Underfloor heating is a cleaner, smarter way to heat your home. Using radiant heat technology, Uderflooring Heating gently warms the people and objects in the room directly, from the ground up – facilitating a much more energy-efficient method.
As the weather cools, nothing beats the luxury of warmth underfoot especially first thing in the morning. Underfloor heating (UFH) is also energy-efficient, convenient, free up wall space, and can add value to your home. As for installing it, the process isn’t as intrusive as you might think.
It’s not hard to see the appeal of underfloor heating. After all, who wouldn’t want to make the winter months cozier with lovely warm feet?
Underfloor heating offers an alternative to traditional radiators and continues to become a popular feature for many homeowners across the UK. As individuals, we strive for more convenience in our lives, and the decision to install underfloor heating into our modern homes prevails.
There are two main types of systems available to homeowners considering underfloor heating including gas-powered (wet) and electric underfloor heating systems. Generally, the system you may choose will be dependent on your home plan and the heat source.
Electric underfloor heating is more common and has numerous benefits for the end-user such as a cost-effective and simple installation process and is less expensive to run in comparison to gas-powered systems.
In simple terms, electric underfloor heating uses electric fitted wires beneath the floor to provide heat. An electric current is passed through the wires, which becomes hot. This heat is then transferred through the floor to the room above, providing the comfort of warmth right under our feet during the winter months.
Underfloor heating essentially works by turning the floor area into a giant, efficient and invisible heat emitter. Heating tubes or cables are installed beneath the floor, which heats up, to warm the room from the ground up. Strong, flexible tubing is used for warm water underfloor heating systems, whilst cables are used in electric underfloor heating systems.
Because underfloor heating covers such a large surface area, it is able to use much lower water temperatures than radiators. This helps to improve efficiency – especially with a heat pump – and also better heats a room as there are no cold spots.
Depending upon the property layout and floor construction there are a number of Underfloor Heating systems that can be specified.
A screeded UFH system utilizes a special plastic pipe clipped onto a thick layer of insulation and then enclosed within a concrete screed which is poured on top. The enclosed pipework is then supplied with hot water (typically at 35-40DegC) and this heats the surrounding concrete hence providing a large thermal mass. This in turn transfers the heat into the room above and provides very even and stable room temperatures.
For traditional wooden joisted floors (or new builds with engineered “Posi-joists'') a screeded system can be difficult to install. In these instances an aluminum “plate” system can be installed. This comprises aluminum plates positioned between the joists, with insulation underneath.
The plastic UFH pipes are then located into pre-formed recesses in the aluminum plates and the final floor boarding is affixed on top. The pipes transfer the heat energy into the aluminum plates and from there through to the surface of the floor, from where the room is heated.
For properties with existing concrete floors, it is often prohibitively expensive to remove the floors in order to install a screeded system. In these instances, purpose-built pre-insulated boards can be placed directly onto the surface of the existing concrete floor.
These boards have pre-formed channels in the top surface into which the plastic UFH pipework can be routed. Floor boarding can then be placed on top of this in preparation for the final floor covering.
However, it should be noted that with minimal insulation between the UFH pipework and the existing concrete floor, some heat energy will be transferred into the underlying concrete and transferred downwards. This can reduce the system efficiencies and must be factored into the system design.
Electric underfloor heating eliminates cold spots by evenly distributing heat throughout the room and allowing the warmth from the floor up.
Electric underfloor heating is very efficient and runs at a lower temperature in comparison to conventional heating. This allows you to set your thermostat at a lower temperature, and in the long run saving you money on your energy bills.
You don’t need to leave electric underfloor heating on for long periods for it to keep you and your home warm, unlike water-based underfloor heating and conventional heating. Electric underfloor heating is very responsive and on-demand, and it will heat up quickly when you need it, and you can turn it off when you don’t.
If installed correctly, electric underfloor heating requires zero maintenance, therefore make sure during installation, your electric heating system is fitted correctly and by a professional.
Unlike a central heating system, underfloor heating does not create convection currents in the air. This means that dust and allergens are not circulating around your home.
Because the heat source is under the floor there is no need for unsightly radiators which may have previously taken up crucial wall space. You can decorate your walls as you want without any sight of radiators. Moreover, more wall space is particularly important in bathrooms where space is more often at a premium.
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