Underfloor heating (DOC) by TerraTherma


									             Underfloor heating: Warm Up Uour Feet and Your Home

Underfloor heating is one of the most talked about innovations in heating systems in the UK
today. This is primarily due to the fact that it is becoming more popular because of it’s ease to
install, and is an energy efficient way of heating your home. Underfloor heating is becoming
more affordable compared to the older heating systems. One thing, however, is certain,
underfloor heating is very comfortable and has environmental benefits which have created a
growing demand in the UK. With that, here is the following an ‘all you need to know' guide on
the most talked about underfloor heating system.

In most homes in the UK, underfloor heating is a familiar fixtures. Some underfloor heating
systems are easy to install, whilst others will require a professional skill. Underfloor heating
seems to be easy to do put in. yet it looks somehow complicated. With those pipes converging
on a manifold covered in actuators, cables, valves, pump and thermostatic controls, it is really
frightening, yet somehow it is quite simple.

There are basically 2 types of underfloor heating: Water-based and electricity-based. Electric
underfloor heating uses a series of wires under your floor to heat your home using electricity
while water-based underfloor heating uses pipes that circulate warm water, supplied by your
boiler, under the floor to heat your home.

Electricity is the most common source of power in households. The electric cables are located
under the flooring and the floor heats quickly. An Electric System is more economical and
efficient than wet systems. The electric cables are installed onto an insulation board and
covered directly on your floor covering. A thermostat is used to control the temperature of the
room. It can be used with various types of floor coverings such as stone, wood, tile, laminate
and vinyl as well as can be installed on different types of floors, like wooden or concrete.

On the other hand, with water-based underfloor heating, it needs enough space for the pipes to
fit. Water-based installation of the underfloor heating requires a professional, such as a heating
engineer. Most importantly, the boiler needs to be tested to see if it can support the water-
based system.

So when you’re ready to get or have the underfloor heating system, you will not have to worry
because it comes along with complete installation guidance, though it is still advised to have a
good electrician to do it.

Nearly everywhere in the home now, you can use underfloor heating systems. So, if you’re
planning a brand new house, an underfloor heating system is recommended for you to heat the
areas. That would mean- underfloor heating: Warm up your feet and your home.

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