that is even, without noise and without dust. This is a gentle heating option that will create the optimal interior environment that is most favourable to human thermal comfort.
More Energy Efficient
The way floor heating works is that it warms the surfaces (and then the air) in the room. Because the warm surfaces reduce the rate of heat loss from people in the room, it allows them to feel more comfortable in room temperatures that are actually a few degrees lower than other methods of heating. There is also less heat loss through the ceiling insulation, which may lower the cost of heating.
If you choose hydronic heating over electric, you’ll save even more money on energy for large floor areas. These systems reduce fuel usage compared to traditional heating methods while not compromising at all on comfort. You’ll not only save your wallet, but you’ll also lower your carbon footprint. Some customers even say that their energy bills have been reduced to a third.
A Quiet Heating System
One reason why people love these systems is that they can deliver heat without noise – there is no mechanical noise and no air or water noise, that come with some heating solutions
Out of Sight, But Not Out of Mind
If you’re building a new home, you might be considering some of the latest trends in minimalism and contemporary décor and architecture. Therefore, it would serve your new Sydney home well to have a heating system that is out of sight. By fitting the pipes or cables underneath the floors, you don’t have to compromise the look of your space or the placement of your furniture.
Whether you have carpet or timber floor, you can easily have heating mats installed underneath to create an elegant and comfortable heated environment.
Forced air heating spreads around dust and germs, whereas radiant floor heating circulates air almost imperceptibly. This is much better for people who suffer from allergies. In addition, if you have small children, you don’t have to worry about them sticking their small fingers in dangerous holes or on hot surfaces.
Interested in floor heating when building a new home in Sydney? Get in touch with Comfort Heat today.