Converting your garage, basement, or another room in your house into a gym is one of the most popular home improvement trends of the year. While there’s no denying the convenience of having a home gym, this kind of renovation project can present a few hurdles, the most significant of which is temperature control. In this guide we’ll show you how good insulation and a Smart underfloor heating system can create a comfortable gym that you can use all year-round. You’ll find out:
- The benefits of installing a home gym
- How to insulate a gym
- The best heating solutions for fitness rooms
- How to buy a home gym underfloor heating system
Benefits of a gym at home
Did you know that many people who were forced to exercise at home over the past two years due to gym and health centre closures enjoyed it so much that they cancelled their gym memberships for good, in favour of at-home workouts?
Getting yourself motivated to exercise is often a task in and of itself and it can be challenging to find time to go to the gym, especially when you have to go out of your way to get there. Converting a room in your home into a gym area is a terrific way to easily incorporate your health and fitness goals into your daily life without the stress. There is a wide variety of affordable exercise equipment you can purchase for your home such as pull up bars, squat racks, benches and treadmills so creating a home fitness area could be cheaper than you may think. Making a dedicated area in your house in which to work out in can also add thousands of pounds to your property’s value.
How to insulate a garage gym
There is nothing worse than exercising in a too-cold or too-hot space so making sure your new home gym is kept at a comfortable temperature is an important first step to take in your renovation project. Garages and basements are a popular room to turn into workout areas but typically these rooms are the coldest and dampest spaces in the home with little insulation. It doesn’t matter what you do to heat your new gym if the space isn’t insulated, because without insulation, the heat will just escape the room and the cold external air will make its way inside.
To prepare for the installation of home fitness room, ensuring the walls and floors have adequate levels of insulation is key and you should carry out a heat loss assessment before installing a new heating system. Warmup offer high-quality floor insulation to be used alongside all our floor heating systems which will keep the heat produced by the system inside the room. For a garage gym, make sure to insulate all the areas prone to air leakage too. These areas include: the garage door, windows, walls, other connecting doors if applicable.
The best heating options for fitness rooms
There’s no shortage of options when it comes to choosing a heating method for your home gym but some technologies are better suited for these spaces than others.
Electric and oil-based space heaters are a common choice for garages and basements. They are simple to use but the downside to this option is that these heaters can only warm small areas and will also take up valuable space that could be used by fitness equipment.
You could also install a new radiator to connect with an existing central heating system however, gas-based heaters are permanent fixtures and will also take up valuable wall space.
Radiant underfloor heating is a terrific option for home gyms, whether you’re considering a garage conversion or using another room in your home. Floor heaters are installed beneath the floor finish of your gym or within the concrete subfloor, so they will not take up any space – giving you more room for your equipment. Underfloor heating is also energy-efficient and safe to run at all times.
The benefits of a floor heated home gym
Out of all the options, a radiant floor heating system ranks best in terms of comfort, style, safety, and efficiency. A radiant floor heating system will keep your gym comfortable and evenly heated during the colder winter months.
Warmup offer a range of water or electric floor heating systems that a perfect for both new-build and renovation projects. UFH uses radiant heat technology to gently heat gyms and workout areas from the ground up, warming up the space quicker and at a lower temperature than other heating methods. The increased energy-efficiency of underfloor heating can result in big savings on your heating bills. You can even control the temperature of your gym from wherever you are with a Warmup Smart Thermostat and its accompanying Smartphone app.
Retrofitting a floor heating system in your home gym is a hassle-free experience. Electric floor heaters are perfect for use in garage gyms as they won’t impact on floor levels and can be quickly installed and connected to your mains electricity.
Thinking about a water underfloor heating system? These heating solutions typically require a more labour-intensive installation but can be used alongside a gas-based boiler or heat pump, which can help provide even lower running costs. The Total-16 System is a great option for retrofitting in your home gym project as its low-profile design means it will have a negligible effect on your gym’s floor build-up.
How to purchase an underfloor heating system for your gym
Warmup is the world’s best-selling underfloor heating brand, offering an array of solutions to fit the needs of your new home gym. If you’re ready to get started with an energy-efficient heating solution that excels in comfort and style, get a free instant quote using our online quoting tool. We’ll help you choose the best heater and let you know exactly how much it will cost.
The cost of installing floor heating in your gym will depend on a range of factors including the size of the space, your chosen system and where you’re based but you can expect to pay in the region of £200-300 a day for a qualified UFH installer.
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