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Bathrooms and en-suites are traditionally the smallest rooms in a house and so may not require extra heating. For ones that do require heating, towel rails are often installed which can be perfectly combined with underfloor heating to effectively heat the room. Water underfloor heating also works to dry wet floors, so this can be the focus of the system as opposed to warming the room.

When installing an independent underfloor heating loop, a bathroom thermostat will also be installed. With the thermostat located outside the room and a sensor fitted on the wall inside the bathroom, the risk of water coming into contact with the room’s thermostat is greatly reduced. These fittings can also save a household between 15-30% on the heating bills. Additionally, the system requires very little maintenance thus reducing the costs further.

bathroom tile, just finished
Creative Commons License photo credit: jm3

Tiles are widely accepted as the preferred finish for the bathroom floor. Water underfloor heating works very well in this case, spreading the heat effectively and evenly across the floor. One option for tiling a bathroom is Ceramic tiles, these are cost-effective, durable and require very little maintenance. You can also purchase them in a variety of colours and styles to suit any bathroom. Should the bathroom require a more natural shade, Granite floor tiles are a more expensive but provide several beautiful and natural shades that are unavailable with Ceramic slabs.

Carpets are also an option for flooring in the bathroom, though this is not used as often as tiles due to the potential water damage to the flooring. It’s also worth noting that a carpeted bathroom can take longer to dry than a tiled one.

Installing underfloor heating also reduces the time taken to clean the bathroom due to the decreased time it takes for it to dry – no more puddles of water endlessly lying around! This quick drying also prevents unsightly discoloration of the paint or wallpaper applied in the bathroom.

Underfloor heating can also help aid in the overall hygiene of a home due to the smaller amount of moisture content in the air. This eventually becomes too low for dust mites to survive, effectively killing them.

Rather than installing an impractical and large radiator in a small wet room, underfloor heating can be used to offer more wall space without having to give up the benefits of a heated room. This can also affect the aesthetics of a room, keeping the heating elements themselves out of sight whilst drying the room effectively.

The final benefit to underfloor heating is the level of comfort provided. The heat radiates evenly in the home to provide a natural and comfortable heat throughout.

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