Can anyone have in-floor heating in their home?


Anybody can have an in-floor heating system in their home, so far it comes with lots of benefits, and they can afford it. Often people see the installation of an in-floor heating system into a home as an unnecessary addition. In-floor heating can be a smart strategy for heating or warming your whole property or house. Many homeowners request for it as an upgrade for their new homes, and that shows most homeowners highly demand it. However, it is essential to note that if you want to install the water-based heating system, it can only be installed in homes that have just been renovated completely where the floor has been dug up or in new homes.

The water-based or hydronic-based in-floor heating system tends to be the most efficient, making use of hot water to pass heat via a network of tubing. Having an in-floor heating can also be a great addition to your home, which may help those looking to resell a property close a deal. In-floor heating can be utilised to warm virtually all kinds of hard flooring, be it bathrooms, kitchens and the likes.

  • Cheap Way of Doing In-floor Heating

In-floor heating systems are mediums for heating small areas like kitchens, bathrooms and so on in a cost-effective way. Although these in-floor heating systems do not come cheap, there are some techniques or methods for installing them. These methods are less expensive, don’t require many materials, and are less labour intensive. The least costly or cheapest way is to do the installation beneath the subfloor, instead of installing it between the finish flooring and the subfloor. When the room is on top of a basement, doing the installation on the bottom or base of the subflooring is the preferred method. Between the two types- electric and water-based, the former (electric in-floor heating system) is less expensive than the latter (water-based in-floor heating system).

  • Which of the in-floor heating is best for my home, and what does it cost?

You can go for either the water-based heating or electric heating. The water-based heating is known as ”wet’ heating, while the electric in-floor heating is also known as ”dry’ system.

  1. Electric Systems: The cost of installing electric in-floor heating depends on the rates of your local electricity and the workload of the system. However, it is not advisable to install an electric in-floor heating system in your home if you stay in areas with high electricity bills or in colder climates. Furthermore, in high-demand places, it is useful for generating additional heat in specific applications. For example, it can be used to heat bathroom floors in the morning and overnight too. The electric system can be cost-effective in areas with lower charge rates for power during off-hours often in the early morning period and overnight.
  2. Water-based systems: The cost of installing a water-based system varies based on factors like how close is the heating system to the boiler or whether the room/space you are heating is on the ground floor. However, the water-based system will most likely be costlier than laying or installing electric mats for a dry system.