My wife and I are considering remodeling our kitchen (12'x15' area).
Currently, the kitchen is heated by a 6' long 220V baseboard heater
with a thermostat on the wall. I'm thinking of pulling out the
baseboard heater and installing in-floor heating under a tile floor.
My question is this a good upgrade, or am I better off with the
baseboard heater? Unfortunately, I would like to put additional
cabinets along the wall where the heater is currently at.
When we remodeled, we put what is apparently called a toekick heater in 2
places. Hot water radiators with a fan that goes on when there is heat,
mounted inside walls, or the toekick space underneath cabinets. I find
them very nice and effective, but they do make a fan noise.
I think UFH gives a nicer, more even heat than baseboard - but from cold
it takes longer for it to feel like it's "doing something" (most
noticable if there's a power failure, or you turn it off to go away etc.),
and I've heard some real horror stories about the amount of work involved
if UFH ever fails (tracing the fault can be difficult and involve really
tearing into the floor).
I'd be tempted to agree with Tony, I think; if you do fit UFH, go for a
water-based system rather than electric - I think it's a little more
reliable (the bits that are likely to go wrong aren't buried in the
floor), and there's scope for heating the water via various means (so it
doesn't have to always be electric)
If you *set and forget* your thermostat you will love the radiant floor
heating. If you adjust the thermostat a couple times a day, _forget
it_. It's never going to give heat fast like the baseboard heat, but it
will hold the temp nice and steady.
If you go with the underfloor heating option you will need to account
for the additional THICKNESS you will need in the area you are going
to be laying the heating elements in the mortar bed in... If this is
area, you could be looking at dealing with a lot of modifications to
floor joists to have the finished floor level match any connecting
It is not as simple as ripping up the tiles you have on your floor
laying down the new underfloor heating elements in a new mortar bed
and then tiling back over it... The underfloor heating will require a
bed of a certain thickness, you will then have to lay your tiles on
when it is cured... That will mean your new finished floor level
higher than it is now if you do not address that issue...
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