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Underfloor heating: What do you need?

Posted by Collister & Glover on Jan 18, 2019 2:12:00 PM
Collister & Glover

Are you looking for a way to keep your home warm and cosy without breaking the bank? Underfloor heating is your answer and with so many products available, you can rest assured that there is a system out there that is perfect for your home.
 

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One of the benefits of underfloor heating is that you can set different rooms at different temperatures because it is individually installed in each room. So, which underfloor heating system do you need? Well, firstly, let’s determine what types are available...   

Discover how underfloor heating fits in with your current heating system

 

  • Electric underfloor heating

Electric underfloor heating systems all use a network of wires underneath your floor that heat up and can be used with a number of floor coverings, including; vinyl, wood, and carpet (avoid high tog ones). A benefit of electric underfloor heating is that it doesn’t add on much height to your floor because the wires are thin, all you need is insulation, a power supply and a floor thermostat, making it easy to install. The four electric underfloor
heating systems consist of:

  1. Electric heating mats - these are installed over your floor and can be shaped to fit difficult spaces. They only require a thermostat and power source.
  2. Aluminium foil electric heating mats - usually installed under carpet and vinyl floors and are fully earthed, meaning they can be installed in wet areas such as bathrooms and kitchens - make sure they comply with electrical & building regulations.
  3. Loose electric wire systems - primarily used in smaller areas, this type only needs a thermostat and a power source.
  4. In-screed electric wire systems - this type of system is ideal for new extensions and conservatories. In-screed electric wire systems can be used for small areas and large areas (when bought with the wires embedded in the mat).

 

  • Water underfloor heating

Water underfloor heating systems are a network of pipes that pump hot water around your room(s) and are linked to your existing boiler. A benefit of water-based heating systems distribute heat evenly and use water at a lower heat, making your boiler more efficient.

  1. Solid floor system using flat panels - usually fitted over concrete or screed floors.
  2. Suspended floor system fitting from below - these can be fitted between the joists of a floor, for example where flat wooden boards are nailed onto timber joists.
  3. Floating floor system using panels - these tend to be fitted onto a concrete floor or floors that aren’t nailed down, for example where floorboards are flued or snapped together.
  4. Modular heating system panels - these are ideal in tighter spaces or when the panels are fitted from above or below into a space.

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The key point to remember is that the type of underfloor heating you need depends on the type of floor you have. These are, or are about to be, one of the following:

  • A structural floor such as concrete can be installed easily if you’re modifying your house, building an extension or renovating a building. This requires a solid floor system.
  • A fitted floor – for example, floorboards – requires an overlay system because there is no need to disturb its construction.
  • A floor with joists requires a suspended system because it allows underfloor heating to be installed from below without disturbing its construction.

All of these underfloor heating systems that have been discussed come with a choice of control options, including new Smart Internet Controls. These controls have a number of benefits, including:

  • Can be regulated remotely using smartphone apps
  • Designed to give homeowners precise control when they’re away from home
  • Enables you to set the temperature of any room in your house at any time
  • Conserves energy and cuts heating costs

Find out how underfloor heating can fit in with your current heating system in our blog. 

 

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If you have any questions related to our underfloor service or would like to speak to one of our sales & advice team, you can contact us on 01244 288 000. Alternatively, you can email us at sales@colglo.co.uk.

 

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