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DIY Underfloor Heating

May 29, 2015
DIY Underfloor Heating

Good news if you are renovating your bathroom - DIY underfloor heating kits are now available, making it easy to install & really affordable.

Underfloor Heating

The DIY Electric Underfloor heating systems from Comfort Heat are designed for residential builds, and are an innovative way to add the luxury off electric radiant heat to your bathrooms, kitchens or entire home without breaking the bank.

We recently spoke with Sandra, the General Manager at Comfort Heat, to find out more about this heating option for your home.

Underfloor Heating Kits

The DIY kits for electric radiant heat are very popular, as they allow the homeowner to save on the cost of labour. This puts under floor heating within the budget of most homeowners. The DIY bathroom kits, which effectively add a heat mat to your space, are inexpensive, and an easy installation project

Installing Underfloor Heating

The process of installing floor heating is surprisingly straightforward, and there are lots of supporting material – clear instruction manuals and videos, as well as a customer support line to call if you need help. But before you get to installation the key thing is to work out the size of the area that you want to install underfloor heating in.

The easiest way to do this is to get measuring and plot it onto a piece of grid paper. Here’s how to do it: • Draw the room dimensions to start with • Then draw in the areas where you don’t need to heat – for example in the bathroom you won’t need to heat under the vanity, under the bath, in the shower, under the toilet etc. • Send in your sketch and we can then provide the right sized kit for your room. Our website also has a basic grid as a download which will help you work out the right floor area yourself.

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How much power does underfloor heating use?

All the floor heating systems we design and supply are controlled by a thermostat with a floor sensor. You can program the thermostat to keep the floor at a set temperature and the thermostat will turn the floor on and off to maintain your selected temperature. Some rooms are warm with the floor temperature set to 23 deg C – others may need a bit more heat as they are not as efficient as holding – the maximum temperature should be around 27 deg C.

The most efficient way to run your underfloor heating is to leave it running at a consistently set moderate temperature, your power consumption will soar if you are trying to use your underfloor heating to heat a room quickly.

Can you put heating under laminate flooring?

The best flooring over a heated floor is a hard floor – polished concrete, or tiles laid over a screed. Laminate floors, Floating timber floors and carpet can be heated, but will not be as efficient to run as the hard floors but are very good aat retaining the heat & providing warmth to the floor and room. For floor coverings which are natural insulators such as rubber or cork, there is not much reason to heat under them if the heat cannot get through. For linoleum floors, the heating would need to be installed in a screed topping so there is a flat surface under the linoleum or the cables will show through over time.

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Can you retro-fit underfloor heating?

As the heating is in the floor, there needs to be new flooring being installed to install in floor heating systems. The easiest floor heating to retrofit is under existing carpet or floating timber boards, however the carpet or boards must be taken up and then re-laid. The most common installation of floor heating in an existing building is the bathroom floor heating and this is done when the bathroom is being renovated and laid under the new tiles. Another retrofit would be when new tiles are being laid in an existing house.

Cost of Heated Floors in the Bathroom

The bathroom is one of the least expensive rooms to install underfloor heating in. Obviously, the larger the floor area, the higher the price, but even an average bathroom kit is usually under $550.00

Plus the kits are available for shipping nationwide.

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What are the advantages of Installing Floor heating?

A heat mat or under floor heating is one of the most effective and efficient ways to heat a room, or a house. It is totally invisible, has no moving parts, there is no dust or noise and no drying of the air spaces.

The underfloor systems improve the comfort of any house, as the coldest rooms are no longer taking the heat from the other living spaces. They also assist in removing dampness and mold from homes.

Electric floor heating systems are best for smaller floor areas as they can heat down to 1 square metre of space and are totally controlled. Most electric radiant heat systems that are in the floor can be installed by anyone.

What is the warranty on an underfloor heating kit?

Comfort Heat offers same warranty applies to a DIY kit as applies to a floor heating system installed by specialist installers – 10 years on the cable installed in cement slab, in screed or in tile glue; 5 years on the cable installed under a floating timber floor or carpet; 2 years on the thermostat controls.

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Does underfloor heating suit every home?

Every home is different and may require varied heating solutions. How the heating options are utilised within the home needs to be designed so the most effective and efficient heating system is installed.

While floor heating is a wonderful heating option, it is not always able to be incorporated in building projects. Ideally, underfloor heating is utilised in conjunction with other heating options to ensure efficiency – so discussing your project, providing information regarding your plans and giving an insight into expectations for the heating are good starting points to determine the right heating options for any particular project.

Ready to install your own under floor heating system in your bathroom? The Comfort Floors bathroom kits provide all the materials and installation guides necessary to install under floor heating in your bathroom.

Please note, as per instructions supplied with the DIY Electric Comfort Heat Kits, they require a qualified electrician to do your final connection. All floor heating loads are supplied for you and your electrician. For all electrical instructions, please contact Comfort Heat directly.

The Team at House of Home would like to thank Sandra from Comfort Heat Australia for her expert advice when it comes to selecting a floor heating system for your home.

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