A Guide to Underfloor Heating

A Guide to Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating is most definitely the way forward. We are sure you have noticed that more and more self-build and new developments are choosing this method of heating. Why? It is cost-effective and one of the most energy-efficient options for heating your home. Underfloor heating allows a gentle radiation of heat throughout the home, similar to the natural heat of the sun is able to provide.

A huge benefit of underfloor heating is that your whole room and house will be heated - you won’t find yourself getting cooler the further away you are from the radiator. Customers also like the discreetness of this option, the home is heated without any visible radiators or pipes, leaving their room layout completely unhindered.

However, other benefits that you’ll often find that customers don’t consider is the reduction in energy costs due to this system working more efficiently as it's operating at lower temperatures especially when installed with an air-to-water heat pump. Underfloor heating also has health benefits, the dust and pollen movement that would usually be circulated by convection from radiators would be greatly reduced making this a must-have recommendation for those with chest or breathing problems.

There are two types of underfloor heating systems you can install in your home:

WET

A network of pipes connecting to the house boiler, this option will pump hot water through the pipes to all the rooms and creates a gentle warm heat. This is the more economical option for some customers, however, it may involve some further works, as the pipes need to be buried in a screed floor with 3 inches on top to create a thermal mass.

DRY

This network of wires heats up the floor using electric coils under the floors. You’ll find this option is cheaper than wet installations, however, this option works best for use in just one room. This underfloor heating can work under many types of flooring but should not be installed under carpets.

When laying your underfloor heating you will want to consider how materials expand and contract over time and how this will affect your project. The screed that is laid with your piping will expand and contract, along with any tiling that is fitted on top. Take this into account and make sure an expansion gap is left when installing over large areas.

All new builds must have insulation positioned below the concrete slabs. Underfloor heating should also have insulation above the slab and directly below the pipes to reduce the effects of downward heat loss.

This fantastic form of heating will bring luxury to all your homes. Contact Wayne Gribben at Plumbmaster today to see how we can help you with underfloor heating.