Underfloor heating is exactly as it sounds. It’s not particularly complicated to install and you’ll instantly feel the benefits as heat rises in your rooms.
If you’re considering underfloor heating, there are two specific types that you should be aware of – ‘wet’ hot water systems and ‘dry’ hot water systems. Both systems can be fitted to any property and flooring, and the only thing that’ll change is the heating requirements.
You can even fit underfloor heating into oddly shaped rooms and experts can help and advise you on the best solution. They’ll provide you with a room plan and help to tackle any problems that may arise.
Wet / Water underfloor heating systems
The wet underfloor heating system uses water warmed to a temperature around 65°C. Water is pumped through hooped pipes at a low pressure, which are insulated beneath the flooring. The insulation reflects heat into the room above.
The central heating boiler supplies the system’s water and the flow is controlled by thermostats and manifolds. Condensing boilers prove to be the most energy efficient with underfloor heating systems.
There’ll be a thermostat in each room and they’ll all be wired to the manifold controller, so temperatures are easy to set up and change accordingly. Whenever you need heat the thermal valves allow water through the pipes.
The manifold controls can be connected by a plumber, while an electrician is best for the electrical wiring.
If you’re interested in underfloor heating, as you’d expect, it’s easier to accommodate during a refurbishment or in a new build.
Dry / Electric underfloor heating systems
For electric underfloor heating you’ll need to fit cables one or two inches beneath the floor. This makes it much easier when implemented into a new build or during a renovation.
Electric underfloor heating can be used in any property and type of flooring, including laminate, wood, carpet and vinyl.
Because of the advances in technology, ribbon cables and heating mats are now available. These not only provide much better energy efficiency, but also a greater surface area of heat. You’ll find electric underfloor heating operates at lower temperatures than water systems, and peaks at around 30°C. This is to avoid discolouration and other damage the heat could do.
As the cables and mats used in underfloor heating are relatively thin, doors and floors won’t need to be altered during installation.