How Underfloor Heating Works

If you’ve been looking into installing underfloor heating, having heard of all the fantastic benefits it can do for the warmth of your home, then you’ve no doubt already started considering how Underfloor heating works?  The answer is that it’s fairly simple – while on the face of it underfloor heating can be new territory to anyone used to a simple boiler and radiator system, but it is in actuality very easy to install and understand once you’ve been pointed in the right direction.

Will Underfloor Heating Work with my Current Heating System?

The good news is that underfloor heating can work with any heating system that exists within your home, regardless of age – meaning that it’s extremely versatile.  Warm water is pumped through from either your heat source e.g. Boiler and is forwarded to a central manifold.  The manifold’s job is to mix both the warm water being pumped to it and cooler return water from the floor heating, making sure that the temperature stays relatively level between 30 and 65 degrees.

This mix of water is then pumped throughout the lengths of pipe beneath the floor, allowing the area to become continuously warm for as long as you have your thermostat switched on.  This allows the system to simply work like that of a large low temperature storage radiator.  Depending on the size and shape of the room in question, you can have multiple loops of pipe beneath your floor, though this will be an option available to you once you are clear on your dimensions!

How Underfloor Heating Works - Convection Heating vs Radiant Heating

From there, the floor will be able to absorb the warmth from the piping beneath, allowing your tiles, carpet or wooden overlay to grow warm steadily and within the parameters you set via your individual thermostat.  The whole system becomes a large storage radiator and it is therefore able to be used at a relatively low temperature – meaning that unlike many basic radiators that need to be scorching hot to fill a room with warmth, the benefits of allowing the warmth to flow up through the floor means that you won’t normally need to set your starting temperature particularly high to feel the benefits.

What should be worth noting is that depending on whether you wish to use a ‘wet’ (water based) or ‘dry’ (electricity based) underfloor heating supply, you must always consult the services of a trained plumber or electrician when connecting to a central boiler or electrical supply and using your service.  While the underfloor heating we provide is very easy to install and understand, we must always stress the importance of arranging for the relevant professionals to aid you if you are undertake any maintenance relating to these essential supplies within your home.

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