How Underfloor Heating Works

Today’s market offers homeowners wishing to install an underfloor heating system two options: they can choose from an electrical system or a hot water system. The electrical system utilises electrical energy to produce heat. The system - a network of wires installed under the floor of the house - produces heat in the same manner as any heat producing electrical appliance.

If you are considering installing an electrical heating system and have little or no experience with electrical installation work, you will have to hire a professional, as incorrect wiring can be extremely dangerous. In the UK only qualified professionals should now undertake such work.  After the work is completed you will be given a certificate by the electrical contractor that you will need to produce if you decide to sell your house at some time in the future.  The alternative choice, the hot-water system provides the same function, using a different approach.  You can install this yourself as it is mainly plumbing work.

An underfloor heating system that utilises hot water rather than electricity to heat a building requires a network of pipes to be laid under the finished floor surface. Heated water is pumped through these pipes and circulated throughout the entire underfloor heating system, thus producing heat to warm the space.

Potential buyers of hot-water heating systems should contemplate the range of options available to them prior to purchasing their system. Cost and efficiency are, of course, key issues to consider before the purchase and installation of such a system.

A range of pipes is available for these hot-water systems. Different pipes have different qualities and different costs. The higher quality pipes may dramatically increase the initial cost of installing an underfloor heating system.

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