How to Prepare Your Home for Floor Heating
The first step in installing floor heating is preparing the floor surface. Depending on the type of flooring, you may need to use a carpet pad or concrete slab. Electric radiant heating systems work best on ceramic tile floors, but most types of flooring can be used. Carpet padding helps absorb heat and improve the amount of heat generated. Slab pads, on the other hand, are flat and have a waffle or ribbed pattern. The thickness of the slab pad will depend on the thickness of the carpet.
Another way to prepare the floor for heating is by installing a programmable thermostat. This feature allows you to program the heating element’s temperature according to a specific schedule, which can be set up to two hours before the scheduled time. This feature is helpful when a room in the house is cold and you don’t want it to be too hot.
Electric underfloor heating is a cost-effective option for warming a room. Electric systems require less installation and running costs than wet underfloor heating systems. The electrical units installed under the floor are more efficient and can be installed in any room with a concrete subfloor. You can also choose to use a combination of electric and wet underfloor heating systems. Despite the lower initial cost, electric systems can have higher operating costs.
The main drawback of radiant floor heating is that you can’t heat all of the floors in your home. There are cold spots throughout the house, such as areas beneath the floor or in the garage or crawl space. The heat from your radiant floor heating will not heat the entire home and won’t be a primary source of heat. This makes radiant floor heating a great option for older homes and those who plan to remodel their homes in the future.
Radiant floor heating is safer than any other heating option, and doesn’t produce noise. However, if you want to make your room more relaxing, you may need to install a white noise machine. These machines create a sound that’s not disturbing and will make it easier to sleep. You can also set the sound level to your preference.
The installation costs of radiant floor heating systems vary depending on the size of the system and the amount of space it will cover. The costs of this heating system also depend on the type of pipe and insulation used. This type of heating requires more energy than other types, and it can be expensive if you need constant heat. But, if you’re building a new home, you can install the system during the flooring installation process.
The installation process for these systems is much easier thanks to the use of PEX tubing. PEX pipes are easy to install, and unlike older copper tubes, they are leak-free. The older systems used copper tubing that was embedded in the concrete, which eventually needed to be replaced. Earlier PEX tubing had its share of problems, including corrosion caused by oxygen. But newer models are equipped with a special oxygen barrier, which helps prevent the occurrence of such problems.