What is Underfloor Heating?

How the conquered Britons envied those Roman hypocausts. We’d never seen anything like it when the Romans introduced underfloor heating here. It’s still not something that’s widespread in this country despite our frequently bad weather, as it is something that takes a lot of effort to install and we tend to prefer the bish bosh of open fires and radiators.

Underfloor heating is a method of heating a room, house or building by placing heating elements underneath the floor. Technology has advanced, as it always does, and you now no longer need to build your house over a thermal vent or pool heated by volcanic lava.

Underfloor heating is also one of the safest methods of heating a room/house as it occupies no wall space and creates no burn hazards, and there is no danger of bumping into anything as you would with normal heaters. It is especially advantageous to those in healthcare environments, or places that contain the elderly or those with dementia.

How does Underfloor Heating work?

Today, underfloor heating can be pipes or electrical elements located underneath your floorboards or within concrete slabs. Because of the British distrust of ripping up floors, electrical mats placed beneath your carpet or floor panels are becoming more and more popular. No hypocausts needed.

Underfloor heating is becoming more popular thanks to its relative simplicity. Heating up a whole room can be simple, and there are no ‘cold spots’ to worry about as the heat is uniformly spread throughout a room. Also, it’s possible to heat individual rooms as they’re being used so you won’t have to worry about warming up a whole house.

Underfloor heating can also have a positive effect on air quality, as well as, with the aid of moisture controls, preventing the spread of mold, bacteria, viruses and dust mites. There is recognition from the health industry of the benefits of underfloor heating with regards to allergens.

How difficult is it to Install Underfloor Heating?

There are two main methods used for underfloor heating: wet systems and dry systems. Wet systems are electrical elements or heated water pipes placed in concrete, whilst dry systems can either be placed under floorboards or above them and covered by carpets, panels or laminates.

Installing or reinstalling a concrete floor can be a bit of a faff, hence the traditional British reluctance for underfloor heating. Similarly, placing underfloor heating underneath floorboards will take some time and effort if your house isn’t a new build. But lifting up a carpet and placing the heating matts underneath is virtually no effort at all.

The long-standing British reluctance over underfloor heating is slowly changing, thanks to advances in technology and ease of fitting. More and more people are realising the benefits of underfloor heating thanks to its ease of use, not getting in the way of anything and ensuring an even spread of heat throughout a room.

How much does Underfloor Heating cost?

If you visit New Edge Interiors (www.newedgeinteriors.co.uk) you’ll see that prices can vary from £107.12 for a one square metre under-carpet mat to £601.26 for a 7.5 square metre heating cable to be used in concrete, which can also be used below floorboards to cover 11 square metres. It’s highly recommended that you get in professional fitters if you’re going to use anything other than dry systems above floorboards. We also have various tiles on our website that are underfloor heating ready, available online or in store.

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