An overview of floor heating systems

Electric underfloor heating
Electric underfloor heating systems can be quickly and easily installed in a home and work well in small spaces. Electric underfloor heating comes as a length of cable that is placed on the floor in a weave pattern, or as a cable mat that is rolled out and cut to size. While cheaper to install, this type of floor heating system is more expensive to run connecting to a boiler can make this run more efficiency than a radiator system.

Water underfloor heating
Water underfloor heating (or wet underfloor heating) is more expensive to install, but more economical to run. Furthermore, by using systems with full lengths of piping, without joints, a wet underfloor heating system can last the lifetime of a building, remaining virtually maintenance free in the duration.

Carbon floor heating
Carbon film heating systems work with wood, laminate, or under carpet or vinyl when placed in combination with a plywood overlay. The advantages of carbon floor heating are that it is fast working and controllable. It is an inexpensive choice, but easy to install (as a DIY underfloor heating project), and has little effect on your floor height.


Proper insulation plays an important part in maximising the benefit of any floor heating system, especially when using low temperatures. When building a new homes or extending an older one, insulation can be incorporated into the flooring at the design stage.  For already-built homes, underfloor heating insulation boards can be used. In general, these boards are made from low-conductivity material and provide the needed strength to support thick screeds and tile and laminate floors.

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