The Impact of Relative Humidity on Wood Flooring in Underfloor Systems

Relative humidity (RH) is one of the most important factors to consider when installing any type of wood flooring, particularly in underfloor systems. Knowing how RH affects wood flooring is essential in order to ensure a successful installation and a long lasting floor.

RH refers to the amount of moisture in the air compared to its maximum capacity for holding moisture at a given temperature. When RH is too low, wood floors can become brittle and prone to cracking, while too much moisture can lead to warping and damage.

Underfloor heating systems provide several benefits, such as improved comfort and energy savings. However, due to their close contact with the ground, they are also more sensitive to changes in RH than other types of flooring. In order to ensure optimal performance from your underfloor heating system, it is important that you maintain an appropriate level of RH within your home.

The ideal range for RH when installing underfloor heating systems is between 40-60%. If you find that the RH levels in your home are outside this range, there are some things that you can do to bring them back into balance:
-Install a humidifier or dehumidifier in your home
-Ensure that all areas with underfloor heating are well ventilated
-Use fans or open windows on days when the weather permits
-Choose flooring materials with low absorption rates such as ceramic tiles or vinyl planks
-If using wood flooring, make sure that it has been properly sealed and treated with finish

The benefits of installing an underfloor heating system are numerous. First and foremost, they provide increased comfort and energy efficiency as they require less energy than other forms of heating due to their slow response time. This means lower energy bills over time, potentially up to 20% lower than traditional central heating systems! Additionally, they can be installed without any major structural changes or disruptions making them ideal for both new builds and renovations alike. Finally, their discreet design ensures that most people won’t even know they’re there!

At Euroheat Australia we understand how important it is for your underfloor heating system to perform at its best for years to come which is why we offer professional design and installation services from our experienced Perth engineers & installers who have more than 30 years experience in designing & constructing hydronic heating & cooling systems. We take great pride in our work and ensure that all installations meet strict standards so you can rest assured knowing that you’re getting a quality product at a great price!