October 2022 – Prices

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Wondering why RugBuddy and FootBuddy prices have gone up?

Until now, we have held our prices steady since 2020 against a back-drop of rising material, energy, and transport costs.

Regrettably, the rise in manufacturing costs means we have had to increase RugBuddy and FootBuddy prices by between 4% - 10% at the end of September 2022.

We appreciate how everyone has been affected, so we have mitigated rising costs where we can. For example, we have held our underlay and postage costs at previous levels.

Read RugBuddy and FootBuddy reviews on TrustpilotOur effective, low energy, radiant products remain an excellent way to stay warm in a cost effective way.

 

PRICE GUARANTEE - We don't do discounts, promotions, or Black Friday deals. Buy with confidence that the price you see on this website is the best price available.

Thank you for your interest in RugBuddy and FootBuddy - 'Warmth Where You Need It Most!'

Best heating for cost-of-living crisis

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You don’t need me to tell you we’re experiencing unprecedented rises in energy costs.

But, now is a good time to go over how a RugBuddy or FootBuddy can help minimise the impact of the price hikes. There are possible health benefits, too!

This is quite a long post as it is a complex subject and I wanted to cover as many of the influencing factors as possible. But first, here's a typical customer comment:

"Just to say that I am about to repeat my order [below] because the RugBuddys we bought from you last Autumn have been brilliant and with the worry of how to keep warm this winter, I know a third one is just what we need." Sarah (Glos) August 2022

The basic principle is that the RugBuddy™ or FootBuddy provides a warm, radiant surface, where you need it most in your room.

Introducing radiant heating allows people to turn-down, or even turn-off, their central heating. You may already have experienced this yourself as a customer.

There have been many tests and the website http://www.healthyheating.com/ champions the usefulness of radiant panels (which is what RugBuddy and FootBuddy are) in achieving a comfortable natural environment.

Let’s take a closer look at the main considerations to see where the benefits, including energy savings, arise:

Understanding Comfort at Lower Temperatures - Thermal Comfort and ‘Feeling Warm’

Radiant heat allows us to feel warm at lower air temperatures (typically 2 to 3 degC lower) than with conventional heating.

When people say they are feeling cold, what they mean is the rate of heat loss from their body is uncomfortably high. In other words, heat loss due to external factors is significantly exceeding the rate at which the body is generating its own warmth from metabolism.

Body heat can easily be conducted away, e.g. standing on a cold floor or sitting on a cold surface. However, most of it is radiated away from your (warm) body to colder surfaces surrounding you.

Air temperature only plays a small part where it is in direct contact with your skin. (Note, though, that moving air has more effect, increasing heat transfer as it moves across the skin - hence the cooling effects of draughts).

Using a RugBuddy™ to create a radiant surface at the perfect temperature at floor level creates a natural environment of thermal comfort.

Radiant skin losses from the neck, head, and hands, and body/clothing, plus conductive losses through the feet, are quickly brought to a level that has been shown in repeated tests to be most comfortable. This is where the human body is in balance with its surrounds and you ‘feel warm’.

(Source: http://www.healthyheating.com/Thermal_Comfort_Working_Copy/HH_physiology_intro.htm#.YrxF6-zMLIU)

Contrast this with a typical central heating systems using radiators:

  • Convection draughts leave you with cold feetDespite the name, conventional radiators act mainly as convectors (+80%). Air is warmed as it passes over the vanes at the back of the radiator. The warm air rises, cools down because of heat loss, falls to the floor, and the cooler air is drawn in at the bottom.
  • The convection currents inevitably lead to cool air currents at floor level - experienced as draughts around the ankles. Even if your windows and doors are fully draught-proofed, you will feel convection currents as a cooling draught.
  • The air warmed by radiators eventually warms surfaces in the room and some comfort is achieved but not nearly as quickly as a radiant source at floor level. The air however must be quite a number of degrees warmer to do so (creating more heat loss). In addition, moving air has a cooling effect making you acutely aware of those low level draughts.

Radiant heat allows us to feel warm at lower air temperatures than with conventional heating. Keeping the air temperature as low as possible reduces convection draughts, reduces energy losses to the outside, and saves on your bills. Here is a summary why you should consider introducing plug-in radiant heating:

Energy Losses 1

Lower air temperature means less heat loss through walls, windows, and ceilings, because of the reduced difference with the temperature outside.

Energy Losses 2

Having a tailored warm floor area in the middle of the room for personal comfort reduces energy loss at walls and windows.

Speed to Comfort

A low power electric radiant heater like RugBuddy or Footbuddy is quickly up to its operating temperature.

Compare that to using a flame in a gas boiler to power your radiators. Did you know a typical central heating system contains 70 – 100 litres of water. That’s approximately 50 kettles-full! And once the water is up to temperature, it needs to overcome the cold metal in the radiators before it will start to heat the air in the room.

Health Impact 1

cure condensation and mould H2OAvoiding, or reducing, convection from wall-mounted radiators in turn avoids condensation and mould growth in wall corners and floor.

Junctions between walls, ceilings and floors often suffer from what’s known as the cold bridge effect. This occurs where the building’s construction prevents proper insulation of the junctions and internal surfaces will be colder.

By directly warming surfaces, radiant heating can further help avoid the formation of condensation.

Health Impact 2

Convection currents disturb dust particles and mites. Asthma sufferers are very allergic to these. By reducing or avoiding convection currents, and utilising radiant heat, dust disturbance can be reduced to near zero.

Greening of Energy for Heating

Access to renewable energy is usually in the form of electricity.  Government policy is encouraging the use of electricity for heating. Electric heating is nearly 100% efficient in converting to resistive heat.

Electricity is a clean and healthy way of transporting energy and is 100% efficient with correct use. National Grid transmission losses are about 1.7% and a further 5-8% is lost over the distribution networks.

Electricity users do not generate CO2, however the generation facilities often do. But as more electricity is from carbon free renewable resources this energy source becomes cleaner and more environmentally sustainable.

Photo Voltaic (PV) generation at home is growing in leaps and bounds. PV energy is clean and so is electricity used in the home.

Wind generation at sea as well as sea tidal is growing.

Nuclear power is CO2 clean but there are political issues surrounding locations and waste disposal.

SpainBuddy.com Reviews RugBuddy Under-rug Heater

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Did you know we now ship throughout the EU from a new satellite base in the Netherlands? Not only that, we've already had a review on SpainBuddy.com!

There are good reasons to have an EU satellite base:

  • This means we - you! - avoid customs delays and duties to pay which may arise shipping to our EU customers from the UK.
  • EU customers will now get EU specification RugBuddies complete with Schuko 2-pin plugs.

(It's business as usual for UK customers who will continue to be served from the UK base with UK specification RugBuddies and FootBuddies.)

RugBuddy and Underlay bundleSatisfied customers throughout Europe know RugBuddy transforms a cold floor and can stay in place all year round without being visible or getting in the way.

Yet it's always ready to radiate gentle warmth at the flick of a switch. Perfect for those chilly days we all get wherever we are in Europe.

Read more about the RugBuddy under-rug heater here.

SpainBuddy.com

Already friends in Spain are celebrating the news and have published a review on the much-loved SpainBuddy.com (no relation!) website.

You can read the EU RugBuddy under-rug heater review here https://www.spainbuddy.com/rugbuddy-under-rug-heater-review/

If you are an English-speaker visiting, moving to, or living in Spain then you will find SpainBuddy.com an engaging read and useful resource of tips and 'whats on' guides.

The website has 1000s of pages covering general Spain information, news in English, tourism tips, relocation advice, Spanish recipes, reviews and general information, local business directory and much more besides.

Why not give it a try?

Best Type of Rug Over a RugBuddy

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I’m often asked which the best type of rug over a RugBuddy.

The first answer has got be “a rug you like”, but it is also worth considering the TOG value of the rug.

TOG Values

Rug over a RugBuddyMost of us are familiar with TOG ratings on our duvets. The higher the TOG number the more insulating the duvet is and the more easily it will keep us warm as the temperature in the room drops.

With a rug over a RugBuddy, the TOG of the rug tells us how easily the warmth of the RugBuddy will be conducted to the surface of the rug.

A higher TOG rug may take longer to warm through, especially if the rug is heavy.

Most of the time you won’t be aware of the TOG of the rug and, in fact, that information may not be readily available from the supplier.

How to Choose A Rug Over a RugBuddy

Here are some pointers to choosing a suitable rug:

  • Most woven and cut pile rugs are suitable
  • Heavier weight rugs will have a higher TOG
  • Thicker rugs will tend to have a higher TOG
  • Any rug marked ‘suitable for underfloor heating’ will be OK and have a TOG of between 1 and 2.5

Ideally, the rug should have a low TOG value (1 – 1.5), and the underlay should have a high TOG value (2 – 3).

Avoid These Rugs

  • A felt rug or one with felt backing (felt will have too high a TOG)
  • A rug with foam backing
  • A foam playmat
  • A shag pile rug
  • Animal fur or fleece (animal skins such as cow hide are OK)

NOTE: The maximum TOG value we recommend for use with a RugBuddy is 3.0.  The vast majority of rugs fall well below this maximum.

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The Homeworker Magazine shout out for RugBuddy!

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I’m a big fan of The Homeworker magazine which is doing great things to provide advice and support for homeworkers everywhere.

Last week on Instagram @thehomeworkermag posted this:

RugBuddy in The Homeworker on InstagramA big shout out for one of our directory members who has possibly one of the best work from home products for chilly days…

If you haven’t heard of @rugbuddyuk then you need to take a look. This is a simple under rug heater- hidden from view but keeps you snug and warm on a cold day.

It is also incredibly inexpensive to run and saves you from heating the whole house if you’re just working in a small space.

I think these are great for garden studios and offices as well.

William from @rugbuddyuk is listed under our work from home products section in the directory.

This can help you work from home better and save you some pennies ?

Head to the directory or check out their website for more details ?

If you’re a homeworker and appreciate the support we can all give each other, and some of the finer things in life that make work a little more enjoyable, why not take a look at Homeworker Magazine?  https://www.thehomeworker.com/

You can find out more about Thermal Comfort for homeworking here.

Modern Work magazine reviews RugBuddy on a cold day!

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I was delighted to see that RugBuddy got a good write-up just before Christmas in Modern Work magazine.

IPSE - founder of Modern Work magazineModern Work magazine was founded by IPSE – the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed – an influential lobby group serving freelancers and homeworkers.

You can see the review published here: https://www.modernworkmag.co.uk/gift-ideas-for-your-freelance-friends/

RugBuddy working from homeThe weather's very mild as I write this but at least the reviewer had the sense to experience Rugbuddy on a cold day.....

She loved her RugBuddy despite commenting the RugBuddy sounded like crisp packets under her feet!

Happily, this is a temporary state of affairs. It only takes a few uses for the Rugbuddy to relax into its new surroundings. Indeed an Amazon customer recently wrote a 5-star review titled 'the crinkling goes away and leaves you gently warmed'.

Trying to stay warm working from home without racking up large central heating bills is a problem for many each winter. I know a lot of my customers are freelancers, homeworkers, and small business owners, who all have a keen eye on value for money and low running costs.

The solution is obvious - to me! - and I last visited the topic in this blog post last Spring.

Understanding what it is that makes us feel cold (rate of body heat loss to nearby cold surfaces), and the solution (warm the cold surfaces, especially the floor), is straight forward.  This post also explains why heating the air (which, let's face it, is what radiators and other heaters generally do) is actually a VERY BAD IDEA.

Why not give RugBuddy a try under your desk? You'll be amazed how comfortable it is and that you will be able to turn down, or even turn off, your other heating. And, of course, we operate a 30-day no quibble returns guarantee so you can try Rugbuddy risk free.

Freelancers and homeworkers all over the UK and Europe are discovering RugBuddy as the ideal under-desk heater. The Modern Work review is an honest appraisal of why this is.

Thermostat at 18C? 10 Ways to Stay Warm

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Lots of people will have tuned into The Martin Lewis Money Show 'Switching Special' this week about energy bills. Lot's of the audience admitted to setting the thermostat to 21C or even higher. Martin's off-the-cuff money saving tip was to "set the thermostat at 18C and wear a jumper"!

This got us thinking about our favourite top 10 tips for keeping warm and money saving with the thermostat at 18C.

Here they are:

1. Get a RugBuddy under-rug heater where you sit. The RugBuddy warms the rug and the surface of the rug radiates gentle warmth to your feet and body. You'll feel comfortably warm even if the air is cool.

2. Cure draughts. We've all heard of 'wind chill' in the weather forecast. It's a fact that air will cool you quicker if it is flowing past you. You've probably blocked off obvious things like the letter box and the chimney, but what about 3. below?

Convection draughts leave you with cold feet3. Avoid convection heating. Wall mounted radiators can be to blame here. They cause convection currents that lead to cold feet and ankles. Turning back the thermostat to 18C will reduce the convection currents and could actually make you feel warmer!

4. Don't sit for long if you can avoid it. Use those times when you're up from your chair to be active and get the blood flowing.

5. Spend more time upstairs if your thermostat is downstairs! Hot air rises, remember?

6. Plan how you might get comfort from using household appliances. Some 'low and slow' cooking when you're sitting in the kitchen may give off all the warmth you need, for a while at least.

7. Ask the cat to sit on your lap. (Other house-trained warm-blooded furry creatures are available.) I know cats have minds of their own but a cat on the lap is a wondrous and calming way to stay warm.

8. Don't drink alcohol which slows down the circulation. Hands and feet will feel the effects first. Warming food and drink is the way to go.

9. Let in the sunshine. If you're blessed with a sunny day make sure curtains and blinds are fully open to get the benefit of those rays. After all, they've travelled 93,000,000 miles and it seems rude to block them out before they can warm you up.

Steptoe10. Wear the jumper. This is Martin's favourite and may be all you need. If not, a warm hat, thick socks, and fingerless gloves, should guarantee total cosiness.

 

Your own way to stay warm with the thermostat at 18C? Let me know using the contact form.

Cure condensation and mould. Your heating may be to blame.

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Does your home have a condensation problem? Do you think it's impossible to cure condensation and mould?

You may be surprised that the way you heat your home can create condensation. But you shouldn't accept condensation as something you have to put up with. There are solutions out there and a little understanding of what's going on means you can probably avoid condensation all together.

cure condensation and mould H2OWhy is condensation something to be avoided? After all, drawing animal shapes or writing messages on steamy windows can be fun!

The trouble is, if left unchecked, condensation promotes mould which ruins your decor and can adversely affect your health. Mould increases the chances you develop respiratory problems, respiratory infections, allergies and asthma, as this NHS article explains. https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/lifestyle/can-damp-and-mould-affect-my-health/

As the article states, mould arises from an excess of moisture. There are many reasons why there may be an excess of moisture in the home, but how to cure condensation and mould is the focus of this blog.

To understand how condensation forms we need to go back to school science lessons. The first lesson is that warm air can hold more moisture than cool air. We learned that when the warm air touches a cold surface, it rapidly cools and deposits some of the moisture it can no longer carry. This appears as condensation on the surface which, in the home, is usually a window or outside wall.

Every home is continuously adding moisture to the air: boiling kettles, running hot taps, drying the washing, and simply the occupants breathing, are all contributing factors. Ventilation helps stop the moisture build-up becoming excessive but condensation will still appear if warm, moist, air contacts a cold surface.

So let's look at the different ways home heating works, and whether condensation is more or less likely to occur depending on the type of heating you choose.

Conventional radiators, fan heaters and convectors

The first thing to understand is that, despite the name, the common wall mounted 'radiator' is mainly a convector. Convectors warm the air and set up circulation currents in the room. Circulation currents are created as the warm air (from the vanes at the back of the 'radiator') rises to the ceiling, gets pushed across the ceiling while cooling, and falls to floor level at the other side of the room.

Similarly, fan-assisted convector heaters and fan heaters heat the air directly and push warm air around the room.

We've seen from the science lesson above that circulating warm air will directly cause condensation when it comes into contact with cold surfaces. Problem areas are un-insulated walls and poorly glazed windows.

And there are other drawbacks. Convection currents mean that the coolest air will be felt as a draught at floor level even if windows and doors are tightly shut. Circulating air will also spread allergy-aggravating dust. See 'Why central heating radiators are bad for you'.

It's easy to see that if you were designing the perfect heating system, there would be no place for conventional radiators, fan heaters and convectors! Of course, most of us are unable to start with a clean sheet of paper and what we need is a simple change that can cure condensation and mould.

Radiant panels, underfloor heating, and on-floor heating

The second science lesson we need to take on board is that heat flows from hot to cold. This can either be by conduction, when 2 bodies are in contact, or radiation, which occurs when the 2 bodies are separated by air or even a vacuum. This is how the Sun warms the Earth from millions of miles away. How strongly it flows from one to the other depends on the difference in temperature, known as the 'temperature gradient'.

You are setting up a temperature gradient when you introduce a warm surface to a room. So long you are able to maintain the temperature of the warm surface, eventually the rest of the room will become just as warm assuming there is no rapid heat loss to the outside .

Most of us will have experienced how comfortable a well set-up underfloor heating system is. The floor is warm, every surface you touch is warm, and even the air is warm.

The heated floor is a 'radiant surface' and continually radiates warmth to the other cooler surfaces. In turn, the air in the room picks up warmth by being in contact with the surfaces. AND, MOST LIKELY, THERE WILL BE NO CONDENSATION.

This is because:

  1. the air is not being artificially circulated
  2. there are no cold surfaces on which condensation would form

This understanding gives us a clue how to avoid condensation: simply eliminate cold surfaces and don't promote warm air movement. Radiant heating from the floor or wall-mounted panels is ideal on both counts.

Radiant heating can cure condensation and mould

Assuming there is no easy way to eliminate the cold surfaces through insulation (if possible, always start with wall insulation, double-glazing etc. for energy efficiency reasons), then radiant heating will usually raise surface temperatures sufficiently so that condensation won't form. It helps if the cold surface has the ability to absorb and hold some warmth. In this respect a wall will be easier to warm than a single-glazed window.

If you don't have underfloor heating there are other effective ways you can introduce a warm radiant surface into a room. For example there are radiant panel heaters that can be fixed on the walls or ceiling, or mounted on castors to be wheeled where needed. Also RugBuddy under-rug heaters count as retro-fit radiant floor heating.

RugBuddy featured in The Homeworker magazine

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There's a new magazine aimed at freelancers and small home-business owners called The Homeworker.

Have you seen it?

It's beautifully produced and there's loads of interesting articles to read. In fact, it's so good that it has been shortlisted for 'Launch of the Year' by the British Society of Magazine Editors. Have a look at The Homeworker website here https://www.thehomeworker.com/

I'm delighted that RugBuddy was featured in the Home Edit section of the latest issue.

To celebrate, we took out an ad highlighting the virtues of a RugBuddy for anyone who works from home (see right).

This is what we said:

Add some warmth to your work

Boost productivity with RugBuddy under-rug heating

A RugBuddy is a little like an electric blanket, designed to be placed under a rug. Available in many different sizes, it’s perfect for use under your home-working desk or office, bringing warmth exactly where you need it – right under your feet.

RugBuddy is a completely silent, invisible, personal workspace heater. It keeps your working environment fresh, clear and warm, with no stuffy air and no distractions. A RugBuddy will transform any area within 20 minutes of being plugged in and works on any floor type, so simply relax and enjoy the warmth. And at just a few pence per hour to run, it’s extremely economical too, helping reduce your home’s heating bills by only heating the rooms you use.

Bring a little warmth into your working day!

Are you comfortably warm when working? If not take a look at how a RugBuddy makes an excellent under-desk heater.

Do you feel underfloor heating is out of your reach?

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Lots of new homes and extensions boast underfloor heating. After all, who wouldn't want their crisp new space to be free of ugly wall mounted radiators.

The benefits of underfloor heating are well known:

  • * even temperature across the room
  • * draught free - no convection currents
  • * clear, unstuffy, air
  • * limits spread of dust
  • * none of the hard, sharp, corners and surfaces you get with radiators
  • * no dangerously hot surfaces

But how can you get underfloor heating, or a simple plug in floor heater, in your existing home?

3 Underfloor Heating Options

Extra floor level warmth where you need it with an under rug heaterA quick and flexible solution is an on-the-floor heater that you cover with a rug and simply plug in. Your flooring remains undisturbed and you can move the on-the-floor heater anywhere you need it in the house. You can even take it with you if you move. Try that with underfloor heating!

The RugBuddy under-rug heater, as it's known, works in the same way as the new electric underfloor heating systems described below. It's a bit like an electric blanket you simply spread out on the floor and cover with a rug.

RugBuddy is as powerful as underfloor heating systems (about 120 Watts per m2) and quickly warms the surface of the rug. It's an ideal solution where you would otherwise end up feeling cold after sitting for a while. Why not have one:

  • * in front of your favourite chair or sofa
  • * under the kitchen table
  • * at your workstation or desk
  • * in a conservatory or cold extension?

Running costs are low - about 4p per hour for a typical 125 x 160 cm RugBuddy - and when you get your electricity from renewable sources, electric heating is as environmentally friendly as you can get.

If you want something installed, a conventional water-based system involves ripping up the floors, laying out a maze of pipes, and finding space for a complicated manifold to connect to your boiler. And then you face a life of maintaining the boiler, valves, and pumps for it all to work. This is not viable, or attractive, to most people.

Instead many opt for electric floor heating which is a great choice when you are also changing your floor finish. Nowadays there are systems to go under tiles, wood, laminate, carpet, and even vinyl, with air and floor temperatures controlled in each room by the thermostat controller. See The Room by Room Heating Revolution for more on this aspect of electric floor heating.

The best electric systems sit on insulation directly under the floor finish. When switched on from cold, they quickly heat the floor surface. This responsiveness means the floor will also cool quickly when the thermostat controller signals the room is up to temperature - perfect should the sun start to stream through the windows.

New electric systems save you from the 'storage heater effect' you get with old systems set in a heavy concrete screed. The weight (thermal mass) of the screed means old systems take a long time to heat up, and they continue to give off heat even when the system has switched off. Understandably, old thermal mass systems have a troubled reputation for comfort and running costs.

So, we have 3 choices for bringing that underfloor heating feeling to our homes:

  • * a simple and effective on-the-floor plug in heater like RugBuddy
  • * a traditionally installed piped water system, powered by your boiler, requiring ongoing maintenance
  • * a modern electric system that responds quickly to the ambient temperature

We used to think gas central heating with wall mounted radiators was the cleanest and most economical way to comfortably heat the home. But the direction of travel is now firmly towards electric floor heating.