FAQ 1: Is The RugBuddy economical in use?
The RugBuddy is economical for 2 reasons:
- It’s ‘on-demand, heating up quickly, so you only need to switch it on when you’re using the room.
- It allows you to turn your central heating thermostat down by up to 3 degrees which can save you £200 per year!
FAQ 2. You say RugBuddy is ideal as secondary heating. What does this mean?
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’ as such 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.
FAQ 4. I like houses that have underfloor heating. How powerful is RugBuddy in comparison?
RugBuddy has a similar power output (120Watts/m2) to the type of underfloor heating installed under laminate or wood floors – see WoodBWarmer (110Watts/m2)
And RugBuddy’s output is only slightly less than the type of underfloor heating installed under tiled floors – see TileWarm (160Watts/m2).
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.
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. You can add anti-creep underlay to your order here.
Wood and laminate floors typically have insulation beneath them and so an anti-slip underlay is all you need. You can add anti-slip 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/ . Just type ‘Envirolay’ into the search box on the right hand side to see the full range. I recommend Envirolay 28oz as it is only 7mm thick. You can buy a roll, half roll, or by the square metre, but you will need to cut, trim and tape pieces side-by-side to suit your rug. Use Promo Code BEW7 for 7% discount.
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. There would be nowhere for the heat to go.
RugBuddy overcomes this by being self regulating but it would still exceed its operating temperature of 27C in such extreme circumstances. 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!
FAQ 7. Can I put furniture, e.g. an office chair, on top?
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 is fine. Even office chairs on castors won’t be a problem for your RugBuddy.
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.”