What to consider before installing infloor heating

Building a new home, or ready to inject a bit of extra warmth into your existing property? The lure of consistent and efficient infloor heat can be hard to resist, but you need to know what it is and how it works.

So, before you throw your slippers away for good, here are a few things you’ll want to consider.

Electric radiant floor heating uses electric resistance cables to produce heat. In fact, unlike other heating methods, all the incoming electric energy is converted to heat.

Installations embedded in concrete during your build are known as ‘wet’, but you can also opt for dry installation – on top of your pre-existing subfloor. That means the luxury of toasty toes is available to pretty much anyone, whether new home builder or renovator!

It’s definitely possible to use infloor heating throughout the whole house, or just here and there as comfort dictates. To that end, a matting option can make installation extra-easy. No cabling to lay, just an ultra-thin layflat mesh incorporating pre-spaced cables.

Infloor heating can be a real game-changer for homes with high ceilings or large rooms. Where traditional heating methods end up achieving very little impact, despite expending a lot of energy, warming from the ground up will achieve a much greater result.

That’s also because, in the case of central heating, heat is dispersed through all radiators in the system, unless you selectively turn them off or lower the temperature with a thermostatic valve. Infinitely more flexible is the option of infloor heating, which allows you to create specific zones with defined temperatures, turned on and off to suit your lifestyle. Zone heating can produce energy savings of more than 20% compared to heating both occupied and unoccupied areas of your house. Which means, being able to adjust to your needs isn’t just the definition of comfort, it’s of course a significant money-saver.

While an emerging option, infloor heating was once on the expensive side, but with technology having evolved significantly, systems now aren’t just simple to install, they’re affordable for many homeowners. Costs will of course vary depending on your project size, but the great thing about electrical infloor heating is its ability to accommodate any scale home.

It’s also incredibly flexible when it comes to your preferred flooring – radiant heat is particularly perfect for stone, concrete and ceramic floors, usually found in bathrooms where the cosiness is extra appreciated! A wooden floor can work well too, but carpets – being insulators – are less effective. 

Feeling tempted? Of course you are! To be sure of the best possible result, we do recommend tracking down an experienced professional. Seeking expert advice and entrusting your project to a reputable tradesperson is the best way to ensure your heating delivers on its promise.

It’s hard to beat the comfort and responsiveness of radiant heat, and when you choose a manufacturer like CosyFloor you can be assured of a top-quality product, not just because of our reputation (although that counts for a lot!), but because we offer a lifetime warranty.

All the warmth, none of the worry.

Get in touch to find out more – call 877 757 8930 or email info@cosyfloor.ca.