In the cold winter season, when you are shivering, just home from an icy blast outside and desperate to get warm despite the rainy grey sky covering all available sunlight. There is one way to stay warm without pushing your heating bill to its full capacity. Under floor heating is a great for removing the clutter of huge radiators taking up living space, and you can have it installed throughout the home offering a clean decorative finish. It’s thought to be a more efficient way of heating the room because of the way the heat is distributed (this only works well if the windows and walls are insulated).
The way under floor heating works is by pumping heat around a heat exchanger in the floor for it to be released over a period of time; it works in conjunction with the home thermostat and will only provide heat when the room temperate drops below a set level. It’s important to remember that it can take a while to heat up the room, especially if you are used to traditional heating system.
There are two types of under floor heating which are Hot Water Systems or Electric Mat Systems:
Hot Water System
This basically uses warm water from the central heating system, the water is pumped through plastic pipes laid out on the sub floor before the final surface is installed. This type of system reduces water heating costs as it uses water at a lower temperature than traditional radiators.
Electric Mat System
These are generally cheaper to install and cause less disruption to existing floor boards, however they are more expensive to run than Hot Water Systems. The Electric Mat System features cables that are attached to open-weave mesh mats that are spread out onto the floor, connected together, and then linked up to the thermostat’s main power supply.
Here are some additional benefits to installing under floor heating:
- It can provide warm cosy tile or stone flooring (perfect when in the bathroom or kitchen).
- It can replace bulky radiators in a room which frees up wall and floor space.
- It’s able to cover a vast range of different flooring types with lots of flexible options.
- There is no cold spot or windy drafts in the room, as the heat is evenly distributed.
- The under floor covering is hidden when it is installed so there are no wires or electrical sockets.
The best time for installation is in the summer so start thinking about it before the season changes.