As a leading provider of domestic central heating systems in Bristol and the South West, we often get asked about underground heating systems. If you are considering this type of heating system, we can help.
What is underfloor heating?
Your home heat your home using either an electric or water-based system, and both types of system can be up to 25% more efficient than conventional radiators. By turning a large surface area like your kitchen floor, for example, into a giant radiator, you can help to increase energy efficiency and lower your running costs.
Can underfloor heating be installed anywhere in the home?
In theory, yes, but the cost may be prohibitive which leads many homeowners with two storeys or more to choose a combination of underfloor heating and traditional radiators to heat their home.
Underfloor heating systems can be installed below stone, tile, wood and even carpeted floors (although 1.5 tog is generally considered the maximum suitable thickness for carpets) and will heat your home beautifully, while keeping your walls radiator free.
Which type of underfloor heating is best for my home?
Depending on the size of your home, how energy efficient it is and how much you want to spend, there are two different types of underfloor heating that you can choose from:
Electric Underfloor Heating
Electric systems are inexpensive to install, and because they do not require lots of pipework, they are also relatively easy to install. They can be installed on both ground and upper floors and it can easily be retrofitted into your home as part of a renovation project.
The electric cables conduct heat outwards to rise up through the floor, evenly dispersing the heat without the risk of cold spots. These types of systems also useful for reducing the about of dust and allergens that circulate in any one space.
The downside of electric underfloor heating systems, however, is that they can be very expensive to run.
Wet Underfloor Heating
Wet, or hydronic, underfloor heating systems are a popular choice for extensions and new constructions as they can be laid directly into the screed. Because these types of system use water for heating your rooms, they can be linked to your boiler, or can run off heat pumps or even solar thermal energy systems.
The heat from the boiler is used to circulate warm water throughout the floor, which radiates upwards to heat the space. Wet underfloor heating systems are extremely efficient to run and can also work at low temperatures.
Wet systems are also better suited to new builds, as they are difficult to be retrofitted and the extra space taken up by the plumbing will need to be taken into account at the planning stage.
Underfloor Heating In Bristol
At DHS we are experts in installing Wet Underfloor Heating, so If you are interested in having underfloor heating in your home, our specialist heating engineers can help. We have many years of experience in providing first class wet underfloor heating solutions to homes in Bristol, and can help with your new build project or renovation.
As one of the largest central heating installation firms operating in the South West, we would be delighted to let our 40 years of experience work for you.
Call us today on 0117 924 7200 or contact us to find out more.