What is Underfloor Heating?
As the weather starts to cool like we’ve already seen this week, nothing beats a warm floor, especially of a morning.
When it comes to an underfloor heating system, there are two main forms available. Water systems use a length of pipe, a heat source and a pump. Electrical systems on the other hand use cables to generate heat. Underfloor heating can be used to simply warm your floors or it can act as the main heat source, replacing the radiators entirely. Additionally, underfloor heating is incredibly energy efficient and the process isn’t nearly as invasive as you may have first thought.
Where to use Underfloor Heating
Underfloor heating is generally kept to ground-floor rooms but nothing is impossible if it’s also required upstairs. With a system to suit any type of floor, wet systems are great for new builds or extensions but electric heating works much better when used in existing rooms.
One question we also often get asked is what flooring works best with underfloor heating. Solid floor coverings are a great idea and this is materials such as terracotta, ceramic, porcelain or stone. Be aware, however, that solid timber flooring isn’t always as suitable but most top-of-the-range laminates are and still give a lovely look.
If you’re not already convinced about installing underfloor heating, you will be soon after reading this section. As well as potentially adding value to your home, think about the space you’ll save when you no longer need radiators. Compared to a radiator-only heating system, underfloor heating is also estimated to be 25% more efficient when paired with a modern condensing boiler and up to 40% cheaper when combined with a heat pump. Additionally, most of the heat is concentrated in the lower part of the room so very little will be wasted and you’ll be doing your bit for the environment.
Installing your Underfloor Heating
If you’re looking for new ways to heat your home this winter, we recommend seeking help from an underfloor heating professional. An experienced UFH installer, at Direct Heating, we will be able to pinpoint the right system to suit your needs. We will also be able to help with the necessary calculations and plan for the system installation around your busy lifestyle.
With incredible warranties and excellent backup service, bring in the specialists when it comes to your underfloor heating project. To find more, please get in touch with our well-qualified team.