You’ve decided to bring the spa home with you – No matter which way you look at it, it’s a great decision!
However before you invest in heated floors for your bathroom, here are the answers to the questions you’ve no doubt asked yourself about an in-floor warming system.
What are the two types of heated floors available?
- Electric radiant heat produces an electrical current that once applied to heating elements and creates warmth under your feet. This is the most common type of in-floor heating.
- Hydronic heat utilizes water (hence the term “hydro”) that is heated and distributed through a tubing system. This system is less common but equally safe and effective in keeping your floors warm.
What type is best for my bathroom?
If you are renovating your entire house, hydronic heating is the way to go. However, if you are only looking to add heated floors to your bathroom, it is recommended that you use electric radiant heat.
The electric system is more cost-effective and easier to install in a small space like your restroom. It also works well with the linoleum, laminate or tile flooring that adorns most bathroom floors.
If you have wood flooring in your bathroom, it is not recommend that you install heated floors.
Does in-floor heating replace my furnace?
No, it does not. In-floor heating is controlled by its own thermostat; therefore, it does not replace your main source of heat generation.
It does, nonetheless, add value to your existing heating unit.
Do heated floors make noise?
This is one of the biggest bonuses of heated floors- They’re virtually silent! Because in-floor heating works without a furnace, there are no ducts or loose vents to rattle and squeak.
How long does in-floor heating last?
Electric and hydronic heating systems can last up to 40 years before needing to be replaced. They are durable and unlike traditional furnaces that need replacing every 10-15 years, they take less than an hour to start working.
Can moisture affect my heated bathroom floors?
Unfortunately, moisture affects everything in the bathroom. While some surfaces like mirrors and tiled walls only need a quick fix for that moisture, floors require a little more attention. You can install a vapour barrier or, if you have a built-in fan in your bathroom, that works just as well to keep moisture from destroying your floors.
Installing heating flooring for your bathroom is a big step, but once you’ve considered all the factors involved, stepping onto a warm bathroom floor on a cold winter morning is a great way to start the day!