Undercarpet Heating – Forgettable in the Best Ways Possible

It sounds strange to say that undercarpet heating is forgettable. And yet, it is, and that’s a great thing when the reason is that your heating is safe, quiet, easy to use, and comfortable. In fact, with no wires or detached parts for curious little fingers to discover, and no bumpy bits for stumbling toes to find, you can be forgiven for forgetting undercarpet heating is installed at all… That is until you feel the comfort of a perfectly and evenly warmed room in winter, or the luxury of snuggling your feet into a warm carpet first thing in the morning.

Like many, I’m spending more time at home these days. So I really need my environment to feel carefree and relaxing. And yes, I do want a bit of luxury. So, how easy is it to install undercarpet heating? What are the costs and what will it do for me?

I’m replacing the carpet in my bedroom. Is it easy and fast to install undercarpet heating at the same time?

Absolutely.  First, you need an electrician to prewire for you so that the heat pads have a power source. From there, it’s as fast as laying the carpet. You install the pads first and lay the carpet smoothly over top and then the thermostat is connected.

Easy then, but electricity and water don’t get along, so how safe is it?

It’s 100% waterproof. This means you can clean your carpets as you normally would, and it’s 100% safe as it’s an RCD protected circuit.

And how about heavy objects – can they cause damage?

The wires are flexible and durable. They conform to all New Zealand and international standards. That means it’s easy to move furniture without worrying about damage.

Is there anything that I do need to be careful of?

Yes. Things like bean bags and extra thick rugs which sit on the floor without air circulating underneath can cause heat build-up. So, consider where you will mostly place these items before installation. The pads come in a number of sizes and shapes and can be easily designed to fit around items such as these. They will still absorb the atmospheric warmth, meaning that you won’t have cold spots, but at the same time, you avoid heat build-up.

Got it. Air circulation is important. Heavy objects are fine. You said that there are health benefits.

Yes. Traditional heating solutions dry out the air and can cause a lot of condensation. Many also blow air and dust with mites around your house. Not so with undercarpet heating – meaning they are a great solution for people with respiratory conditions. Combined with the even and gentle heat distribution, you get a warm environment that isn’t dry but isn’t damp either.

Fewer mould issues sound good! And how easy is it to control?

Easy as! A thermostat gives you full control. You choose when to heat, which rooms to heat, and how much heat your environment needs.

Finally, I always imagined underfloor heating was expensive. Can we talk money?

Sure. Warmup undercarpet heating costs for an average-sized room of 10 square metres are about $900, including the heating pads, installation, and a 5-year warranty.  The average running cost for that area is only about $2 a day (for 6 hours per day). This cost is indicative and is calculated @26c/kwatt/hr.

After installation, people find the actual month on month cost of using Warmup undercarpet heating is lower than with traditional heating such as gas heaters. That’s because undercarpet heating uses electricity efficiently.

It’s very much a case of investing a little extra in the beginning to reap the rewards, the health benefits, the ease and control of use – and the comfort for years to come.

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Undercarpet Heating

Why undercarpet heating will work for you

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Undercarpet heating warms the floor surface where you need it. Since every room in your home has a different heating requirement, Warmup® undercarpet heaters are individually controlled, giving you a cost-effective heating system. Our heating elements and controllers are approved and certified to New Zealand and international standards – including those relating to carpets and carpet manufacture.

Undercarpet heating will free your home of dampness, wheezing heat pumps, draughts, and condensation. With no more dusty air being blown around the room, it’s no wonder Warmup’s radiant heating is recommended by health professionals as the logical choice for asthma sufferers.

Heating mats are strategically placed wherever required. Positioned between the carpet and underlay, the heating mats are available in a range of sizes designed to fit most rooms. There’s no maintenance required, and no annual check-ups are needed. With efficient zoning and a programmable thermostat, it’s easy to regulate your home’s temperature while saving energy and money.

The undercarpet heater fits between the carpet and underlay making the heating solution appear to be part of the floor, free of moving parts and any loose obstacles. This heating system is silent, odour-free, and produces heat that does not dry out the air or aggravate allergies. As recommended by health professionals, this is a logical choice for asthma sufferers.

Being foil-based ensures even heat distribution throughout the room. The undercarpet heating is pet and child-friendly with no protruding cables or hardware and is 100% waterproof, for those unfortunate incidents. Its flexible core wire comes in different shapes and can withstand anything from heavy furniture to stiletto heels if installed correctly.

Whilst you can do the installation yourself, for your own peace of mind, we do recommend using our fully qualified installers to take full advantage of our product and installation warranty of 5 years.

Once installed, select the thermostat best suited to your needs and allow the technician to assist you with a fit off.

No worries

With all features completely hidden, there’s no threat to prying little fingers! Our foil heating mats and controls are approved and certified to New Zealand and international standards and come with a 5-year warranty.

The running costs are comparable to (often less than) heat pumps. These heating pads use 140 – 1960 watts per bedroom – similar to that of a small oil heater.

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Easy Install

The heating mats are intended to be installed between the underlayment and the laminate/carpet floor and are for indoor applications only. Although they are completely watertight and grounded, all installation and wiring instructions MUST be followed. These FOIL heating mats are NOT suitable for undertile, stone, or nailed/glued hardwoods. Click below for the installation instructions.

Stay In Control

Once installed, select the thermostat best suited to your needs and allow the technician to assist you with setting it up.