Although underfloor heating systems are becoming more and more popular in the UK, many are still left wondering about the benefits of underfloor heating systems. This is why we have compiled the benefits of underfloor heating and why you may want to consider installing a hydronic underfloor heating system in your property or commercial premises.
Benefits of Underfloor Heating – Quick Overview
- Energy efficient – works on lower temperatures so reduces heat cost, no cold spots as covers the entire floor.
- Easy to run – once installed, virtually no maintenance required with correct installation.
- Works well with all floor coverings.
- More space and design freedom as no radiators used.
- Minimum air movement means less dust so fewer dust mites and allergens in the air.
- In wet areas (bath, shower rooms, kitchen etc.) the floors will dry quicker.
Underfloor Heating – An In-Depth Assessment
Different types:- Electric and water based- almost identical apart from the obvious that one uses electric heating cable while the other circulates heated water through the pipes.
Whichever system is used, the heat source is located under the floor and the area to be heated is separated into zones (usually one zone per room) and each zone is heated and controlled independently
How it works:- The water temperature to the underfloor pipes is controlled by mixing water in the pipe with hot water from the boiler to achieve the required temperature, this then goes through the manifold and is distributed to the various zones.
In new builds with solid floors the underfloor heating pipes are normally embedded in a floor screed.
Developments recently with screeds mean that traditional sand/cement screeds are now being replaced with liquid screeds. Flowing screeds are ideal with underfloor heating as the screed flows around the pipes forming a void free finish. No voids mean greater conductivity allowing the heat to diffuse evenly within the screed. The physical properties of the screed allow for a thinner screed covering, therefore there is less material to heat, so the room reaches its desired temperature faster and more efficiently.
Underfloor Heating Works Well With All Floor Coverings
When being installed over floor joists, special attention needs to be paid to the underfloor heating installation. Timber is a good heat insulator and therefore different options can be considered to improve efficiency such as aluminium plates under the floorboards to spread heat.
With all UFH consideration needs to be given to any floor covering as underlay and carpet will act as heat insulators and reduce the heating effect.
Timber flooring needs to have a low moisture content to reduce the risk of the flooring drying out then shrinking, twisting or warping.
When choosing to work with Easyflow to install your underfloor heating system, we offer a complete package for underfloor heating and liquid screed which allows us to support you and your project from your initial enquiry through to the commission of your underfloor heating system. Providing a bespoke design for your project and through choosing Easyflow as the provider of the screed for your underfloor heating system as a complete package, we can offer a 2 year workmanship guarantee. If in the rare chance that any defects occur as a result of our personal installation process then our guarantee means that we will cover all call out charges and labour costs.
Underfloor heating systems in the past were associated with luxurious buildings and complex apartments but are becoming more and more popular in every household. If you are interested in finding out more then contact our underfloor heating specialists today!