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Underfloor heating is a way of heating your home from bottom up, through your floors. The coils and cables will run underneath your flooring which is heated with electricity or heated water. As the heat rises, the warmth will be distributed throughout the room. It has been found that 80% of the floor area can be heated with underfloor heating.
There are two types of underfloor heating options that you can opt for depending on your build.
Undertile heating: can sit directly below the tiles or in the inscreed layer. This is suitable for new builds or for renovations. Undertile heating that sits under the tile glue and larger areas will require a 150Watts per meter square system. The below diagram shows the Thermonet Under Tile Heating 150W sits between the flexible tile adhesive and the Econoboard Uncoated. This style of undertile heating is most effective when a short period of time is required to heat up the floor which means
In Screed heating: is a versatile underfloor heating system that is compatible with graphite, marble, natural stoles and tiles. In screed heating will require a 200Watts per square meter system as it is commonly used in sand and cement screed beds. In the diagram below the Thermonet In Screed Heating Systems 200W sits between the sand and cement screed and Econoboard Uncoated. As the In Screed heating sits between multiple layers, it will take longer to heat up but acts as a heat bank, retaining the heat will save you on the running cost.
Economical: Underfloor heating may seem like a luxury, however in comparison to alternative heating solutions such as forced air systems - it is an affordable expense as it is energy-efficient. The initial installation can be a setback, but it is a long-term investment that will pay off. As electric flooring can cover the ensured floor area, there is an even heat distribution. In comparison to a forced air system which is distributed with several vents which is often installed in higher areas, and we know hot air rises it will lead to uneven heat distribution. As a result, forced air systems will require heating for a longer duration of time in order for the air to circulate through.
3. Versatility - Underfloor heating systems can be installed in new or existing homes. With the heating systems compatible with a large range of floor surfaces such as vinyl, wood, carpet, tiles, stones and laminate.
If you want to keep your toes toasty and warm, underfloor heating provides substantial cost savings in the long term on your energy bills. The initial installation cost of underfloor heating can be considerably more in comparison through traditional radiators. There are various options available to suit your budget.