17Dec/18

How Much Does Electric Underfloor Heating Cost?

The cost of electric underfloor heating can be subdivided into three: cost of buying the associated equipment, the installation cost and the running cost.

The buying cost will mainly depend on the size of the space to be heated. The buying price will also depend on the brand and model of the heaters and the auxiliary equipment you buy. For a 120 square feet coverage, it may range between $900.00 – $1500.00 with a consumption 0f 15 Watts per square foot.

Cost of installation depends on whether you are installing it in a new building or in an existing building. It also depends on the size of the room and whether you will install it yourself or hire a company to install it. Hiring a company will cost you about $475 per day. Installing the system by your self may save on installation cost, but it is always advisable to employ a certified company for safety and quality workmanship. However, if you are patient and skilled, you may decide to save money buy installing it on your own.

Installing this system in a new building is normally cheaper and easier than installing in an existing building. This is because the necessary fittings can be integrated into your flooring plans for easy wiring and installation. Installation in an existing building is quite expensive because of the flooring work done to pave way for the wiring. Yet compared to wet underfloor heating systems, electrical system installation cost is relatively low because the flooring work involved is not very extensive.

Running costs will depend on a number of factors including room size, running time, how well the room is insulated, the cost of electricity per kilowatt hour (KWH) in your area and the desired temperature.

A big room will obviously cost more to heat. The running cost therefore increases with the increase in room size. This includes both the length and height of the room. The consumption is about 0.2KW per hour per square meter for the surface area. You can easily use this consumption to estimate the running cost depending on the electricity charges in your area.

During the heating phase, the heat runs at full power until the floor reaches the preset temperature. After this period, the heater should run at half power to maintain the preset temperature. This means that the faster the floor heats up, the cheaper the running cost. It is therefore advisable to properly insulate your floor to reduce the running costs. A properly insulated room could cost as low as $17.00 per square meter per annum for full room heating. This is based on a 200 watt per square meter system running for 210 days in a year and eight hours in one day with power supply taking place 35% of the time. This may change due to fluctuations in cost of electricity.

The required temperature is also a major factor that affects the running cost. The higher the set temperature, the higher the … READ MORE ..

09Dec/18

Bathroom Vanities and Sinks – Which One Is Right For You?

There are several types of sinks that can be installed in any bathroom. The sink is one of the main focal points in any bathroom so it should be chosen with care. Smaller bathrooms do not have a great deal of space. In these bathrooms it may be a good idea to use a pedestal sink. A pedestal sink has a small, thin base. It leads up to the basin bowl. These sinks are very basic and will not be very ornate. They are usually seen in a half bath.

Most people aim to have a double sink or vanity in their bathroom. The double sink can accommodate two people at one time. They also have storage underneath for toiletries and other items. These sinks are particularly popular in master baths. The under cabinet with storage differentiates it from the pedestal sink which offers no storage at all.

When a person installs a pedestal sink, they normally have to have a medicine cabinet mirror or storage shelves installed as well. If the pedestal is installed in a half or spare bath this is not an issue. When you are selecting a sink for your bathroom functionality should not be the only consideration. You want to make sure that it matches your decor and the style you are looking for.

There are many stores that sell sink sat all price points. Take your time to select a sink that fits the style that you are going for in your bathroom. Do not be afraid to try something different or choose a contemporary sink. It may be the perfect sink for your space.… READ MORE ..