The basics of Underfloor Heating have been with us since Roman times. Technology has, of course, moved on, and today it offers us a continual and efficient heating system.
Electric Underfloor Heating was once very popular; making use of cheap night-time electricity. This was based on a network of electric cables installed in the floor. The temperature, however, was not controlled easily, leading to hot floors in the morning and cold floors in the evening.
'Wet' distribution systems are now the most widely used form of underfloor heating, and are, at their most basic interpretation, large radiators which are easy to control and transfer heat to the entire floor space. This creates a warm and comfortable living space, free of radiators and undesirable pipework. Underfloor heating is a solution capable of heating the whole house and can be installed in any room.
How does Underfloor heating work?
Under-floor heating works by gently warming water as it circulates through pipes installed in the floor during construction. Heat Pumps warm the water, and the temperature is controlled via a thermostatic dial. When the temperature is turned up, more heat is passed through a manifold where it circulates before passing once again through the pipes.
Solid and Timber Floors
New-build properties will often have pre-installed a floor heating screed system, comprising rigid board insulation placed on top of solid floors (ie. ground-bearing slab, block and beam, suspended concrete or timber). The system of piping is then attached and laid out. A floor screed is then applied which completely envelopes the heating system. Heat is conducted from the warm pipes, through the screed and up to the underside of the flooring finish.