Bathroom pods and other off-site building solutions are an increasingly popular option to speed up the construction of new buildings or to refresh older properties. Electric underfloor heating is the perfect heating option for these projects offering a complete heating solution with one simple electrical connection required.
What are the main benefits of using electric underfloor heating in a bathroom pod or off-site building solution?
- The underfloor heating system is speedy to install and requires only one electrical connection per unit.
- Heat Mat offers heating mats at seven different outputs to match your individual requirements (60W/m² to 240W/m²) supplying everything from a low background heat to the ultimate quick to heat up underfloor heating system.
- Heating cables can be used in particularly small bathroom pods and these can be installed onto anti-fracture decoupling membrane which also acts as a cable-carrier to speed up the installation.
- Where multiple pods are going to be manufactured with the same floor plan, bespoke heating mats or cables can be desirable because these can speed up the installation process. The mats can be sized to perfectly fit the rooms and the output can be tailored to match your individual requirements.
- Most Heat Mat systems are supplied with a Lifetime Warranty and they are designed to outlast the floor covering above them.
What else should you consider when heating your bathroom pod?
- Heat Mat’s thermal insulation boards are perfect for pod construction, helping to take up movement in the floor and to provide sound-deadening as well as their normal thermal properties.
- In addition to offering bespoke heat outputs and sizes for mats and cables used in off-site construction projects, Heat Mat can offer numerous other bespoke adjustments to speed up the installation process. Coldtail lengths can be extended to minimise the number of connections during installation, mat cable spacing can be adjusted to ensure a perfect fit and floor sensors can be offered in extended versions in case the controllers are going to be located a significant distance away from the room.
- Mirror demisters are commonly used in bathroom pods and Heat Mat has a wealth of knowledge in supplying these to this type of project. We have more than 460 different size Demista pads available as standard products in 230V as well as a wide selection in 12V, 24V and 110V outputs. If you can’t find what you want in our standard range we can manufacture bespoke mirror Demista pads to perfectly match your chosen mirrors. The mirror demisters ensure the mirrors remain condensation free at all times and also work as a mini panel heater introducing additional heat into the room.
- Wall heating systems are most commonly fitted as a hidden towel heater in off-site construction but are also sometimes used to provide additional heating for these rooms instead of a panel heater.
Which electric underfloor heating system is most suitable?
- The most commonly fitted systems for bathroom pods and off-site construction are heating mats covered with a levelling compound for vinyl floors or simply fitted beneath tiles. Often a thermal insulation board will be fitted beneath the heating system providing additional stability to the floor during transit as well as improving the heat up time and efficiency of the system. Decoupling membranes can be used above or below the underfloor heating if desired.
- 3mm Heating cables are regularly fitted in pods although these are most commonly used in very small pods or where a decoupling membrane is being used which can act as a cable holder. If a decoupling membrane has been specified, then using a combined decoupling membrane and cable carrier with a 3mm heating cable is a time efficient method of installation.
- The Combymat range lends itself for use in off-site construction projects where a floating floor is going to be fitted. The system allows for a significant amount of movement in the floor without issues, and floating laminate floors can be installed directly on top, or it can be combined with overlay boards for floor coverings such as vinyl or carpet. If looking to use this system in bathrooms, please consult Heat Mat’s technical team to discuss the electrical requirements.