One of the most popular heating systems nowadays seems to be underfloor heating. This type of system can sit below floors made of concrete, wood or tile, and can even be installed underneath a carpeted surface.
This is a fantastic alternative to radiators and will ensure that the floors of your home are warm and extremely comfortable to walk on. There are two specific types of underfloor heating system, namely a water-based system which is driven by pumps and the alternative is known as the “dry system” which is operated by electric. This post will concentrate on the workings of electric underfloor heating systems.
Electric Underfloor Heating
The system will require many different electrical wires to be installed, and this can either be done within the floors or underneath the flooring altogether.
The type of system you should have installed will very much depend on two factors, the type of flooring you have and also the overall size of the room. You can choose to have an electric cable system, wiring which has been fitted loosely, thus allowing it fit just about anywhere, including hard to reach and small spaces, or you may choose to install a quantity of heating mats, which are most commonly used on larger floor areas.
You can install electric underfloor heating systems with just about any type of flooring, although they are generally used with tiles or stone floors.
How Does It Work?
The system will require cables or heating sheets to be fitted on top of a layer of screed (to ensure it stays even) and some floor insulation, all of which will be installed under the floor. The insulation will also ensure that heat travels upwards into the room, as opposed to down.
As the system will need to be connected to the mains electric supply it is advisable to have a qualified electrician do this, although many retailers who provide underfloor heating systems will also take care of the installation for you as well.
The electrician will then fit a sensor in with the mains electric supply and this will be connected to your thermostat. It is this that will allow you to control the temperature of heat entering your home and give you the ability to turn the temperature up and down, as well as pre-set the system to turn on and off whenever you so choose.
You will actually find that there a few different types of underfloor heating systems and the type that you should have installed will very much depend on the type of flooring you have in your home. This is why it makes a lot of sense to liaise with an expert in this area beforehand to give you a better idea of what type of system would work best in your home.
You will also find that installing an electric underfloor heating system is far easier to do than the water-based variety, as the wet system will require a series of pipes, which may even involve raising the floor. This is why wet systems are far more commonly used in new build properties, as they can be installed before the floor is laid.
This post has been contributed by Kenny Adams who works at CBS Radiant Heating Systems, a company specializing in heating systems since 1995. He is quite passionate about his work and enjoys reading when he gets free. Log on to http://www.cbsheating.com/ to know more about his company.