Winter heating needs are the last thing on most people’s minds over the warmer months – but now is exactly when you need to start planning.
The reason under-tile heating works so well is simple science – it’s installed on top of the slab and radiates heat to all solid objects in the room and warms the air by convection.
Hotwire will heat the room to a lovely even warm temperature and doesn't require maintenance. The only way you know it’s there is that you feel beautifully warm and have an elegant touch screen thermostat on the wall.
Under tile heating is one of the most efficient ways of heating a bathroom or larger room and can save a family thousands of dollars in the long run.
Besides costing about a quarter of the price of a heat lamp over a year , the right system can be fully programmable and provide uniform, on-demand warmth.
It is cheaper than most people think – a kit suitable for a bathroom starts at around $499, all inclusive and for a large family room, it runs from about $1200 – but the system will pay for itself in energy savings.
Laying an under tile heating system can be a DIY job with an electrician only required for installation of the thermostat. Tiles must be laid with adequate expansion joints in-between to allow for expansion to prevent cracking.
But it’s important to make a decision early if you’re building a new home or renovating because you need to lay the heating element underneath your tiles.
The cable is covered by a 10-year warranty and in the unlikely event of a fault, the damage is easy to find and fixing it doesn’t require ripping up the floor.
Aesthetics apart, there are practical reasons for under-tile heating - especially in areas subject to water spillage like bathrooms, kitchens and laundries.
Heating the floor reduces the build-up of mould and a bathroom fan can go over the shower where it belongs.
The system is completely kid-safe. Because there are no exposed heaters, there’s no chance of a child getting burnt fingers.
And there’s the bonus of almost always having dry towels. Whose kids don’t leave their towels on the floor?