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A Guide To Installing Underfloor Heating

Sep 11, 2008
Heating in homes are usually the same, either as radiant heating or electric portable heating systems. Very few houses in the UK, unless they are newly built or renovated come with underfloor heating. This kind of heating is used mainly for houses that have the right kind of flooring, such as wooden or tiled floors. Often carpeted flooring may not be sufficient enough to circulate heat around the rooms and people will not feel the full benefits of an underfloor heating.

For those looking to install new underfloor heating would need to consult with underfloor heating specialists, as they will help those unfamiliar to the installation process. These usually take a short amount of time and will require a complete resurfacing of your floor, therefore if you just laid down new carpeting in your house then you may need to think twice about installing floor heating. Some of the best places for floor heating are the kitchen, conservatory or bathroom as these are the areas where the floors are usually tiled.

Most underfloor heating specialists will advise you on the best flooring material for the most effective and beneficial way of getting the most out of your heating. As radiant heating tend to warm up the ceiling space instead of the immediate area, there is usually plenty of heat energy wasted; whereas floor heating is better at distributing heat around the room, without wasting any heat energy and without causing too much discomfort for people.

Some underfloor heating specialists will not charge for the initial consultation for installing the system and they will provide you with a quote of the overall installation. They will also go through of the best flooring material for various heating systems. For example, cement tiling will be benefited most with electric underfloor heating systems rather than water piped systems (hydronic). Wooden flooring can benefit better with a hydronic system as this will not affect the wood and it can absorb the heat better. However, electric heating can also be used in the same way.

This heating system can help individuals save money on energy bills and will also benefit in taking full control of the heating system. Hydronic systems also require warm water to pass through the pipes and do not need to be heated at a high temperature for the heating to circulate evenly. You will need to establish whether you would prefer a hydronic system or an electric system, as one may work out more expensive than the other to install, however, both are similar in price to run and are energy efficient.

The installation process can take anything from a week to a couple of weeks, as the process requires the workers to take apart the floorboards and connect everything together. The process much easier than putting up radiators and will initially be more expensive. But over time the users will notice that running underfloor heating can prove to be cost effective and much more energy efficient.
About the Author
Anna Stenning has had plenty of interractions with underfloor heating specialists as she plans to install floor heating in her home.
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