FAQ 1: Is The RugBuddy economical in use?
- It’s ‘on-demand, heating up quickly, so you only need to switch it on when you’re using the room.
- It’s low powered so only costs a few pence per hour to run.
- It allows you to turn your central heating thermostat down by up to 3 degrees which can save you £200 per year!
Although similarly powerful as other underfloor heating systems your RugBuddy typically only covers a fraction of the floor area. Therefore, you cannot rely on RugBuddy to heat the whole room.
To heat the whole room you need a primary source of heating, for example gas central heating. Your RugBuddy then becomes a useful form of secondary heating, or area heating, and you may find you can turn your central heating thermostat down a degree or 2 if the RugBuddy is where you spend most of your time. Each degree you can turn your thermostat down typically saves about 7.5% on your heating costs.
FAQ 3. What do you mean by radiant heat?
Any object that is hotter than its surroundings will radiate heat.
The heater element in the RugBuddy is heated by electricity enabling it to radiate heat. Cooler objects close to the RugBuddy will absorb the heat and, in turn, warm up. This is why you will feel warmer nearer the RugBuddy even if the air temperature is cool.
As air is not an ‘object’ it will not be heated by the RugBuddy to any noticeable degree. This is why RugBuddy is best used as a secondary source of heating.
In our world the biggest source of radiant heat is the Sun. Think how much warmer you feel moving from the shade into the sunlight on a bright day even though the air temperature is constant. That’s the power of radiant heat.
RugBuddy has a similar power output (120Watts/m2) to the type of underfloor heating installed under laminate or wood floors.
And RugBuddy’s output is only slightly less than the type of underfloor heating installed under tiled floors.
But remember, the RugBuddy will only cover a fraction of your floor area so is best used as secondary heating only.
FAQ 5. Do I need underlay under the RugBuddy?
Some type of underlay is required under the RugBuddy. The underlay should extend to the edges of the rug – not just where the RugBuddy is – so that the rug is evenly supported, and grips the floor properly. People usually buy oversize underlay and trim it to suit using scissors.
On carpet, which is correctly laid on its own underlay, you should use an ‘anti-creep’ underlay to stop the rug and RugBuddy moving on the pile of the carpet. If you don’t already have anti-creep underlay you can add our amazing TopFleece II underlay to your order here.
Wood and laminate floors typically have insulation beneath them and so an anti-slip underlay is all you need. If you don’t already have anti-slip underlay you can add our amazing TopFleece II underlay to your order here.
Even on tiled, stone, or concrete floors an anti-slip underlay is usually all you need.
If you feel your tiled, stone, or concrete floor is particularly cold then you may want to try an underlay with enhanced insulating properties. Choose an underlay with a high R value rating. An underlay with a high R value level indicates it has a superior insulation performance.
We don’t stock this type of underlay as it cut from a roll and is not available in rug sized pieces. Felt carpet underlay works well and is not expensive. There’s a good range here http://www.carpet-underlay-shop.co.uk/ . I recommend 28oz Wool Felt Carpet Underlay as it is only 8mm thick. You can buy a roll, or half roll, but you will need to cut, trim and tape pieces side-by-side to suit your rug.
FAQ 6. What if I don’t have a concrete subfloor?
We draw attention to the fact that RugBuddy is approved for any floor surface on a concrete subfloor by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). However, this does not mean RugBuddy is inherently unsafe on a timber construction floor.
The reason the IEC insist on the statement about the concrete subfloor is that they are concerned that modern timber frame houses might have 200mm of insulation in the floors and ceilings. If this is the case there is a risk a heater would overheat if more insulation is heaped on top e.g. someone places a mattress or bean bag on top, and leaves it there. There would be nowhere for the heat to go.
RugBuddy has built-in safety, by being largely self-regulating, but it would still exceed its operating temperature of 27C in such extreme circumstances.
DO NOT USE RUGBUDDY ON HIGHLY INSULATED FLOORS.
RugBuddy has been successfully on sale in the USA for 10 years now, where many houses are timber frame, without any problems.
Does your house have insulation between the floor joists? Are you likely to cover the RugBuddy with something super insulating when it’s switched on? If the answer to either, or both, of these questions is ‘No’, then RugBuddy will be perfectly safe.
As always, a little commonsense goes a long way!
Absolutely! Be careful not to place anything that will smother the RugBuddy (e.g. bean bags, mattresses, filing cabinets etc.) but any furniture on legs, or feet, is fine. Even office chairs on castors won’t be a problem for your RugBuddy. There’s no weight limit for points of contact. The element is extremely robust and, at 1.2mm diameter, isn’t felt through the rug.
FAQ 8. Is a RugBuddy safe in the bathroom?
RugBuddy is classified as a ‘portable electrical appliance’. As such, it should not be used in a bathroom. This is what Electrical Safety First says: “Portable electrical appliances: Never bring mains-powered portable appliances such as hairdryers, heaters or radios into a bathroom. You could be severely injured or killed.”
Spillages are no problem for a RugBuddy. Just sponge off and the RugBuddy will continue to work perfectly.
RugBuddy meets all relevant CE standards and is, in fact, compliant with the International IPX7 standard for being fully waterproof if immersed.
However, the RugBuddy should be removed before the rug is cleaned as it is not tested for waterjets or steam.
FAQ 11. What’s the best type of rug for a RugBuddy?
The best types are medium weight and thickness, either woven or with a short or medium pile (c.15 – 20mm would be a ‘medium’ pile).
- If the rug is too thin the RugBuddy won’t reach its operating temperature.
- If the rug is too thick, or insulating, then the warmth will not come through to the surface.
Do not use RugBuddy with rugs made from felt, shag pile, animal fur or fleece (animal skins such as cow hide are OK). Also, RugBuddy should not be used under a child’s foam playmat.
RugBuddy is tolerant of a wide range of rugs and environments. It’s important to choose a rug you like.
Read more in this post Best Type of Rug Over a RugBuddy
FAQ 12. What’s the ideal size RugBuddy for my workspace?
My advice is to extend the heated area by 50cm or so in front of you and to either side of where you sit. Radiant heat is felt via ‘line of sight’ and furniture can cast a shadow. (Think of stepping from under a shady tree into bright sunshine. The air temperature doesn’t change but you feel instantly warmer in the radiant warmth direct from the Sun’s rays.) So there’s little point extending the heated area behind you assuming your office chair has a high back.
FAQ 13: How to recycle RugBuddy
First, it must be pointed out that provided there is no physical damage, and the RugBuddy is used per instructions, it will last indefinitely. There is minimal wear and tear, if any, and there are no moving parts in the heater itself.
The innovative design of RugBuddy requires minimal quantities of raw materials compared with traditional types of electric heaters.
There are four major component types:
- The element which is a unique co-axial electrical cable
- The cold lead which is standard electrical cable
- The plug and RCD safety device which are standard accessories for electrical devices
- The metallic carrier sheets (top and bottom) which keep the element in place and help spread the warmth evenly
All components are recyclable as “electrical cable and accessories” or “a small electrical appliance”.