Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Underfloor Heating

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Can underfloor heating replace radiators?

Underfloor heating is one of our most popular heating methods. It’s perfect for bathrooms and kitchens, although it can be used anywhere in the house. Depending on heat loss in your property, it is feasible to replace radiators completely with underfloor heating.

Is underfloor heating expensive to run?

Underfloor heating systems are a great way to warm a room. It provides a more even heat than a standard radiator. This means they are more efficient and can cost a lot less to run than traditional heating methods.

 

Will underfloor heating be warm enough?

As underfloor heating has to heat the entire floor of a room first, it can take longer than radiators to fully warm up. However, underfloor heating keeps a room really warm with the added benefit of using less energy to do so. As a result you have a nice warmth throughout and lower heating bill.

 

What type of flooring is best for underfloor heating?

Underfloor heating works well with a wide range of floor coverings.

The best finishes are hard surfaces, such as stone or ceramic tiles, which are the most thermally conductive floor finish. It allows for a better transfer of heat from the underfloor heating to the surface of the floor quickly and with little resistance.

However, underfloor heating also works well with wood and laminate flooring, carpets and rugs, vinyl and linoleum, and polished screed and synthetic resins.

 

How much does it cost to retrofit underfloor heating?

This is a question that we are asked a lot, but is one that needs more research. There are so many deciding factors when you want to retrofit underfloor heating, including the size of the room. The biggest cost, however, will be the building work that is needed to carry out the installation.

Quite often, the best way to retrofit underfloor heating is if you are having other work done at the same time, such as damp proofing or insulation.

 

How do I control my heating once it’s installed?

The control method will be specified and designed around your needs and the requirements for the property.

The best practice is to have each room/zone controlled by its own room thermostat. This allows complete control of the property and is advised due to different room temperatures and varying floor coverings.

Controls can be as simple as dial thermostats, or utilising more new smart technology. Your needs can be discussed at design stage.

 

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