The installation of underfloor heating has always been popular across Europe, but has become more prevalent in the UK in recent times. It is always something to consider alongside everything else when completing house renovations. Like everything, underfloor heating has its advantages and disadvantages. Whether or not it is something that suits you will depend on your lifestyle. There are various things to consider when it comes to installing underfloor heating.
What is Underfloor Heating?
Unlike regular central heating, underfloor heating works by heating a room from the floor up. When you have standard central heating with radiators on the walls the heat tends to come from the ceiling down. There are two types of underfloor heating, electric which uses electric cable under the floor and water based, which uses circulated heated water under the floor. The type that is right for your property will depend on several factors such as the type of flooring. Some types for instance cannot be installed underneath a wooden floor. If you are considering installing underfloor heating it is wise to do your research and speak to experts such as those found at http://www.ukunderfloorheating.co.uk so that you can understand your best options.
Electric Underfloor Heating Systems:
This is also known as the dry system. With electric systems a series of electric wires are laid (usually on top of layers of screed and insulation) under or within the flooring. Dependent on the floor area this can be loose wiring that fits into small and difficult areas or for larger spaces there are heating mats that are rolled out. Electric underfloor heating should always be installed by a qualified electrician. The system is attached to your mains by your electrician and a sensor fitted so that you can control the thermostat. Electric underfloor systems can be found to suit most varieties of flooring including tiled, wooden and even under carpet. Electric based underfloor heating systems are cheaper to install than the alternative water based systems. However, it is worth noting that the running costs are much more expensive so in the long term they are not advised for heating large areas.
Water Based Underfloor Heating Systems:
This is what is known as the wet system. With water based underfloor heating a series of pipes are connected to the boiler and heated water is circulated underneath the floor. As well as connecting these systems to the boiler it is also possible to connect it to a solar powered water heating system. Because the heat emanates from piping which is evenly spread, the whole system is more efficient and effective than the standard radiator heating system. This means that the water temperature required to actually heat the area is less than would be required for radiators. This means savings on your energy bills.
Many people install underfloor heating as either their main system, or as a background addition to their existing system. Doing your research and working out the best options for you will mean that you have a warm and cosy home when you need it.
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