Underfloor Heating - What is it?
Underfloor heating uses the very simple notion of heat rising. There are two types of underfloor heating systems: wet and dry. They both do exactly the same, heat your floor along with the room that it's installed in. A wet system pumps warm water all through your pipes underneath your floor. Whereas, a dry system involves placing electric heating elements underneath your floor.
Our Underfloor Heating Service:
Not every installation project is the same. We always advise you to go for the one that is not only cost effective, but the most suitable for your home. Edinburgh floor heating are experienced in both types and we have more than enough experience to advise you on the system that would be best.
We can clearly outline the benefits and disadvantages between either a wet water based underfloor heating system or a dry electric underfloor heating system. We can also take care of designing and installing the system with a suitable finish flooring that will be compatible with your heating system.
Examples of Our Work
Electric underfloor heating systems for wood floor
- ✓ Not suitable for bathroom floor areas
- ✓ Suitable for use with Laminate Flooring
- ✓ Suitable for use with Engineered Wood Flooring
- ✓ Suitable for use with Carpet & Luxury Vinyl Flooring
- ✓ Low build height, only 8mm "inc" Insulation & Heating
- ✓ 130W/m2 system is suitable for internal areas
- ✓ 160W/m2 system is suitable for high heat loss areas
- ✓ Heating controlled using a programmable thermostat
- ✓ All electrical work completed to 17th edition regulations
- ✓ Suitable as a prime heat source for your property
- ✓ Most systems can be installed in just 1 day
The Advantages of Underfloor Heating
Underfloor heating is mostly associated with luxury properties and expensive hotel rooms however nowadays underfloor heating is much more common to find in homes and properties across the country. Underfloor heating is mostly maintenance free and guaranteed for anywhere between 10-50 years depending on which type of floor heating system your looking to use. Systems are easy to control and you can now control the full heating system of your home straight from your smart phone. Your floor area becomes one big radiated heating surface and when installed with suitable insulation your room will heat up quicker and more efficiently than with a standard radiator system. And you can't beat the feeling of a well heated floor in anyone of your rooms on a freezing cold day.
Like all quality fittings, underfloor heating is hidden out of sight, which means you don't see any radiator clutter. Plus, because heat is distributed evenly, it's a more efficient way to heat all your rooms. Radiators only heat up their immediate surrounding areas that gets dispersed upwards very quickly, and moves away from the preferred areas. In contrast, underfloor heating heats up a larger area and maintains the warmth for longer in the areas that you want it to.
A radiator has to work a lot harder so that you can feel any effects, and it means that the water used has to be at a much higher temperature in order to work well. On the other hand, underfloor heating operates at a much lower temperature. It's even possible to install with stone and tiles - making it incredibly desirable for bathrooms.
Nevertheless, there are some disadvantages to underfloor heating that we believe you must think about before you decide to get one fitted.
Electric Underfloor Heating
Electric underfloor heating is reliant on a group of wires connected underneath your floor heaing up. You can opt for heating mats; they're a little bit cheaper and cover larger areas. Or you can choose individual wires that can fit into each little corner.
These wires are generally placed on top of an insulated layer and they fit underneath all kinds of floors, although we advised against placing them underneath very thick carpets.
The wires are quite thin, this compared to water-based systems, but they're more expensive to run, so they are suited to smaller surface areas.
Water Underfloor Heating
In contrast, water-based heating systems are a set of pipes that connect to a boiler that pumps hot water around all your rooms.
Underfloor heating systems circulate heat more consistently, this means they don't need the water temperature to be as high as a radiator does, which means your boiler works more efficiently.
The drawbacks of water based systems are related to the actual installation, and price: they are higher.
The pipes are thicker and heavier compared to wires, hence you need to have sufficient room in your floors to install the, or else the engineer might have to raise your floors slightly. This might be easy to do in a new build, but it's not as straight forward in other types of properties i.e. older houses.
As a consequence, it's not simple to install a water-based system like it is an electric based one, the task should only be done by a skilled person with some assistance.
Underfloor Heating Installation
You can install an electric underfloor heating system by yourself, just make sure that you place your cabling or heating mats above an insulated layer, they heat go into the ground if you don't! We advise people against self-installation to prevent any long term issues because you still need a proper electrician to connect your sensor to a thermostat and attach your new heating system to your electricity supply.
Never try to install a water-based system by yourself! There is a lot of technical work involved which can only be done by an expert.