Water Underfloor Heating and How it Works

Water underfloor heating, like it says in the name, is underfloor heating using water rather than electricity, which is the more common heating method. Sitting underneath your floor, be that carpet, tile or any material, this heating system provides you with an alternative to a clunky radiator on your wall. Underfloor heating is more efficient and effective than a traditional radiator as it warms the whole room evenly, rather than just a segment, so you can heat the whole house using a lower temperature. Also when heat’s rising from the floor, you’ll never have the problem of cold feet again.

Young woman and little girl drawing together when water underfloor heating has been installed

This heating system works by using a series of pipes underneath your floor that allows warm water to flow throughout the house generating radiant heat. This is usually connected to your boiler but also works with renewable technologies. The room temperature is then controlled by a thermostat which you can adjust as you please. Heating your home in this way can be an ideal solution and worthwhile investment but here’s what you need to know before jumping into hot water.

Your Home and Water Underfloor Heating

Modern water underfloor heating is typically designed to suit the structure of newer constructions, so the first thing you’ll need to do is get an assessment to decide whether this will be suitable for your home. Next you’ll need to have a look at your floor. While this heating system can work under most materials, if your house is carpeted you’ll need to check the thickness to ensure that the hot air generated by the underfloor heating will be able to rise through and into the room.

Whatever type of floor you have, it will need to be prepared in advance of the system being fitted in order to make it work most effectively. This could include lifting the floor to make enough room for the necessary piping, which can be problematic in heavily fitted rooms such as kitchens or bathrooms. If you’re considering building a house, it is cheaper and easier to decide to install a water heating system prior to construction. Of course you can have this heating system fitted in a home you’ve just had built or even lived in for years but it can be more expensive and cause more disruption while the system is being put in. Whatever stage your house is in, having this type of underfloor heating installed will ultimately benefit your home, keeping it warmer overall and your utilities bills down.

Water Underfloor Heating System Costs and Rewards

Water underfloor heating can be expensive to install for several reasons:

1) It needs to be installed professionally – this complex system is not one to try DIY
2) Further construction of your house could be required – in order to make your home suitable for the system your floor may need to be elevated and fitted appliances may need to pulled out and refitted
3) Price is determined by factors such as number of rooms, number of floors, the location of your boiler etc

Every home is different so it’s difficult to determine a base price for this type of work. However, once the price has been paid, you’ll find that the rewards far outweigh the work. Soon, the cost and disruption will be a distant memory.

A house with underfloor heating using water gives you:

1) Lower utilities bill
2) A more efficient and warmer house
3) More wall space as radiators become a memory from the past, making your home feel more spacious.

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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