Underfloor heating is gaining in popularity in the UK. Not only does it provide fantastic heat in a property, it is also easy to fit, operate and maintain. Find out more with this ‘How to’ guide.
Underfloor heating can save you money, without compromising on a warm home. But to get the best from your system, understanding the best way of installing and operating it is essential.
There are many complete kits that as you would expect, come with everything you need to fit the underfloor heating system, including specialist tools.
A wet single zone underfloor heating kit can be quickly and easily fitted, although you will need a qualified Gas safe registered engineer to connect the system toy our combi-boiler. You will also need an electrician to fit the thermostat. Both jobs, however, take only a few minutes and won’t leave you with a big bill.
In terms of fitting your system, here are a few tips for quick, trouble-free installations;
Preparation is key
When you have reached the sub-floor, the floor on which the pipes will be laid, it needs to be clean, dust-free and free from debris that could potentially cause problems such as punctured pipes. It needs to be as level as possible too.
Underfloor heating runs at a much lower temperature than a central heating system but, because it heats the entire floor area, is more efficient at heating a space, from a single room to several zones or areas.
This is why a layer of floor insulation is a must. It prevents the loss of heat to the ground beneath. Some kits come with pre-routed insulation boards into which the pipes are fitted. Or, you can create your own system clipping piping to the layer of floor insulation you have laid.
The floor is heated by hot water running through a series of plastic pipes, lopped around the floor area.
Starting from the manifold, the piping is laid stretching away and then returning. Although it sounds simple – and it is! – there are a few things to remember;
Underfloor heating is easily operated and requires very little maintenance once up and running. This is because there are very few moving parts in the underfloor heating system.
If you are using a combi-boiler with the system, clearly it makes sense to have the boiler serviced annually to promote continued efficiency.
To operate the underfloor heating, you need to understand how it works;
Underfloor heating, alongside insulation measures, can reduce the amount you spent on heating your home by a whopping 25%. And with energy prices set to rise yet again, can afford to ignore the benefits and savings of underfloor heating any longer?
Underfloor Heating Trade Supplies have a growing range of kits, as well as fixings and components for creating the perfect underfloor heating system.