Can I Use Underfloor Heating Under Vinyl?
Many property owners prefer vinyl flooring. The vinyl material is slip-resistant, easy to clean, and waterproof making it a perfect floor finish in kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas with high traffic. And it is a fair question whether you can use floor heating systems with vinyl flooring. The answer is YES, you can safely use any kind of vinyl flooring with Heavenly Heat floor heating systems.
As part of research and development, flooring experts have conducted various tests to understand the impact of underfloor heating on the physical and aesthetic aspects of vinyl floors. Throughout the tests, the results reveal that there is no shrinkage, any impact on the appearance, or discoloration. That means underfloor heating has no impact on vinyl flooring.
You should obtain a heat loss calculation when choosing a heating system to ensure perfect heat output. An EnergySTAR-approved programmable thermostat offers you total control of your property heating settings. It also allows you to live in a warm room when desired without wasting heat energy.
While underfloor heating in Toronto has no effect on vinyl floors, the floor’s temperature should not exceed 27 degrees Celsius. Use a thermostat to safeguard your floor and indicate in its set up that the heating system is being used with a vinyl floor. If you intend to install an underfloor heating system and you have a vinyl flooring, purchase a thermostat which is specially designed for use with such floors.
When choosing the thermostat, focus on getting an item that will save money on your property’s heating bills. You may consider checking smart thermostats as they help in keeping your energy bills in check. So, it’s wise to look into various thermostats and pick one that suits your lifestyle perfectly.
The Right Underfloor Heating Options For Vinyl Floors
All wet underfloor heating systems are installed on the structural sub-floor. Thus, all products within the wet system range can be safely used with laminate and vinyl flooring. Depending on your taste, you can also choose an electric underfloor heating option. Inscreed and foil cable electric underfloor heating can also be used with vinyl floors. It’s recommended to use an insulated dual overlay and underlay to achieve maximum energy efficiency with any underfloor electric heating system.
Choose The Right Floor Heating System
It’s wise to ensure that you get a system that offers enough heat output to create a warm, comfortable environment in your home. This is the main reason you should get an accurate heat loss calculation before you purchase and install any heating system.
To achieve an efficient performance level of the system, make sure that everything above the heater including the final floor finish, underlay, and overlay must be within the recommended limits. For instance, the tog should exceed 2.5, U-value shouldn’t fall below 4.0, and the RSI must not exceed 0.25. If you install the heating systems without meeting these requirements, the performance of the entire system will be negatively affected, and it won’t be working efficiently.
Therefore, it’s wise to consult with a professional before installing an underfloor heating system.