Benefits of Underfloor Heating

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You might have heard of how Roman civilisation used to heat their homes via underfloor heating and think of it as a rather ancient method to do so – but in fact that is no longer the case. In reality, underfloor heating can be more effective and efficient than twentieth-century cylinders, hot water tanks and radiator distribution; and thanks to recent technology, more and more UK property owners are reverting to the old-fashioned way of doing things and having underfloor heating installed in their homes.

How does Underfloor Heating Work?

Standard under floor heating technology functions via the application of water-filled copper piping and/or flat, heat-conducting electric cables that are placed directly underneath the floorboards, in the crawl space of a property. These pipes and wires are then hooked up to the boiler and the water mains via internal pipe-work, and programmed via a remote thermostat control before being ready to use. Once the heating is turned on, the pipes or cables should located in the sub-floor should fill with heat (although pipe-work below ground will usually heat water to a little less than ordinary radiator units; to around 40-50 degrees Celsius compared to the usual 60+), and that heat should then permeate upwards through the floorboards and throughout the room in question.

There are two main types of under floor heating: electric, or water-fed. The former involves the simple application of 8mm, easy to power, fully integrated cables within the crawl space; while the water-fed system involves installing new pipe work at a bit of a lower depth. Neither method is really more effective than the other; it just all depends what works best with your existing heating system.

Benefits of Under Floor Heating

Whichever method of Underfloor heating you choose there are nevertheless numerous advantages to having this sort of heating technology installed in your home, including the fact that under floor heating…

  • Offers comprehensive surface coverage and an even distribution of heat in any room it is installed beneath.
  • Creates a warm and comfortable atmosphere, allowing you to sit back, relax and enjoy any room in your home without it getting stuffy and overheated.
  • Works with any kind of flooring surface, from vinyl and laminate to regular carpeted floors.
  • Is particularly energy-efficient, allowing you to only use the heating that you need and helping you do your bit for the environment.
  • Saves you money on your energy bills, as its high energy-efficiency means that you won’t have to turn up the thermostat every time it gets a little bit chilly.
  • Requires little to no maintenance over a prolonged period of time; in fact, nothing more than an annual check-up is usually needed (unless you find something wrong with the actual heating components themselves).
  • Removes the need for unsightly radiator units and helps to free up the space you have in a room, giving you additional room to decorate as you please.
  • Can be combined with any kind of existing heating system, from a hot water cylinder to a combi-boiler to an outdoor heat pump.
  • Can be installed by a professional plumbing contractor in a relatively short amount of time – just a couple of days, in fact, and your new heating system will be fully functional and ready to use!