Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating has quickly become one of the most popular forms of home heating, and it’s easy to see why.

Whatever type of home you live in, Underfloor Heating has quickly become one of the most popular modern radiators on the market today, and with so many benefits, it’s easy to see why. Underfloor heating has become an effective, great value and highly efficient way of heating the home and has led to a wide range of new freedoms in interior design as well as in technological innovation. If you are unsure about investing in underfloor heating, the below points will take you through the ins and outs and benefits of using underfloor heating.

What is underfloor heating?

Underfloor heating uses the basic science behind rising heat and utilises it in the modern homes central heating system. As opposed to a radiator, which is installed on a wall, the underfloor heating system is placed underneath the floor of the designated room and produces efficient heat in a balanced and unobtrusive manner.

There are two types of underfloor heating system, the “wet” system, which uses pipes under the floor to pump hot water to heat up the metallic panels, or a “dry” system, which runs on electricity charged through under the floor coils to heat up the room. Each has its own set of benefits, and it’s up to you to decide which suits your home best.

How to install underfloor heating

Many underfloor heating systems depend on the type of floor you have in your home. Underfloor heating can be installed under hardwood, laminate and vinyl flooring. These floor types are designed to be porous and breathable, and can conduct and radiate heat, coping well with the dramatic changes in temperature. Electric underfloor heating can be installed by the homeowner, the process usually consisting of laying down the electric coils and underfloor mesh which conduct the heat, before reapplying your floors outer layer. The process can be intrusive and take a little time, but the process is also simple to take up yourself.

Wet systems are a little more complicated and require you to reconfigure the underfloor central heating piping in your home. This means that you’ll probably have to hire an expert plumber to do it for you, costing a little more time and money but also ensuring that you have a properly installed system to work with.

Benefits of underfloor heating

Whilst underfloor heating could seem like a luxury item for those who can afford it, the reality is that many systems are now available at great value prices. Below are just some of the benefits which installing underfloor heating can bring to your home.

Takes up less space

Whether dry or wet, the underfloor heating system is a great way to ensure that any space starved room in your home isn’t cluttered with another appliance. Whether in your bathroom or your kitchen, underfloor heating can free up more room and make the home feel spacious.

Very efficient

As mentioned above, the underfloor heating system is made with heat radiation in mind. As heat rises, it makes sense that to maximise your output, you install the heating system as low as possible, thus losing little of its potency.

An extra layer of comfort

Underfloor heating is not only efficient but adds an extra layer of luxury to the home. With its warm floors, you’ll feel revitalised and relaxed whenever you step into the underfloor heated room. Say goodbye to the sharp shock of barefoot kitchen chills, and say hello to relaxing radiant warmth.