Installing Underfloor Heating
Underfloor Heating: the Basics
The benefit of underfloor heating is that the heat is directed into a living area from below. Traditional types of home heating revolve around wall fitted radiators, open hearths or stoves. What these types of heating have in common is that the heat is dispersed quickly by rising to the ceiling of the room. Underfloor heating is dispersed more slowly; the heat takes longer to rise and is emitted over a longer period of time through the material of the floor (e.g. bricks or tiles).
Before you start laying the underfloor heating, consider carefully where it is best placed. It may be costly and time consuming to have to dig out again in case you have made a mistake. There are two main types of underfloor heating: electrical wires and hot water pipes. Electrical wire heating is most suited to floors made from wood or other relatively porous types of material. Hot water pipes can be laid with harder material such as brick or tiles.
Test the System
Before you refill the floor, having laid the underfloor heating, you should test the electrical wires or hot water pipes. This is again so that you do not have to dig it up in case of faulty connections or leaks. The hot water pipes should normally function well, but some may have been damaged inadvertently. You naturally should avoid any chance of leaks.