Underfloor heating systems can be installed under almost every floor type including tile, wood, stone, laminate and carpeted surfaces. Installing underfloor heating will help to keep rooms and floors warm through radiant heat; offering a space saving solution as well as providing a perfect alternative to the conventional radiator.
Two of the most critical factors when deciding on an underfloor heating system is the desired surface underfoot that you wish to heat and the size of the area that requires heating.
It’s important to understand how the underfloor heating system that you are installing works. In a different way to standard conventional heating, underfloor heating produces radiant heat providing an even and ambient heat. With the reduction in heat loss from your body, you will feel warmer at a lower temperature when compared to conventional heating systems.
Electric Underfloor Heating Systems
Electric underfloor heating systems use electric cables that heat up when connected to mains electricity. In a new build property, a screed finish is often used and for existing properties, electric mats or tiles are regularly installed.
An electric underfloor heating system is often preferred for existing structures as it is easier to install than the barrier pipe.
Wet Underfloor Heating
Heated water is circulated through suitable polyethene barrier piping with separate circuits for different zones within the property. Zones are then connected to a manifold that has regulating valves and a thermostat, this means that different zones in the house can be heated to specified temperatures at different times and areas.