A warm water underfloor heating system uses water from your boiler or other renewable energy sources to generate heat via your floor, alternative methods of underfloor heating often use electric mats. Water underfloor heating systems are very versatile and we have systems that are designed to work with all sorts of floor constructions and coverings from joists and carpets right the way through to screed and tiles. We have DIY kits available in our online store for each type. Underfloor heating is both more efficient and effective than a conventional radiator based system as it uses radiant heat instead of convection heating, not only that but it also frees up a lot of space by removing radiators.

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Underfloor heating systems work by controlling the flow of hot water underneath the surface of your floor. The temperature is controlled by a thermostat, and underfloor heating systems work great with smart thermostats too. Your underfloor heating system can be split into zones, each of which can be controlled with ease allowing you to reduce your energy bills with ease.

Underfloor Heating, What you need to know

The first thing you will need to do is to check whether underfloor heating is suitable for your home. A lot of underfloor heating systems are designed around newer floor construction methods, however, we do stock a great range of retrofit kits that are designed to work with older constructions, these often require a small amount of floor build up though, so check this is possible. Secondly, you will want to check your floor covering, underfloor heating works with most options, however, if you are using carpet you will need to check that it is not too thick for the heat to be able to rise through. If you have any questions on this you can call us on 0800 232 1501When it comes to installation, the first thing you will need to do is to prepare the flooring, this may mean lifting up tiles or floorboards to make room for the pipework. This can be difficult in heavily fitted rooms such as kitchens or bathrooms. If you are considering building a house it is both easier and cheaper for you to install the system as part of the construction process. However, underfloor heating systems are easy to install in almost all homes regardless of age or floor type.

 

Is underfloor heating right for you?

At first, underfloor heating systems can seem expensive for the following reasons

  1. Unless you use one of our DIY kits they can require a professional to install.
  2. In order to accommodate the heating system, the floor may need to be raised along with any units fitted in the room.
  3. Price depends on how many rooms you wish to convert to underfloor heating, the number of floors and the location of the boiler etc.

However, once the work is completed the benefits far outweigh any extra costs incurred, a water underfloor heating system will…

These underfloor heating benefits outweigh the costs.

  1. Lower your utilities bill for the lifetime of the system
  2. Provide you with an efficient and warmer home
  3. Free up space previously taken up by bulky radiators.

Stepping out of the bath or out of bed in the morning and landing on a warm surface is a feeling you’ll never get tired of!

Installing a water underfloor heating system may feel like a big undertaking but it’s a decision that will reap many rewards in the long term, including adding value to your house. If this is something you’d like to find out, call a professional and find out whether your home is suitable for this type of heating.

 

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