Underfloor heating can help keep floors and rooms warm. It can sit beneath pretty much any type of floor, including stone, tile, wood and carpet. The most cost effective to install is electric underfloor heating,
In an electric underfloor heating system, a series of electric wires or electric heating sheets are installed beneath or within your flooring. These are used to heat an area or a room, such as a cold, tiled bathroom floor. They’re usually placed on top of a layer of screed (to ensure the surface is completely flat) and a layer of floor insulation (to ensure the heat travels upwards rather than down).
To install electric underfloor heating most people choose to employ a professional company or trader. Professionals are best placed to recommend what system to install and how to prepare the floor. If you are a confident DIYer, you could feasibly install the electric heating sheets or cables yourself – but you’ll need a qualified electrician to connect your system to your electric mains supply and fit a sensor that connects to the thermostat.
The pros for underfloor heating is a modern and high-spec feature that allows you to enjoy the luxury of warm floors during cold winter mornings. It can be an efficient way of heating a room as the heat rises slowly around the whole room, while radiators heat a more isolated area.
There are some cons for underfloor heating too. It can take longer to heat up than radiators, which work quickly to high temperatures. In some cases, such as with smaller systems, they won’t be able to totally supplement radiators. An underfloor heating system can be pricey to install maintain and run.
How much you pay for underfloor heating varies dramatically, depending on what type of underfloor heating you get, whether it will be installed in a new room or retrofitted to an existing room, and what your floor structure is like.
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