UNDERFLOOR HEATING: EXPECTATION VS REALITY
|Underfloor heating has been an innovative solution for homes in Australia during the winter months for many years.
However, the luxurious nature of the product has led many people to believe that they can’t afford to have it in their home.
At Speedheat, we are here to reveal the truth and demonstrate why our electric underfloor heating systems are the perfect solution for you and your home. Let’s explore the misconceptions about this form of heating and discover why underfloor heating remains one of the best heating systems in the market today.
MISCONCEPTION #1: HAVING UNDERFLOOR HEATING IS A LUXURY
When underfloor heating was introduced in the Australian market, it was substantially more expensive than other alternatives as you needed to install it in the foundation slab and cover the whole. As engineering and technology have advanced, companies have been able to lower their prices and expand their target customers to include a wider population.
The accessibility and affordability for the average household to purchase and install our system in their home has never been greater. The idea that buying and installing underfloor heating is expensive no longer holds relevance due to changes in technology and ability to focus the heating exactly where you need it.
Comparatively, the difference in set-up costs for electric under floor heating is significantly less than hydronic underfloor heating and costs less to run than other conventional systems.
When considering installing a Speedheat product in your home, we will consider your project budget and scope of work and deliver a solution that meets your needs. Our clients are always surprised by the affordability of selecting underfloor heating in their homes and the long-term economic benefit of investing in this system.
MISCONCEPTION #2: UNDERFLOOR HEATING BILLS ARE HIGH
One of the most common reasons that clients are less inclined to explore the electric underfloor hearing route is that they believe the cost of running the system will be too high.
Research suggests that this heating method is one of the most cost-effective temperature-control solutions you can have in your home as you are heating from the ground up and only heating the air once.
It is economical because homeowners have greater control over distribution because the underfloor heating can be zoned. When installing the product, you can choose what rooms you will be placing the product in, and the thermostat allows users to allocate what hours they will turn the system on. Meaning you only pay for what you use.
With the increasing accessibility to solar generation on homes, this heating is able to take advantage of the electricity generated through the solar panels during the day. This means you can get your home heated with no ongoing cost after installation.
In addition, overall costs are generated by current electricity rates, the capacity of the product, the area of the room, and daily usage. Our customers have found Speedheat to match and even come in cheaper than their previous heating system.
MISCONCEPTION #3: LIMITED FLOOR COVERING OPTIONS
One of the more prevalent misconceptions centres around homeowners’ limitations regarding their flooring options if they choose underfloor heating for their homes. Many Australians are selecting Speedheat as their primary heating solution because of the wide range of compatible flooring.
Our products are the thinnest in the market, measuring 1.5mm in width, and operates under a range of diverse flooring options, including ceramic tiles, natural stone, timber floors, laminate, vinyl and even epoxy resin.
These flooring options are all compatible with the Speedheat products, but each material works with the product in differing ways. For example, you may require a heater with a higher wattage if you have chosen to run it under tiles, as it will take longer to reach the set temperature than carpet or laminate. Or you may need to allow for levellers or screed to increase the distance between the heater and the flooring finish.
When selecting an underfloor heating system for your home, look for a company that can work with you and your chosen flooring.
MISCONCEPTION #4: ELECTRIC UNDERFLOOR HEATING IS A SUPPLEMENT HEAT SOURCE
Underfloor heating has tended to be used in conjunction with other heating solutions. . However, underfloor heating has the ability to be the primary form of heating in a home.
In Europe, this is seen as a primary form of heating, but in the Australian climate, many customers also integrate a split system to cool the home in the warmer months. It is for this reason that many homeowners select underfloor heating for specific areas, such as the bathroom, as it supports keeping this area warm at competitive rates compared with conventional ways of heating.
At Speedheat, we have engineered a low-wattage heating system that can safely and evenly distributes warmth in your chosen space, because it is so efficient it will keep your home warm throughout the day and night.
MISCONCEPTION #5: UNDERFLOOR HEATING IS FOR FLOORING ONLY
Although the name may be misleading, this heating system technology can be installed in your home under your floor, walls, ceiling, and mirrors.
Our products are thin and can be fitted into the above-mentioned cavities of your home. One of the benefits of how our products are designed is that it sits just below the floor covering; for carpet heating, it will sit just beneath the underlay in a foil covering; and for tile heating, just beneath the glue or scree of the tile. The same concept is followed for our ceiling and wall spaces in ensuring the product is protected and able to deliver heating where you want it.
One of the ways that we have seen our heaters utilised in wall spaces is in laundries for drying cupboards and bathrooms behind towel racks. The products available for ceiling spaces are predominantly used in colder climates, for example, ski lodges. Speedheat systems are versatile and can be incorporated in a variety of settings in several different ways. Talk with our team to discuss the best options for you and your unique space.