Floor heating is touted as the best alternative heating solution to the use of radiators. In many respects, they serve the purpose of heating rooms just as well as the radiator solution. However, due to their design and placement, underfloor heating systems accord users better space utility. Radiators, on the other hand, are bulky and occupy huge spaces within the rooms they are installed.
Therefore, more homeowners are opting for underfloor heating solutions to keep their homes warm and comfortable during the cold nights and months. Herein we will look at some of the critical aspects that we need to understand when it comes to underfloor heating solutions.
Types Of Underfloor Heaters
Typically, there are two types of systems to choose from the dry system/electric system and the wet system/water heating system.
#1. The Electric System The electric system typically contains a series of electric sheets and connecting wires. The combination of wire and heating sheets are installed in the flooring material or just below. There is a variety of electric heating systems for various types of floors. Additionally, the installation process of a heating system is dependent on the floor in question, with a particular interest in the insulation, the flooring system used and the area that needs to be covered. One aspect that makes the electric option stand out is its flexibility and ability to fit in tight spaces.
#2. The Water system This system entails a series of pipes running under the floor. The pipes are connected to the boiler or a solar water heating system and circulate warm water under the floor. Thus, by circulating warm water in the pipe connections, the house is heating from below. This system has gained popular use in bathrooms, kitchens, and living rooms owing to it being more energy efficient than radiators.
The Pros And Cons Of This System
Since the heating system is installed across a large area, the heating experience is efficient. Radiators heat up a concentrated area in the room, making it a tad inefficient.
Another benefit of the underfloor heating system is the ability to control the heating action precisely. With the electric option, it is possible to certain areas of the floor while turning off other areas even within one room.
Underfloor heaters take considerably longer to achieve optimum heating when compared to radiators. This is because they must heat the floor first before heating the air in the room, which takes quite some time.
They also cost considerably more to installed and or retrofit. However, the lower running cost might offset the initial cost.