Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Underfloor heating!

Today they came to install the wiring for the underfloor heating in the back of the house. I'm practically a reptile, so I really really wanted the underfloor. Michael doesn't feel the cold anywhere near as much as me so he didn't think it was necessary at all! Psh!

Wires and control box for electric underfloor heating

We came to an agreement though; it was going to cost around $5000 to do the whole back section of the house and all the bathrooms, so if I could shave that money off the total cost elsewhere then I could have it. Easy! I saved us two grand on an oven and range hood that very afternoon so I started off well. I've also saved some money on the kitchen cabinets, and opted for cheaper doors; I've racked up about 3 grand in 'savings' so far.

We opted for an electric system because it is cheaper and easier to install. Underfloor heating can be expensive to run, but the newer systems can be set to run during off-peak times, or set to come on at times when you will want the warmth. We are also planning on offsetting the cost of running it by installing solar panels on the new section of the roof. They are much more efficient than you might think, as the floor heats up the air heats as well, often negating the need for a second heating source.

16 comments:

  1. wow, I wish I had that right about now. so cold in Sydney!

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  2. So jealous! Wish we were having underfloor heating in our new house.

    B

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  3. I'd love underfloor heating. Tonight! It's freezing this week. Good on you for getting what you want and compromising elsewhere, that's what it's all about. Hope your week is going well, Nicolex

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  4. Nice! I would so love that in my place!

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  5. It will be worth every cent!!

    We are looking at solar too, just not sure if we get enough sun....

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  6. So worth the $5000, goodness you could almost give up a garage door, a girl has got to have priorities!!

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  7. Exactly, especially with the weather we've been having!

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  8. My mother in law is planning to put this in her new house too! She said the same thing, run it at night (off peak) then it will be nice and warm in the morning :) I wish I had some underfloor heating right now... It's so chilly this winter!

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  9. Nothing like enjoying the warmth of a house during those chilly days and nights! The heating in your house will keep you relaxed and comfortable even though it's cold outside. Using solar panels might actually be a good idea to turn your home into a warm, cozy haven.

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