Can anyone tell me of their experience with heated slabs? Do you have problems with the length of time it takes to heat up and cool down? I live in Melbourne- 30C one day, 16C the next🤪
with a similar very hot and colder climate we used electric in floor heating in a new build concrete slab very happily for many years in a previous home and now have under tile and carpet heating in a renovated house with timber floors on stumps ..the in floor heating was turned on at the beginning of winter usually at around 18 degrees and remained on for about 3 months and we had supplementary heating during spring and autumn and (nb our vintage) in floor heating would need overnight to warm up the whole room (as well as inside storage and furniture) while our current small areas of under carpet and tile heating is restricted to the centre of the room but heats up very quickly...we had separate thermostats in each room for the in slab heating but our excellent passive solar design meant that the heating was often not needed and only came on during extended periods of cold weather and our power costs were supplemented by a solar System BUT despite being warm enough when used in a suitable climate there's also a psychological warmth radiated by a flame fire.. so given the opportunity to build a new home i would first focus on Passive Solar design (orientation, insulation, air lock entries, Solar Electricty with batteries, Air Sourced Heat Pumps etc) then have an in slab electric heating in all the hard floor areas including laundry, mudroom and entries, ceiling fans to distribute heat and cool, reverse cycle AC for in between seasons and a flame fire for relaxing
Thanks for this. We too have passive solar design. Separate thermostats is a really good idea. Much appreciation for the idea!
1940's NZ kitchen - small, awkward-ish layout.
Critique our floor plan!
Carpet or polished floors