Boiler Advice For Underfloor Heating
Underfloor heating is a great way of heating your home as an alternative to traditional central heating options. However, you need to make sure that you get the right boiler and underfloor heating option for your home. This article will give you comprehensive boiler advice on underfloor heating to ensure you make the right choice for your home.
How does underfloor heating work?
Underfloor heating systems turn your floor into a radiator by heating the room from the ground up and reducing the number of cold spots in the room. They can be installed under nearly every type of floor including tile, wood, stone, laminate and carpeted surfaces. So no matter how you want to style your home, there will be an underfloor heating solution to suit your needs.
There are two types of underfloor heating systems, electric underfloor heating and wet underfloor heating systems. Depending on which heating system you choose, you will either have cables or pipes embedded into your floor to help move the heat around the room and keep you warm.
What type of underfloor heating is best?
Now you know how underfloor heating works, you’re probably wondering what type of underfloor heating is best? We’ve outlined some of the benefits of the main heating systems below to help you decide which is the right system for your home. If you would like a more in-depth comparison between electric underfloor heating systems vs wet underfloor heating systems, check out our guide.
Dry or Electric underfloor heating
An electric underfloor heating system works by embedding cables into the floor which are hooked up to a thermostat and the mains electricity. Usually coming in a network of cables in mats, this heating system evenly and effectively distributes heat across the floor space.
If you’re taking on a renovation project, electric underfloor heating is a great solution for retrofitting underfloor heating due to the ease of installation, affordability and ideal for smaller areas of the home.
Wet underfloor heating
Wet underfloor heating uses heated water in polyethene barrier piping to transport water around the room to keep it heated. It can have separate circuits for different zones within the property if you have multiple underfloor heating systems installed in your home. The water in the pipes is heated by the boiler, working similarly to the way your traditional radiators do, only the pipes are installed over a much larger surface area and much closer together.
Wet underfloor heating systems are most suitable for new homes or extensions where the systems can be installed during the building process as if you try to install them in an existing room you will have to rip the floor up. A wet underfloor heating system is great for all types of heating sources as it can be linked to almost any type, from standard boilers to newer sustainable technologies, such as solar thermal energy or heat pumps. You can use any type of boiler for wet underfloor heating, but some boilers may need adjustments such as gas combination boilers.
Benefits to you
- Low maintenance
- Connects to renewable energy sources
- Several types of boilers work with underfloor heating
What are the boiler requirements for underfloor heating?
As mentioned above, wet underfloor heating systems are great for all types of heating sources as they can work with anything from your usual boiler system to newer sustainable technologies, such as solar thermal energy or heat pumps.
What kind of boiler do you need for underfloor heating?
You can get away with any kind of boiler for underfloor heating, however, some, like gas combination boilers, will require some adjustments to your heating system to ensure they work to their full potential. A certified gas heating engineer should be able to help you prepare your system to be able to accommodate an underfloor heating system.
Condensing boilers are also great for underfloor heating as they recover as much as possible of waste heat, which is normally ejected into the atmosphere from the flue of a conventional boiler, to reuse in the system.
What’s the right boiler size for underfloor heating?
The right boiler size for underfloor heating will depend on how well your house is insulated and the heat output required from the underfloor heating. Our comprehensive boiler buying guide will help you choose the best boiler for your underfloor heating needs.