If you’re planning a new build, extension or major refurbishment on your property, it may be the perfect time to seriously consider underfloor heating as an efficient way to heat your home.
Why have underfloor heating?
Underfloor heating is not a new concept, it’s been around since the Roman times. In Scandinavia 80% of homes are already heated by underfloor heating and the UK market is catching up fast.
It’s no surprise that underfloor heating is growing in popularity. It’s relatively cheap to install, economical to run and with little maintenance required.
It also frees up wall space, normally dedicated to radiators, and can now be installed under virtually any type of floor. It’s generally considered to be a more eco-friendly option than radiators too, because of the way it heats the space.
What are the benefits of underfloor heating?
The radiant form of underfloor heating with even heat distribution is far more comfortable and efficient than the convected heat provided by radiators, which draws cold air across the floor, heating it and then convecting it upwards towards the ceiling.
- No more radiators
- Event heat distribution
- Individual room control
- Free up wall space
- No more cold floors
- Energy efficient save on bills
- No exposed pipework
- Minimal maintenance
- Reduced airborne dust pollution
How Electric Underfloor Heating Works
Underfloor heating is a highly efficient way of keeping a home or place of work warm. Unlike radiators, underfloor heating systems use the power source to its full potential. This results in lower running costs without reducing the warmth of your home
Electric Underfloor Heating works by using a network of cables that are wired up to a thermostat and the mains electric. Depending on the type of floor in each home or workplace there are different types of electric underfloor heating systems, although no matter what the type a qualified electrician should always connect the underfloor heating to the mains.
The wires are fitted on top of a layer of screed (this ensures the surface that the wires are on is perfectly flat) and a layer of floor insulation which stops the heat from travelling down.
When fitting an underfloor heating system, an electric kit is usually the easier system to fit compared to wet underfloor heating. This means that the cost of installation is lower.
Wet underfloor heating systems have bigger pipes that need to be fitted and so more space is needed under the floor which isn't an issue with new homes and buildings but for existing homes electric underfloor heating is usually the preferred system.
The advantage of electric underfloor heating is that in existing rooms the wiring is thin enough to be installed without the need of raising the floor.
If you would like an Underfloor Heating System in your home Please contact us for a free consultation.