Domestic Underfloor Heating can be a great alternative to traditional heating systems such as radiators in new build houses or renovations. Underfloor Heating comes in two forms either a wet system which is heated water pipes incorporated into the floor construction that radiates heat through the floor or a dry system which is normally electric cables incorporated into the floor construction and radiating heat.
The most popular system in a domestic environment for new build houses would be a wet system which although slightly more costly to buy is far more efficient ongoing to run. The wet system is normally installed throughout the whole of the ground floor area and more and slimmer systems and dry board systems are allowing water systems to be installed in upper levels. Electric underfloor heating’s main markets are in the renovation sector where people are installing them in bathrooms, Kitchens and Conservatories and are normally used as secondary heating, whereas systems installed during complete renovations where the subfloor is getting replaced and better insulated can be used as primary heat sources.
The advantages of Domestic Underfloor Heating in a domestic environment is that you have an equal heat spread across the floor which rises to heat the rooms, eliminating the need for radiators which generally have to have very high surface temperatures in order to put enough heat in the room and take up valuable wall space. In most circumstances, underfloor heating is maintenance free and once set up require any intervention other than to adjust the temperature.
The main attraction for underfloor heating though is the comfort. The way both types of systems heat a room means not only will your feet be toasty and warm, but the heat through the room will be more evenly distributed and consistent.
For example, if you have a stone floor with underfloor heating built in, the heat will be retained, even when the window is open. Compared to the way radiator heat dissipates — the second a window or a door is open the room heat is lost.