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Underfloor Heating: A Quick And Simple Guide

Underfloor heating, although perhaps not a necessity, is a popular luxury option when it comes to heating the home. To find out why, and help you decide whether underfloor heating is right for you, take a look at our quick and simple underfloor heating guide.

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Different Types Of Underfloor Heating

There are 2 different types of underfloor heating systems available on the market today; wet systems and dry systems. With different pros and cons, the first decision you need to make about installing underfloor heating in your home is which type of system best suits your requirements, desires, and home.

The Wet System

Wet systems, otherwise known as hot water systems, simply pump warm water from the central heating system through plastic pipes which are laid underneath your final floor surface.

This type of underfloor heating is a great way to minimise water heating costs as it doesn’t require the water to be heated to as a high a temperature needed to for standard radiators.

The Dry System

Also known as the electric or wire system, dry system underfloor heating generally consists of either mesh mats infused with cables, which are great for laying across large spaces, or individual wires are good for reaching those hard to reach awkward spaces, nooks and crannies.

Although this system is cheaper to install initially it can be more expensive to run than a wet system in the long run.

The Advantages Of Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating can eliminate the need for radiators depending on which system you install, freeing up vital wall space and helping the keep the design of a room sleek and streamlined.

  • It is considered modern and high spec, making it a desirable feature for buyers and renters
  • If your walls, doors and windows are well insulated, underfloor heating will provide you with a much more efficient way of heating your home as the heat is distributed  more evenly and creates a more consistent temperature
  • If you’re a competent DIYer it could be something you could install yourself
  • It allows you to enjoy the luxury of warm floors in the cold, harsh, winter months
  • It works well with numerous floor coverings making it great for most rooms
  • It requires virtually no maintenance

The Disadvantages Of Underfloor Heating

  • It takes longer to heat up a room using underfloor heating so if you require immediate heat this can be a problem, however keep in mind it also takes longer for it to cool down.
  • It can be expensive to implement and is often considered a luxurious extra rather than a home essential
  • Underfloor heating is not suitable underneath furniture or fittings meaning it can dictate the layout of a room. This can also be a problem if you decide you want to redecorate and move things around.

Where Can Underfloor Heating Be Used?

Underfloor heating has come a long way since it first entered the market and it is now extremely versatile. It can be used on both the ground floor and upper floors of a building and is compatible with a huge variety of floor covering such as ceramic tiles, flagstones, marble, wood, laminate, and vinyl.

Be sure to ask your suppliers advice on which type of underfloor heating is best suited to your desired, or already existing, floor covering as some may require a certain kind in order to be safe and effective.

Installation, Can I Do It Myself?

Laying both wet and dry system underfloor heating is a task almost anyone with DIY experience can do. However, the final connections needed to complete dry systems should be carried out and approved by a qualified electrician. The same goes for the final connections of a wet system. This should always be carried out by a qualified plumber and any workmen making a connection to your boiler system should be on the gas safe register.

For more information on the gas safe register take a look here: http://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/about/overview.aspx

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