In an already tough real estate market, it can be tough to sell your home if they are just like all the rest. Large room additions can make your home the “white elephant” of the neighborhood, while small home improvement projects just don’t have the punch to sell your home.
That’s why underfloor heating is so great. It’s not a huge investment, it helps pay for itself in energy savings and it tends to be on the greener side of heating products. Best of all, you can do it yourself and save big and increase the value of your home without breaking the bank.
Warm wire or other live embedded copper heating elements can really be tough to install yourself. But with some courage and a little study work, you can do it. Check out a Warm Wire Installation Manual and see if you’re up for the task!
A mat type installation is a much less complex system for someone who may know How to Install a Drain Pan and Floor Tile but not how to install an underfloor heating system. These systems are basically a large rubber mat that pretty much hardwires into an outlet. Run a thermostat up the wall and presto! You’ve got instant floor heat.
Those two systems range for very expensive to as cheap as they get. And you pay the price for what you get. The more complex a Warm Wire circuit, the more expensive they get. The same is true for the plastic mats. They are cheap and easy to install, but you are limited to pre-manufactured sizes and a less heat.
There are other options. Going green with a solar water heater and underfloor heating pipes and a passive solar gain home, you can really stack up the green points while lowering your heating bills tremendously. However it can add up in price unless you DIY. Check out these DIY Underfloor Heating Ideas for more options when installing underfloor heating to sell your home.