The Future of Energy Saving Heating
As 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.
The Benefits of Underfloor Heating
- Energy efficient – lower operational temperatures + floor insulation = lower energy bills. Water-based underfloor heating systems run at lower temperatures than traditional radiator systems.
- Easy to run – once installed, virtually no maintenance required with correct installation.
- Works well with all floor coverings.
- Comfortable heat – underfloor heating radiates heat up the living space whereas radiators use convection heating to push hot air to heat a room.
- Minimum air movement means less dust so fewer dust mites and allergens in the air.
- More space and design freedom as no radiators used.
Water Underfloor Heating Vs Electric
Different types:- Electric and water based (hydronic) – Electric underfloor heating uses electric heating cable under the floor while water based systems circulate heated water through pipework beneath the floor. Electric underfloor heating is most commonly used in small areas like wet bathrooms as it is more expensive to run than water underfloor heating.
Whichever system is used, the cables/pipes are installed to a design that is created based on heat loss calculations 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 a manifold which mixes water in the pipes with hot water from the boiler or heat pump to achieve the required temperature for each circuit. Each zone is controlled by a thermostat which can be set to user preference.
In new builds with solid floors the underfloor heating pipes are normally embedded in a floor screed.
Combine with Floor Insulation & Liquid 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 for Wooden Flooring, Carpet & Tiles
The performance of underfloor heating systems is not impeded by most modern floor finishes. Tiles and bonded floor finishes such as luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) are an excellent option when working with underfloor heated floors as they are a great conductor of the heat, the only consideration should be when choosing a flexible adhesive.
Care should be taken when choosing underlay and carpets as some carpets above 2.5 togs can act as heat insulators and reduce the heating effect.
Engineered wooden flooring and other floated floor finishes can be installed quickly after underfloor heating has been laid and work well with underfloor heating.
Real wood flooring should be avoided as it has a natural moisture content which must be maintained to avoid splitting.
Why Choose Easyflow?
When choosing to work with Easyflow to install your underfloor heating system, we offer a complete, hassle-free 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!