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The Different Options You Can Get With Bathroom Floor Heating

Often, one of the coldest floors within the home is the bathroom. Most of the time, coldness is one of the last things people want to feel on their feet. This accounts for one of the main reasons people consider installing a bathroom floor heating system. However, not all people know where to start. For the most part, there are many considerations to make.

Installing floor heating in bathrooms means that there are some things to take note of have to do with the type of floor material, in addition to budget, and a number of other things. In general, some of the best conductors of heat are materials such as slate, granite, marble, stone, porcelain, ceramic, and glass.

However, one thing to consider is the thickness of the tiles as well. Generally, the thicker the tiles, the longer it will take for the floors to heat. On the other hand, thicker floors do tend to account for the heat lasting a longer length of time.

Some of the most important things to consider while choosing between the different bathroom heat flooring are things such as local building codes, architecture, and your budget. In general, areas change their housing codes all the time and are one of the reasons to consider this.

Types of Bathroom Floor Heating

In general, there are a number of different types of bathroom floor heating systems available. Some advantages of the newer types out there are things such as their ease in use, in addition their friendliness on the environment. In addition, many offer a better price, along with energy efficiency.

In any case, regardless of the system a person chooses they are sure to enjoy the advantages that come with having bathroom floor heating. This is especially the case when you have the ability to step out of the shower on cold winter nights onto nice warm tiles. All of the below are examples of radiant heating options.

Bathroom Heated Floor Mats

These tend to offer one of the cheapest options and are the easiest to install. With the floor heating mats, you only have to roll them out on the floor and then use them. Overall, they come in a number of different sizes and offer either 120 or 240 volts.

Closed System

A closed system uses a thermostat, which in turn controls a pump. When the thermostat is turned on then the waters warmed from either the water heater or boiler and sent throughout the floor in order to heat it.

In-floor Cable Electric Floor Heating

This is considered a type of electric under floor heating and is another type of option for bathroom floor heating. They generally come in kits with all of the accessories needed and either are 120 volts or 240 volts. Essentially, this heating uses a cable system of wires that is laid out and covered with a self-leveling pour. In essence, these types of systems use cables, which are high tech in order to make them more energy efficient and durable with heating the floors.

Indirect System

With the indirect system, water is pumped through a heat exchanger. As the water goes through, the heat is transferred to the water in order to warm the floor and a pump is used in order to pump the water throughout the floor.

Open Direct System

Ultimately, this type of system uses the same hot water people use for their showers/baths and laundry. In most cases, this is one of the number one options for homeowners, since it makes it so they do not have to purchase another hot water heater. In addition, this type of system has the option of being used use with solar energy. Usually, people do not need to worry about a larger water heater as long as their current one is 50 gallons or larger.

Bathroom Floor Heating Installation

Before starting any types of heating bathroom floor installation, you should make sure that all of the old flooring is removed. In addition, no nails or glue should be left over on the floor. During the time you are doing this, it is a good idea to use an old towel to plug the toilet in order to keep sewer gases from coming in. In the case that you are installing a heated mesh under the tile, consider how much mesh you need in addition to how much it is going to raise the new tiles from the floor.

bathroom floor heatingIn some cases, you will need to raise the drain of the toilet, as well as replace the baseboard and doorframes.

It is important to call an electrician if you are not experienced with doing electrical work, but in any case make sure you turn off the power before moving forward with your project and connecting the thermostat to the mesh according to the manufacturer's directions.

Overall, this type of project is something you can do yourself and there is a lot of detailed information on the internet along with the bathroom heating kit that you can buy for your DIY project. However, if you are not someone with DIY experience then you should avoid doing it.

In addition, you should make sure that you are not breaking any laws by doing it yourself, depending on the local laws of the community you are in. A bathroom floor heating system should not be difficult to install if you pay attention to the points mentioned in this article.