11 May Unsure about Underfloor Heating?
If you are exploring the possibility of getting underfloor heating installed at your home or business, you probably have a plenty of different questions running through your mind. Instead of spending ages looking on the Internet for the answers, we have put together a handy post dealing with some of the most common questions about underfloor heating systems. Read on to discover more.
Will I be able to install underfloor heating myself?
You could give it a go, but it is best left to underfloor heating contractors. Some systems may be easy to install, others may be difficult; there are many different factors that come into it. However, if you make an error, it is not something that can easily be reversed, and thus it is best to invest your money in a professional service. Of course, though, if you have experience with this sort of thing: go for it. The Underfloor Shop is a great resource for buying all of the things you need to install this type of heating yourself.
What happens if there is a problem with the system?
It is highly unlikely that you will experience any type of issue, as nothing is going to get to the pipes to cause a leak. Most systems have a life expectancy of at least 50-years and if there are any issues pressure testing is the best way to determine what had gone wrong, which means the entire floor may not need to be lifted.
Will underfloor heating work in an open-plan home?
This is where underfloor heating shows it’s worth. If you were to go for another option, i.e. radiators, you would need to place many around the space to have a chance at warming the area in your home effectively. As the entire floor radiates heat upwards with underfloor heating, it can heat such a space effectively.
Will underfloor heating lead to an increase in the cost of my energy bills?
A lot of people mistakenly believe that underfloor heating is expensive to run, yet that is certainly not the case. In fact, you can expect to spend less on energy, and this is because underfloor heating systems are run at a lower temperature to achieve the same level of heat, and, therefore, they are much more efficient.
What type of flooring should I lay over the top of the underfloor heating system?
You want to look for a flooring type that has excellent thermal conductivity, with some great examples including slate, stone, terracotta, ceramic and porcelain. However, underfloor heating installers will take your floor type into consideration when they are designing the system.
I hope you have the answers to any questions you had about underfloor heating. 🙂