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The different types of underfloor heating

Underfloor heating is becoming increasingly popular and can be installed in various types of properties. Although this type of heating system is typically used on the ground floor of a building, there are systems which are ideally suited to being fitted on upper floors.

The heat from underfloor heating gently rises to warm the whole room, unlike a solid fuel fire which only heats the area surrounding it, or radiators which leave cold spots in a room. Water underfloor heating, or a ‘wet system’, is often installed in rooms where it is easy to take up the floor. For this reason, it is popular in new builds where the floor has yet to be laid.

Conservatories and extensions are also popular rooms to install wet systems. Plastic pipes are laid onto a sub floor and a new floor is laid on top of the pipes. Hot water is pumped through the pipes, but at a lower temperature than a standard radiator system.

Electric underfloor heating mats are spread out evenly and then connected together. They are then linked to the power supply and a thermostat, a process which has to be completed by a qualified electrician. The electric systems are much easier to install and can be used virtually anywhere. An electric heating system will cost slightly more to run than its water-based equivalent, but is cheaper and easier to install and requires minimal maintenance.

While underfloor heating systems can be installed by someone who is confident with their DIY skills, it can pay to get a professional in to ensure the job is done correctly.