Underfloor heating is the very best way of heating a room. It provides a “quality” of heat that is difficult to explain until it has been experienced. Most customers who have underfloor heating would not entertain the idea of going back to radiators.
Technically, Underfloor heating is better than radiators for several reasons:
- Heat rises so it makes sense to heat from below.
- An even heat from the entire floor minimises drafts and helps reduce dust in the air.
- The room temperature can be maintained up to about 2 degrees lower – but critically, it feels the same. This results in reduced energy bills.
- You don’t lose any wall space to bulky radiators making room layouts much more flexible.
Types of Underfloor Heating
There are 3 broad types of Underfloor heating available.
The first is direct electric. This system uses a grid of insulated electric wires under a floor or embedded in the floor. They work effectively from a heating point of view but H2-ecO will not install these as they use a 1 to 1 conversion of electricity to heat and as such are not very environmentally friendly and can be expensive to run. They may be the best option though for, say, a single small bathroom project.
The second is an in-screed or in-slab wet-piped system. This system distributes the heat from a heat pump or other heat source through pipes embedded into the floor structure. It provides a very good and even distribution of heat. It is the preferred solution for new-builds or extensive renovation projects where the entire floor will be created from scratch. It is rarely suitable for retrofit projects due to the requirement to install insulation below and a minimum screed thickness that cannot normally be applied over existing floor coverings.
The third is an overlay wet-piped system. A thin sheet or slab is laid over the existing subfloor, holding and covering a reduced-diameter pipe system. Using thinner pipes than for an in-screed system means that this underfloor heating can be installed over existing floors with an increase in height of as little as 18mm.
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