Heard about it. Just wondering if it has any requirement on the hardwood flooring.
Is it easy to install and maintain?
Will it consume lot of electric energy?
Will it make the room too dry?
My house ceilings are not high. With this installed, will it even lower the ceiling?
Anyways, I want to find out the pros and cos before my renovation.
To answer your question, there are several types of electric heated floors, in varying price points and effectiveness. In either case you will need a licensed electrician to wire the system in for you. It is also very important to select an engineered hardwood that is rated for floating installation over radiant heat, and keep your humidifier turned up. The systems are fairly easy to maintain, but power usage will depend on how often you use the heated floor, and what temperature you set it to. Typically you will lose about an inch of ceiling height with either system.
The less expensive systems are basically prefabricated mats that are available in different standard sizes which are laid down over the sub-floor, and set in place using thinset (tile mortar) .
* Easier product to install
*Less expensive overall project cost
*Readily available in most home improvement stores
*Less effective heat radiation
*Standard mat size limitations
*Typically shorter life span
The more expensive systems are customized for each individual job. The wiring is run through the area, over the sub-floor in the most effective layout and again thinset (tile mortar) in place.
*More efficient heat radiation
*Customized heating grid
*Typically longer life span
*Difficult to install (professional installation strongly recommended)
*More expensive total project cost
*More power usage
Just to add to Bill's, If possible run 220 Volt cable instead of 110. It will consume almost half the electricity for the same heat. Also it is designed as supplimental heating, as a main source of heating it will cost a fortune to run.
To pretty well answer most of your questions, I've enclosed the installation manual from Britech for heat cables under laminate / hardwood. Remember there is a big difference between floor warming and room heating.
As you will see, the cable laying is rather simple, however, you do need an electrician to install the 240 wiring, hardware, and hook ups. You will want to get an estimate from him in advance for his costs. You will also want your floor layer to have advance knowledge of what you are up to. Once you have your dimensions or a drawing, get hold of Britech and they'll supply you with an itemized list of everything you need,and where to buy it.
The comprehensive instructions are easy to follow and personal assistance is available on their toll free help line or via email.
They are made for ceramic, porcelain flooring because they maintain the heat. They are as expensive as much as you use it. If there on high all the time it will cost you.
It wont make the room dry cause its a slow heat built up in the floor not like an element in the room.
Easy to install but once their in there in and if there is a problem in the floor, you would have to remove the tiles.
Ideally there are best by an entrance and in the bathroom to evaporate any water on the floor and provide alternate heat.
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