Common Mistakes Homeowners Make With Underfloor Heating Systems

Underfloor heating has become a popular technique to keep homes warm during winter, and its advantages are the main reason for widespread adoption. Underfloor heating promotes a healthier indoor environment and supreme comfort, and it is low maintenance. Unfortunately, most homeowners do not know how to get the most out of their underfloor heating. This article highlights mistakes homeowners make with their underfloor heating systems.

Installing a Thick Carpet or Rug

One of the most common mistakes homeowners make after installing underfloor heating is using a thick carpet or rug. Ideally, any underfloor heating system you install should work well with a carpet. However, it does not mean that you can install any carpet in your living room. For example, a thick rug undermines the benefits of underfloor heating since it stops heat from penetrating. Consequently, it forces homeowners to crank up the heat, consuming a lot of electricity. Therefore, use a carpet or rug whose thickness does not significantly affect heat penetration. It allows you to save money without compromising your interior design.

Switching the System off During Warm Days

Some homeowners believe that using their underfloor heating system during warm days leads to overheating. While it is a genuine concern, it does not warrant switching off an underfloor heating system. Typically, it takes some time to heat concrete flooring. Therefore, shutting off the system intermittently could translate to power waste. Besides, it is convenient, which is why hydronic (water-based) underfloor heating systems must be left running. All you need to do to regulate internal room temperature is use a thermostat. The device monitors room temperatures and allows a heating system to adjust accordingly. Notably, the installation of a thermostat is affordable compared to the cost of energy waste.  

Opening Windows and Doors

Sometimes, homeowners just want natural light to trickle into their spaces. Therefore, you might be tempted to open your windows or door while an underfloor heating system is on. However, opening windows and doors makes a heating system less energy-efficient and increases overall operational costs. For instance, opening windows during the summer raises room temperature. When room temperatures match floor temperatures, heat stops transferring from the slab. Therefore, an underfloor heating system will be operational but fail to serve any purpose. You can avoid the energy waste by keeping windows and doors closed whenever an underfloor heating system is on. Install blinds that you can open or close whenever you need natural light in your rooms.

Talk to a heating and cooling professional to learn more.