Our Essential Guide to Warming Up your Home
As it is starting to get colders, nothing will beat the luxury of a warm floor first thing in the morning! Underfloor heating (UFH) is energy efficient, convenient, frees up wall space and can add value to your home. Worried about the installation? You don't need to, the process is a lot easier than you might think.
Why choose underfloor heating?
If you ask anyone who has underfloor heating in their home they will say that they'd be lost without it! With underfloor heating there is no need for radiators, freeing up valuable wall space in your home. With more space you will be able to install extra kitchen units storage, sofa or even a doorway.
Underfloor heating is also very cost-effective, helping you cut your fuel bills. Unlike radiators or fires, it will distribute heat evenly and gently for the best comfort levels. With underfloor heating there will be no cold spots in your home, this is because most of the heat is concentrated to the lower part of the room, meaning little heat is wasted.
Thinking of renovating your kitchen? Well, now is the best time to choose underfloor heating! Underfloor heating runs off an independent thermostat, if you are cooking and your cooker starts to generate a lot of heat then you can turn the heating off in the kitchen but keep it on in the rest of the house.
Water based/wet underfloor heating system
Wet systems are made up from pipes that would normally be connected to your boiler and use warm water from your central heating system. A condensing boiler will offer the best savings on running costs but any boiler can be used for underfloor heating, only if it has sufficient capacity.
The water will be pumped through plastic pipes that are laid on a subfloor before the final surface is installed. Most plastic water pipes that are installed in today's systems are continuous, so there will be no leaks.
Underfloor heating is expensive and disruptive to install, but in the long run it will be the most cost effective solution. UFH reduces water-heating costs as it uses water at a lower temperature compared to radiators.