Underfloor heating is a great way to heat your home, especially if you want to save space as it can remove the need for bulky radiators.
If you still have a few questions about underfloor heating, then you have come to the right place. We are here to help with everything you need to kick start your underfloor heating project from the types available to benefits and even a list of items you’ll need, we are here with you every step of the way.
So where should we start? Let’s kick things off with the top 5 benefits of underfloor heating.
- Low running costs
- Create additional space (NO radiators)
- Easy controllable zones/rooms – using an underfloor heating thermostat
- Low maintenance costs
- Works with all floor coverings
How does underfloor heating work?
Knowing how each system works and where they are best suited will help you decide which underfloor heating type is best suited to your project.
There are two types of underfloor heating systems, electric underfloor heating and water based underfloor heating. Water based underfloor heating is powered by distributing warm water through a circuit of pipes beneath your flooring. An electric system is powered by electric heating wires or heating mats connected to the main electricity supply.
If you’re thinking of installing underfloor heating within an existing project (i.e. retro fit) within 1 / 2 rooms, we would recommend an electric based system for project sizes under 30/40m2.
If your project is over 30/40m2, we would recommend installing a water based UFH system. This is because of the running cost over a long-term period. If your project is for a new build, we would recommend a water-based system if possible.
How much does underfloor heating cost, is it cost effective?
With every home improvement project, cost is an important factor to consider.
Underfloor Heating is very cost effective. A lot of people are put off underfloor heating because of installation prices/costs. However, the running cost of underfloor heating is often much lower to run than a radiator system.
If we have answered all your questions and you’re ready to start your underfloor heating project, then let’s discuss installation.
Underfloor heating is very easy to install. When following instructions guides, it can be completed/installed by a homeowner if they want to. We would just HIGHLY recommend that the main connections/testing (i.e. electrical/water connections) are completed by a qualified professional.
So, you’re all ready to go, you’ve read the guides and you’ve contacted a professional about the electrical or water connection.
Let’s start shopping
There are a few questions you may need to consider when purchasing your underfloor heating system. We have listed them below to help you be prepared when the time comes to purchasing.
If you’re thinking about a water system, then these questions may affect what items are most suited.
- Will this system be running from a boiler or heat pump?
- How will this system be installed (within a new concrete screed/between joist/over the top of an existing subfloor)?
- What will the floor finish (i.e. Tiles/Laminate/Vinyl) be within each room?
- What is the size of each zone/room this system will be installed within (i.e. 38m2)?
- From each zone/room this system will be installed within, what is the distance to the manifold location?
If you’re thinking about an electric system, then these are the questions you may need to answer.
- What is the subfloor (concrete/timber) this system will be installed within?
- What is the floor finish (i.e. Tiles/Laminate/Vinyl/Carpet) that will be installed over the top of the underfloor heating system?
- What is the available heating space (excluding any fixed fittings) within this project?
You can purchase your underfloor heating system parts at Direct Heating Supplies. We also have packs available that include all the following: electric mat, digital clock, thermostat, control card, floor sensor, sensor tube, multimeter and installation manual, a convenient way to purchase everything you need for your upcoming underfloor heating project.
If you would like us to get our supplier to provide you with a full quote please use our contact us form including your answers and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.