Underfloor heating creates a radiator free environment. Furniture can be placed in a room to please the aesthetics, rather than where it will not be blocking heat from a radiator. Another major advantage to under floor heating is that it distributes warmth throughout the room so there are no cold spots and no wasted heat.
There are two types of underfloor heating, known as Wet and Wire. Both systems have their advantages. Wet systems are often used in new builds and extensions where they can be incorporated into the floor structure as it is built. It is also used where floors can be taken up. The majority of wet systems tend to be ground floor fitments though not exclusively.
Electric systems are better adapted for existing floors as it does not require major uplift of the floor heights and is especially good for upper floor levels.
Warm water flows through plastic piping below the top surface flooring, producing a temperature in that surface of around 23 degrees to 32 degrees. This system is fitted to the central heating system or air or ground heat pumps.
Cables either fitted on a webbed matting or in a roll are connected to the mains supply and cause less problems when fitting to existing floors. It should be noted however that this system is more costly to run than the wet system and if possible solar panels may be used to offset this cost.
Low Carbon Installations will be happy to provide advice, design and install underfloor heating to new and existing projects wherever practicable.