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Tips For Simplifying Your Underfloor Heating System
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An underfloor heating system can offer you a number of benefits Ė itís energy efficient, provides a touch of luxury and helps to create a comfortable living environment during the cooler months. When it comes to the installation of such a system, however, it can become quite complex and many homeowners arenít sure where to turn. This is why, in this article, we have aimed to simplify your heating as much as possible to ensure youíve made the right choice.

New Build, Extension or Major Renovation
When dealing with the construction of a new home or extending/majorly renovating an existing one, the floor can be easily dug up (and, in many cases, will not actually exist yet). This is the easiest system to install, as you can simply lay the pipe work and the slab all at once. It is important that you have considered heating early on in the project, however, to ensure that all appropriate measures have been taken.

Existing Homes
When dealing with an existing home that is not being extended or renovated, we are talking about an installation above a floor that is already in place (and likely cannot be disturbed). In some cases, you might find that it is possible to lay pipe work over the existing floor and pour a new slab over the top (just be aware that this will raise the height of your floors). In other cases, electric mats are required.

Upper Floors
When installing an underfloor heating system on the upper storeys of a building, it is important to note that hydronic (or water-based) ones are not compatible. Instead, you will have to opt for electric mats that can be laid beneath your chosen floor covering. There are some other systems available that fit between your joists, but these are not as effective. This also applies to homes with a basement or cellar level.

Choose the Right Flooring
It is essential that your choice of floor covering compliments the heating system you have ultimately picked. The wrong type of covering could severely impact how effectively your home is heated. Almost any floor covering is compatible with these systems, providing there is sufficient insulation underneath. You might want to consider that harder surfaces (such as timber and tile) tend to offer better conductivity.

Choose the Right Installer
It is also essential that you have chosen the right installation team for the job, as you always get what you pay for. Whilst some plumbers are certainly qualified to install these systems for you, we recommend having a specialist team undertake the process for you (particularly if that team comes recommended from the system manufacturer). This will ensure a hassle-free installation that is long lasting.

As you can see, the selection of an underfloor heating system does not have to be complicated, providing that each aspect has been carefully considered. We hope that the above tips assist you in choosing the best possible system for your home and the project you are undertaking. If you are ever in any doubt or have questions, ensure that you speak with an underfloor heating specialist. They will be more than happy to help you out.

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External Links

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underfloor_heating

 
 
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