My neighbour installed undercarpet heating in her lounge and media room. She said that as well as a transformation to a warm, snug home, the heating brings health benefits too, but she didn’t elaborate. Is undercarpet heating actually a healthy option?
“Yes, absolutely – undercarpet heating is very healthy and an effective choice for anyone with respiratory conditions.
“More traditional heating options tend to dry out the air and can also cause unhealthy condensation. Plus, many also blow air and dust (and so dust mites) around your house.
“In terms of the heath of your family, and for that matter the health of your home, undercarpet heating is a game changer.
“Along with the even and gentle heat distribution associated with undercarpet heating, you get a warm environment that isn’t dry, but importantly isn’t damp either thus avoiding any mould issues.”
I understand that with undercarpet heating, thermostats take the hassle out of maintaining even warmth. But is there much flexibility?
"The short answer is yes. A thermostat gives you complete control. You choose when to heat, which rooms to heat, and how much heat your environment needs."
We are considering undercarpet heating but while control, sheer comfort and healthy living are all important to us, so is budget. So while I realise every project is different, can you give me an indication of price and running costs?
“Of course. For an average room of around 10m², Warmup undercarpet heating costs about $900. This initial outlay covers the heating pads, installation, and a 5-year warranty.
"In terms of energy use, the average running cost for that area is only about $2 a day, based on 6 hours’ use per day. This cost is indicative and is calculated at 26c/kwatt/hr.
"After installation, people find the running costs of using Warmup undercarpet heating are lower than with traditional heating – such as gas heaters. That’s because undercarpet heating uses electricity efficiently and heats your home from the floor up, meaning no energy is wasted and there’s no cranking up the heat to deal with draughts or cold spots.
"Undercarpet heating is very much a case of invest a little extra in the beginning to reap the rewards later. The health benefits, ease of use, and of course the inherent sheer creature comfort will fundamentally enhance the character of your home."
We've weighed up all the plusses of undercarpet heating – we had initially been unsure about cost – and are pretty keen. But are there any unseen negatives?
"In truth, no. Your own word 'unseen' is a big part of the answer. With no visible wires and no bumpy elements, undercarpet heating is pretty much out of sight and out of mind. This type of home heating solution is safe, quiet, easy to use and comfortable.
"If you find you're spending more time at home or you're acutely attuned to your children's heath, then undercarpet heating is an ideal economical home heating solution. But perhaps over and above everything else, undercarpet heating is an eminently affordable luxury."
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