Traditionally an underfloor heating system is something that was often considered a luxury found in the suites of fine hotels. Nowadays, underfloor heating systems are more commonly being installed in bathrooms and kitchens, where an otherwise cold tiled floor can often be found or installed throughout home extensions and new build properties.
Underfloor heating not only adds the create comfort of warmth to a floor but means you can have heating in your rooms without losing wall space to mount unsightly radiators or heaters.
Underfloor Heating Installations
Our central heating engineers have experience and expertise in the installation, repair and maintenance of underfloor heating systems.
There are a variety of different types of systems available to choose from depending on the structure of your home and the type of floors or surfaces you wish to install it in.
Our heating engineers will be able to offer expert advice on the most practical underfloor heating installation for your home. They will work with you to plan the installation, so that you can benefit from both the creature comforts and efficiency of this heating system in your home.
Underfloor Heating Systems Explained
What is an underfloor heating system?
Essentially the basic principle of underfloor heating is that heat rises and that connecting your heating to a system in the floor will provide warmth in your home. There are two types of underfloor heating systems – Wet and Dry.
’Wet’ or Water Underfloor Heating Systems
A wet underfloor heating system it’s a network of pipes connected to the central heating system and powered by your gas boiler, which pumps warm water around the floors of your rooms.
A water based underfloor heating system installation will require the laying of the pipes beneath the surface of the floor and connection to the boiler. This may require raising the floor.
‘Dry’ or Electric Underfloor Heating Systems
A dry underfloor heating system is made up of network of electric wires and coils placed under the floor. These can take the form of heating mats which cover the larger areas and wires which can be used to get into tighter areas.
Electric underfloor heating systems are generally easier to install than water-based ones as they can be installed on top of a layer of insulation to gain the maximum benefit and minimise heat loss. An electric system will of course need to be connected to the electrics and have a sensor connected to the thermostat. These systems can be installed directly under your carpet or floor covering.
What are the advantages of an underfloor heating system?
Comfort under foot and an even distribution of heat
The heating system is hidden away
Removes the need for radiators
Electric systems are easily installed under floor coverings
They work at a lower temperature
An efficient way to heat a room
Great for warming tiled or stone floors
Heat is retained better compared to radiators
Ideal to install in new builds and extensions
Disadvantages of an underfloor heating system
Water system pipes are thicker than electric wires, so you will need to consider the space required in the floor
Retro-fitting a water system will require raising the floor
Underfloor heating takes longer to heat-up a room, so a timer is recommended
You need to consider what fittings/ furniture you are placing on the floor
The Pettifer Plumbing and Heating team will be able to advise you on the best possible underfloor heating system and setup for your home.
Please contact our customer service team for more information, or to arrange a visit by one our expert Gas Safe Registered heating engineers to assess your home for an underfloor heating installation and provide a full quotation.