Sep 172014
 

suelo_radiente calefaccionIntroduction

There are many different reasons as to why you may be thinking of installing under floor heating, whether that is to keep your feet warm in winter or to save space in your home.

This cost effective heating solution can be a real asset to any home if fitted correctly, so here is the essential guide on how to install under floor heating. 

Why install under floor heating?

One of the main reasons people decide to install under floor heating is so that they do not have to put up with radiators all over their walls. Many people feel as though visible heating is unsightly and so opt to have it removed.

There can also be a space issue when it comes to having radiators or electric heaters on the wall, especially if you wish to have furniture that is flush against a flat surface. Using under floor heating can greatly maximise the space you have available in each room.

Under floor heating is actually a far more efficient way of heating a home then using radiators or electric heaters. This is because it distributes the heat more evenly; meaning less energy is used to warm your whole house.

Finally, many people actually just prefer the feeling of under floor heating and the warmth it gives underfoot. Heat is emitted gently and evenly, meaning that there are no cold spots or areas that are far too hot.

Where to put under floor heating

Suelo_radiante_en_bano_SansebatianTypically, under floor heating is mainly used for ground floor rooms such as kitchens and living rooms; however it can be used in any room in your home, even conservatories and other extensions.

The most popular places to have under floor heating tend to be bathrooms, due to the pleasant feeling of stepping out of the shower and onto a warm floor during winter.

Kitchens are also another great area to have under floor heating, as a lot of families tend to socialise and spend much of their time together in this main hub of a room.

You can place this clever heating solution pretty much anywhere you see fit however, depending on the type of system that you are going to be using.

Different types of under floor heating

Wet systems which use warm water from the central heating system. This water is then pumped through the pipes under the surface of your floor. These types of systems normally have to be laid on a sub floor before the final surface is put down. Due to the method in which wet systems work, your water heating costs can be greatly reduced compared to using radiators.

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Electric mat systems consist of cables and wires that are connected to a series of mesh mats. These mats are then laid on the floor, connected together and then wired into a thermostat which controls the heating. Although electric mat under floor heating may be cheaper to buy and install, there are not as cost effective, in the long run, as wet systems.

Top 3 tips for installing your under floor heating

– Ensure you enlist the help of an under floor heating expert or plumber to have your system installed.

-  If your property is not properly insulated then heat can be lost through under floor heating. Make sure that you have adequate insulation before installing.

-  When installing a wet system you will need to have enough space for the controls, such as a cupboard or alcove.

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Conclusion

Under floor heating can be a great way to create gentle and even warmth within your home, as long as installed correctly. It can also reduce your utility bills and make your property more eco-friendly.

If you wish to get rid of your radiators or other heating equipment then make sure you check with a professional before just tearing them off the wall.

The same applies if you are planning on installing under floor heating in a new room or extension, as plans and calculations will need to be made first.

 

Written by Rebecca Walton on behalf of St Albans plumbersDIS Plumbing, specialist installers of under floor heating.

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There are many different reasons as to why you may be thinking of installing under floor heating, whether that is to keep your feet warm in winter or to save space in your home.

This cost effective heating solution can be a real asset to any home if fitted correctly, so here is the essential guide on how to install under floor heating. 

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