Underfloor Heating Systems
Whether you are building a new home or renovating the existing one, a warm floor makes the home feel more inviting. Suitable for installing under any floor, underfloor heating systems provide noise-free, energy-efficient warmth at temperatures chosen by you for amazing winter comfort.
Placing heating under the floor is a smart way to achieve warmth in any room as this system does away with the need for placing radiators which otherwise spoil the lines of the room. The previous mode of using radiators also used up more space- now the walls are free from any kind of mount, leaving only a warm floor to walk on. The type of heat generated by underfloor heating systems is more soothing. Radiators, stoves and fuel fires spread heat in form of currents which create areas of uneven heat and cold in the room. With a heating system covering the entire floor area, heat is emitted in gentler a fashion, leaving no cold spots. Also, with the heat concentrated at the lower part of the room, there is no wastage of energy.
There are two main categories of floor heating - wet or hot water systems, and wire or electric mat systems. In the wet system, a central heating system provides warm water that is pumped through pipes laid onto a sub floor, which lays one level below the final floor. With less heating costs involved, these wet systems are efficient means to achieve cozy heat. This form of floor heating can be installed under a variety of floor types - carpeted, vinyl, ceramic, stone, terracotta, timber and laminates.
Electrical systems feature cables attached to mesh mats or embedded in rolls. These mats or rolls are spread out on floor, connected together and connected to a thermostat and main power supply. This system is good for installation under existing hard floors or under rugs.
When installing an underfloor heat system, there are a few things to take note of:
- Make sure your home is adequately insulated to enjoy the energy and cost benefits of this heating system.
- Installation requires proper planning. If a wet system is being placed in an existing room, then you will need to ensure that there is adequate boiler capacity available.
- You also need to give thought to the temperature desired, ceiling height, chances of heat loss, and the kind of flooring required.
- When installing wet systems, you will need to allocate space in your home where all the controls can be kept. Each room has its own valve, but you can have all valves located in one place along with individual timer controls.
With efficient heating under your room's floor, enjoy this chilly season in the warmth and comfort of your beautiful home.