Underfloor heating systems provide safe, efficient, evenly distributed warmth for your household along with reducing your utility bills. There are currently two types of underfloor heating systems, either electric or hydronic which offer an alternative for radiators and central heating systems.
The heat rises from the floor avoiding hot and cold spots that are inevitable with radiators. Thermostats are placed in rooms around the house so each room can be controlled at different temperatures if required.
Electric Underfloor Heating
Electric underfloor heating which is also known as a dry system consists of a series of electric wires installed beneath or within the flooring.
The underfloor heating system will be connected up to your electric mains supply and a sensor which is connected to the thermostat which allows you to control the temperature.
Electric underfloor heating is mainly been used in houses which are already built as it has the benefit of being able to be placed on top of the floors, like a bathroom which can then be tiled.
Hydronic Underfloor Heating
The hydronic underfloor heating system or the wet system consists of pipes placed beneath the floor. Water is heated by either gas, oil or a heat pump and transported around the system through the pipes. The pipes will be placed evenly throughout each room heating the concrete which will in turn act as a big underfloor radiator.
Advantages of Underfloor Heating
- When designing your house you do not have to arrange your room around the position of radiators. The whole house can be set at an even temperature.
- Reduces energy consumption by heating the space from the bottom up.
- Avoid the hot and cold spots created by radiators.