Installing Underfloor Heating
Tips and Hints
All underfloor heating systems, whether “wet” or “dry”, essentially work in the same way. Heat energy – derived from warm water flowing through pipes, or from electrical heating cables, or mats, beneath the floor – is radiated upwards into the space above.
This creates a more natural temperature gradient than traditional radiator systems, which tend to heat the space immediately below the ceiling
Types of Underfloor Heating
So-called “wet” underfloor heating systems circulate warm, rather than hot, water – typically at a temperature of around
Indeed, not only may a wet underfloor heating system be 30% more efficient than a traditional radiator system
Gas, oil and solid fuel boilers can all be used as a source of heat for a wet underfloor heating system – although condensing boilers are usually the most efficient in this context – and integrating a system with your existing plumbing, including radiators if you do not wish to have underfloor heating throughout your home, is a definite
Electric underfloor heating systems, on the whole, allow a room to reach the required temperature faster
Some less expensive electric systems may be unsuitable for installation beneath
Underfloor Heating Installation
The pipework installed as part of wet underfloor heating
Wet underfloor heating systems are, however, best suited for inclusion in newly built
Electrical underfloor heating is more appropriate for renovation projects in existing properties, as heating cables, or mats, are laid on top of the existing sub-floor, or insulation board, such that the height of the floor need only be raised by a few millimetres, at most.
Electric underfloor heating is easy to
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