Being the youngest brother, my first assignment every morning in the winter was to light all the gas fired radiators in our home. That meant cold rooms, cold floors and cold hands as I hopped about trying to get it over with so I could get to the kitchen stove and light the stove top burners for some warmth. It was not fun and I would have rejoiced if there had been an alternative, any alternative. Now there are several options, but one of them has several advantages. This option is electrical under-floor heating.
A quick comparison of electrical under-floor heating with other common systems is well worth the time and effort.
The widespread use of forced air heating has many people believing that this method is the best choice for heating a home or business space. However, other options are available and one of the very best is underfloor heating powered by electricity. These underfloor systems have enough variety to fit almost any space and can be used in existing homes as well as new homes.
There are older homes which still have a radiator system and they are prime targets for the under-floor heating advance. Think how much better it would be to stop waiting for the radiators to heat the air and just step our of bed onto a warm and toasty floor with the air already warmed!
Heating the air in a home can be a continuous process, depending on how much or how little insulation there is in the building. Under floor heating doesn’t require as much steady heating because it replaces one of the cold, often uninsulated spot, the floor.
The room does require good ventilation to make the atmosphere nice otherwise there is going to be a suffocating feeling and insulation does play a major role in it. It is not something like heating oil services in New Jersey but only a significant quantity that is needed at home.
An under-floor installation is usually a series of mats which have copper wires placed in the mat. These mats can be shaped to fit almost any room and will assure there few, if any, cold spots. In fact, the mats are easy enough to install that do-it-your-self people have put them down on their own. Using insulation boards in conjunction with the mats provides a stable and low energy cost warming setup.
Some significant advantages come with an electrical under-floor heating system. For example, the system is invisible meaning that no special decorations are necessary to “hide” anything.
One of the most important good aspects of under-floor heating is a savings of 10% to 15% in electrical costs.
Dust and other undesirable particles are not scattered about the rooms as in forced air heating. A steady warm flow of air rises uniformly across the heated area keeping “breezy” areas from being created.
And electrical under-floor heating is fast. The warmth of a room increases more rapidly than with other systems. Moreover, the room temperature tends to be more stable since all areas are heated at the same time.
If you are renovating, or building anew, the investigation of electrical under-floor heating along with insulated boards is a wise thing to include in your plans. It saves money, stops dirt transfer by forced air, is quick to provide warmth, fits almost any room and does not require special decorations or have a need for vents. A worthy and warm system.