A Guide to Underfloor Heating

One of the options available for heating your home efficiently is an underfloor heating system. Of the underfloor heating systems currently on the market, most consumers opt for those that utilise hot water, rather than electricity. A hot water underfloor heating system uses a network of pipes that are laid before the finished floor surface of choice is put down.  Following its installation, hot water is pumped through these pipes as per a normal radiator system. The hot water circulates throughout the entire network of pipes and produces a steady, even heat throughout the space where this system is installed.  Great for your feet first thing in the morning as you walk on a nice warm floor.

For those considering purchasing and installing such a heating system, there are several matters that should be considered before the purchase of materials is made. Cost, and the efficiency of a chosen system will be key issues to balance during your consideration of which system to purchase and install.

The underfloor pipes are the first factor to consider. There are a variety of different pipes available for use. Of course, different pipes have different qualities, and prices. The higher the quality of the pipe, the higher the initial cost required to purchase the system. Also, the different sized pipes each offer different resistance to flow. The higher the resistance, the more energy needed to circulate the water through the pipes. While a faster flow produces more heat quickly, it also incurs higher long term costs needed to run the system.

For those more environmentally sensitive consumers, solar panels and ground source heat pumps can be integrated into an underfloor heating system. This of course will save money after the initial installation costs.

This form of heating is easy to install and is low maintenance and energy efficient.

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