If you are at the stage of choosing your bathroom for your new-build or renovation, one room that deserves special attention is the bathroom.
Some people get so caught up in choosing fixtures, such as tiles and sanitary ware that they overlook a key element of the bathroom design in terms of functionality, with a critical requirement being heating. Other key essentials of bathroom design to maintain the feeling of warmth and luxury is heated towel rails and mirror demisters.
Underfloor heating warms the home through radiant heat emitted from a warm wire element or water pipe from the floor. It warms dense objects like people and objects first from the floor upwards.
There are two systems to choose from – electric and hydronic – available in a number of systems to match your project and budget. Many choose a hybrid system, electric upstairs in bathrooms and bedrooms and hydronic downstairs in kitchens.
Which system is right for me?
Electric and hydronic are suitable for all types of projects, new-build, retrofits and refurbishment.
However, if you require underfloor heating as a secondary source of heating to take the chill off floors, for example, in a bathroom or kitchen, electric would be the best and most cost effective solution.
- If you choose electric, once the system is laid there is no further service or maintenance costs. There is a low maintenance associated with hydronic
- Underfloor heating is invisible, frees-up wall and floor space
- Electric systems with a 1.8mm wire is available from Warmup, the thinnest and easiest to install
- Heats-up in minutes, much quicker than radiators (when used with insulation)
- More cost effective – the heating system is precisely controlled in each zone by the controls such as the 3iE energy-monitor thermostat or for total convenience, the 4iE smart Wi-Fi thermostat, which allows the end user to set or amend heating in the home and remotely from a smartphone, tablet or computer. It costs just 13p per day to heat an average bathroom
- Warmup systems come with a Lifetime Warranty and SafetyNet Installation Guarantee. This means should the heating system be accidentally damaged during installation, Warmup will replace it free of charge. They also offer a dedicated team of service engineers should a floor become damaged in the future, i.e., drilling through a wire or pipe
Which flooring types work best with underfloor heating?
Underfloor heating offers versatility and can be used with most floor finishes, these include natural stone, ceramic, wood, laminate, vinyl and carpet.
There is an underfloor heating system suitable for specific floor finishes. For example, if you are heating your bathroom and your floor covering is natural stone or ceramic, Warmup recommends using its Underfloor Heating Mats – available on 150W & 200W/m² – or its Loose Wire System. Both systems have the toughest and thinnest wire available on the market, only 1.8mm with multi-strand core, double-insulated using advanced fluoropolymer coatings, not PVC – important when installed under an expensive floor!
Installation of electric or hydronic underfloor heating systems is a simple process and careful preparation following Warmup’s instructions is highly recommended.