Heating your home is obviously essential, and with a global focus on energy conservation, you want a system that is efficient. The arrival of underfloor heating offers the homeowner a cost-effective way to heat the interior, and as hot air rises, floor level heating makes perfect sense. There are basic differences between the traditional piped central heating system that uses wall mounted radiators and an underfloor heating system, which we will examine in more detail.
The Traditional Central Heating System
Pumping hot water around the home is an excellent way to heat your living space and since its introduction in the 1960s, the wet central heating system has become a firm favourite for UK homeowners. The boiler heats up the water and is controlled by a thermostat that trigger the gas or oil burner and pumped around a network of pipes with radiators in every room. In a large house, this can cause cold areas, usually the furthest away from the radiator, which is the heat source, yet it is a very efficient way to heat your home.
The obvious benefit is an even warmth, and coming from the floor ensures that the entire space is at an even temperature. The ideal system is the electric underfloor heating, which can be wet or dry, and is installed under the flooring, providing even heat across the room. A layer of extra insulation can be laid onto the substrate to prevent heat loss and the mesh flooring is simply rolled into place, secured with special tape and connected up. The wet system requires a special plastic tray to be laid, which has special grooves for the water pipes, and if you buy from an online supplier, you can expect to pay trade prices. The systems are easy to install and come with full instructions, and whether you opt for a wet or dry system, you can say goodbye to freezing floors once and for all.
Ideal For Kitchens And Bathrooms
If you are planning a renovation in either the kitchen or bathroom, this is an excellent opportunity to install underfloor heating. It can be installed under solid timber, vinyl, laminate and just about every floor material and with the right insulation, you will find that underfloor heating is a very cost-effective way to provide essential heat. If you would like to know more about the inner workings of underfloor heating, here is an informative article.
The great thing about the Internet is you can learn how to do things, and with YouTube videos, you can watch an expert as he installs the flooring. If you are uncomfortable working with electricity, your local handyman would be more than happy to carry out the work, or failing that, contact a local builder. If you have the necessary tools and equipment, installing underfloor heating is quite straightforward, and if you happen to be changing the floors, this is the perfect time to add the underfloor heating.
Once you have experienced the sheer luxury of walking around barefoot in the winter, you will wonder how you ever managed without underfloor heating.