Underfloor Heating System Guide
Underfloor heating will make your tiled, wooden and laminate floors much more inviting and warm to the touch. There are two main types of under floor heating available to suit your budget and floor heating requirements so that you can achieve veritable luxury at affordable costs. Who needs slippers when you can walk freely about your luxurious warm kitchen floor in your bare feet with a brand new heating system? You’ll find your new underfloor system will begin as a luxury item only for it to become a real necessity in the home. You’ll wonder how you ever got by without it.
With Underfloor Heating (UFH) you have two distinct choices. The first is to opt for Water Underfloor Heating system this will be connected to your current central heating system, which will require a professional installation procedure, but will save you money over time. The second is to opt for an Electric Underfloor Heating System, which is cheaper and easier to install initially but will cost more to use over time. Our Guide below will hopefully help you to decide which option is best for you.
What Are Underfloor Heating Systems?
Underfloor is becoming an increasingly popular alternative method for heating the home. UFH is considered to be not only comfortable, luxurious and highly efficient, but it’s also very affordable. That’s why more and more domestic properties in the UK today are installing UFH systems in their homes. UFH may eliminate your need for radiators, which would create more space within your property, allowing greater flexibility when designing room layouts. Considered to be less of a health and safety risk, hot radiators present a potential hazard for the elderly or unsupervised young children, with a UFH system this will never be an issue.
How Do Underfloor Heating Systems Work?
Heat rises, so as with traditional radiators, heat is thrown up towards the ceiling only to travel downwards again, cooling down on the way back to the ground. Uneven warmth is then created with the majority of warm air being higher up in the room. UFH provides a gentle air circulation from directly underneath you, so as the warm air rises, it creates an even heat distribution throughout the whole room with air cooling down when it reaches the ceiling. So your whole body can feel the benefit of the warmth, including your feet. Also as under floor heating literally covers the whole floor area, there are no cold spots within the room, this can be a problem with traditional radiators in a larger area.
Ideal for both existing properties and new builds, it is suitable for use with most floor types, for example, concrete screed and timber (floating or suspended). It can also be used with tiled floor, wooden floor and carpet floors, although it is important to discuss such issues with your installer beforehand.
Floor Heating for Ceramic / Stone / Terracotta Tile Floors
Tile flooring is conventionally very cold by nature, particularly during winter, and many of us would prefer that they were cosily warm all year round. UFH for a tile floor is therefore practically essential, although the installation process may accrue excessive costs depending on the level of installation required. Another thing to consider is the thickness of tile used; the thicker the tile, the longer it will take for the UFH System to heat the tile to the desired temperature, however once that temperature has been reached the tiles will remain at a constant temperature until it the floor heating has been switched off.
Floor Heating for Timber / Vinyl / Laminate Floors
Timber and laminate flooring are naturally warmer than tile flooring, this is because unlike tiles wood / laminate floor panels are poor conductors of heat. However, despite this Underfloor works very well with wooden and laminate flooring and could play an important role in warming your home. We at PlumbNation Heating Supplies advise that you only use the recommended timber / laminate flooring for use with UFH by the flooring manufacturer.
Whether it be Wet System Floor Heating or Electric Floor Heating, it is important to calculate how much heat is required in order to adequately heat the room(s) in question. This can be determined via a heat loss calculation. Many manufacturers offer free quotations for any installations.
We offer a vast range of UFH products, from the UK’s leading manufacturers, for example, Danfoss who produce the Danfoss Devimat. The Danfoss Devimat is available in a range of sizes, with a choice for solid or timber floors. Other leading manufacturers include John Guest Speedfit and Hepworth Hep2O, who offer market leading UFH for wet system installations.
As every installation is different, PlumbNation Heating Supplies would like to recommend that if you require further advice on choosing an Under floor Heating System, then you contact the manufacturer direct, who will be able to offer you expert advice. In most cases they will send an engineer to your home to do a free of charge design and estimate, they can even recommend accredited installers. This way you can purchase your UFH Systems from our PlumbNation Heating Supplies collection at a heavily discounted price, then obtain a fixed labour price, meaning you will have made a huge saving on a typical supply and install installation.