Types and Benefits of Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating systems can be broadly classified into two categories, i.e. Dry (the ones that make use of electricity) and Wet (the ones that make use of hot water being circulated through pipes beneath the floor). Besides these classifications, such systems can be classified into 3 other categories, i.e. Conventional Heating, Undertile Heating, and Undercarpet Heating

Conventional Heating

This system is the best of all modern system and can be simply laid over the concrete slab with the help of specially notched spacers on to which heating cables are hooked. The cables are mostly spaced at a distance of 75mm from each other. Once the system is laid down, it’s covered up by a screed (a mixture of standard cement and river-sand, usually in the ratio of 6:1). The screen is generally 25mm to 50mm thick. This system is compatible with all kinds of floorings, i.e. wood as well as cement tiles. Nowadays, it’s also being used with the fashionable modern screeds that make use of chemical oxides.

Undertile Heating

Under tile heating systems are quite popular these days owing to their efficiency and ability to quickly heat up an insulated area. Thin heating wires are carefully placed under the tiles. The diameter of these wires is extremely small. As a result, there will a negligible change to the floor level.

Undercarpet Heating

This is accomplished with the help of heating pads placed under the carpet. These heating pads are manufactured in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be placed under wall-to-wall carpets and can even be placed under loose rugs. Undercarpet heating can quickly warm up an insulated area.

Benefits

Naturally Heated Space

Do you know that the normal body temperature is higher in the lower parts of the body and lower in the upper? Such heating kits systems are perfect as the lower regions of the room are kept at a higher temperature than the upper regions.

Unlike wall-mounted heat radiators that radiate heat 12 feet above the floor, the heat through such systems is dispersed through the floor. As a result, the warmth is felt all over the room at the right level.

A Great Space Saver

Radiators and Heat Convectors often take up a lot of space on the floor or on the walls. heating underfloor systems are placed under the floor thereby creating more space over it. These heaters are much safer to use than other electrically operated heaters.

For Health & Safety

Unlike underfloor mechanisms, stand-alone heaters are home to dust mites and other harmful bacteria. Moreover, they can be hazardous to children if not kept out of their reach.

For a Quieter Operation

Such systems are extremely quiet. You won’t even know that they are switched on.

Besides these advantages, such a Underfloor heating system can add a lot of value to your property. The only negative with such a system is the initial investment you are going to make. Rest assured, this investment is not going to go waste.