If you are looking for an energy efficient way to heat your home, there are many possibilities. Central heating is good as well as an oil heating system. One of the most efficient ways, however, is an underfloor heating system.
It might sound complicated to install, and of course, if you are not sure, there a many ways to find a tradesmen which are more than happy to help you. They can advise on the best options for your house as well as offer advice on which best suits your housing needs.
Choosing your system
Underfloor heating usually has two systems that both work extremely well. One system is electric which is called a ‘dry’ system. It uses heated cables that run around under the floor to conduct heat. It is a relatively simple system to install, although it might not be as efficient as the other option.
A ‘wet’ system, uses small pipes instead of heated wires. The pipes send warm water under the floor from a boiler. Boilers are highly efficient so that it can be the better choice. However, it can be more complicated to install so check out sites such as realhomesmagazine.co.uk which can offer advice as well as the pros and cons of each type.
Clean the floor properly
Before you consider laying any pipes, you must make sure that the floor is clean and free from debris. Although the tubes are tough, you do not want any punctures from stones or other objects.
If the floor is uneven, you ought to consider leveling it first so that the heat is distributed evenly. It may just need a light skim if it is concrete or securing the boards if it is a wood floor.
Attaching the heating components
You need to consider where the electricity or water will enter the room before you start work. If your house is a new build, this is easier as you can integrate into the system before it is finished. On older homes, you need to locate the nearest power wire or accessible place for pipework.
It is important that you get a qualified electrician to connect the terminal to the mains electricity so that it is compliant with the regulations.
Choose your flooring
Once you have installed the underfloor heating, you need to consider what type of flooring you are laying on top. It is important as some types of flooring have a maximum temperature. Flooring such as vinyl, carpet, and wood, can only cope with temperatures up to 27 degrees Celsius.
Tile is the best type to use for underfloor heating as it deals better with higher temperatures. It also conducts the heat from the pipes in a more efficient way, although you might want to use a flexible tile adhesive.
Once your system is fitted remember to test it before laying the flooring as mistakes or problems with the pipework are harder to fix after the floor is laid. Once it is complete, you will always have toasty warm feet.