Heated Bathroom Floors – Pro or Con?
Heated bathroom floors are a great way to keep your feet toasty and warm this winter. Have you been contemplating getting these in your new home? We’ve put together a pro’s and con’s list to help you decide.
What are heated bathroom floors?
It works a bit like seat warmers in cars. At the flick of a switch, you can make the bathroom tiles warm and toasty. Heated bathroom floors are a little bit of a luxury item. However, if you have some room left in the budget then they are definitely worth considering.
There are a few different types of floor heating available. Hydronic & electric are the two most affordable options to install. There is also a gas heated option. The gas option is generally much more expensive to install but can have significantly reduced running costs. All systems are installed underneath the tiles to heat them from below.
How much will heated flooring cost to install?
It is much more cost effective to install the system during the build. Retrospectively adding the floor heating after handover could end up a costly exercise.
Generally speaking, we recommend allowing $3,000 per bathroom to add to a tender for a new home. Keep in mind that this is just a ballpark figure. The actual cost will need to be calculated and the price will be impacted by factors such as the size and shape of the area that needs to be heated.
Don’t heated floors cost a lot to run?
Every appliance in your home that requires electricity will cost money to run. The same goes with heated floors. This is something that you will need to keep in mind when deciding if you want to include them in your home.
There is no real rule for how much it costs to run heated flooring. The guys at Radiant Floor Heating have some great information on running costs. They suggest the following to help keep costs low:
- Run during off-peak times
- Increasing insulation in the roof and walls
- Consider double glazing the windows
- Consider adding solar power to your home to reduce overall energy costs.
Moderating the overall temperature control of your home will help to minimise the running costs of both: heating and cooling.
Just like air-conditioning, it also helps to be smart about when and how you use the floor heating system. As well as using the heating during off-peak hours, it will also help to limit the time that the system is kept on, and keeping the heating temperature at the minimum setting.
Bathroom Floor Heating: Pro or Con?
It really depends on your family and which bathrooms the heating will be in. Floor heating can be a great comfort feature in your home but there will be running costs that you need to consider.