Under-Floor Heating – You probably thought it wasn’t a necessity until you experienced the comfort of a warm floor on your feet. Under-floor heating is literally an invisible heating system
Electrical under-floor heating is becoming more and more popular in bathroom installation and kitchen installation; in fact you will probably find a model to suit all the floors in your house.
There is an under-floor heating for nearly every situation, there is a model for many types of floor covering including tiles, stone, wood, laminate and now even carpet!!
You may need to use a self leveling compound before you install the under floor heating if the floor is uneven. It is also a good idea to put tile backer board/insulation board down before the under floor heating, this will act as a thermal barrier and prevent the heat escaping which will help the floor to heat up faster which means that you may have lower energy costs.
Don’t be alarmed, under-floor heating is not as expensive to run as you may think, it can be run for a couple of hours each day for literally pennies, obviously it just depends on how big your room is and which model and make you choose.
Under-floor heating is literally an invisible heating system, all you will see is a programmable thermostat and this can be fitted very discreetly. Under-floor heating can be used as the primary heat source, but this of course depends upon the heating output the system will give, you must have good insulation and it has been recommended by building regulations that the whole floor should be covered. Taking all this into consideration you can chuck out your old radiators and re-design you room and have more room for furnishings.
There are two mains types of electrical under floor heating – the Loose Wire System and the Mat System. Loose wire under floor heating is great if you have an unusual shape room, you can simply run the wires into the curves and recesses meaning you will not get any cold spot, the mat system is better if you room is square or rectangular as the heating cable is attached to a mesh mat.
Underfloor heating can also be installed into wetrooms, not only does it feel sumptuous on the feet, but it will also help the wetroom to dry out quickly after showering. You must check the underfloor heating is approved by the manufacturer if you are using a wet room floor former/base such as Aquadec.
Under Floor Heating: Some things to think about...
Make sure the underfloor heating system you choose is right for you; there are specific models for different floor coverings.
If you will be using the under floor heating as the primary heat source, check the heating output will be enough and remember the whole floor will need to be heated.