Underfloor heating may seem like a modern idea, however, its history can be traced back as far as ancient Rome, where the Romans used a form of under floor heating to heat their villas and bath houses.
Modern day underfloor heating has become popular as people do not wish to walk over cold and clammy floors in the winter months, plus as heat rises, it is a really good way to heat your entire home effectively and easily.
There are two main types of underfloor heating systems and they are:
Hot Water Heating Systems
This version of underfloor heating is more suited to newly built homes, as it requires a lot of space under the floor for the installation of the hot water pipes.
If this type of system is being fitted retrospectively then it may require the existing floor to be raised above its current position, something that is not going to be possible in an existing kitchen or bathroom.
Another downside to this option is the cost, which could run into thousands of pounds, due to the more complicated installation procedure.
Electronic Underfloor Heating
This system is more suited to existing homes than the water based system as it is easier to install. It works by heating a series of electric wires which will be installed under the floor, and there are a number of different varieties depending on the floor space that needs to be covered.
Insulation is fitted in order to make sure that the heat is directed upwards rather than down, and this is followed by a level of screed to even out the floor. The cables are then added and the existing flooring placed back on top.
Although this type of heating is more suited to tiled or stone flooring, it can be used under carpeted flooring also, although it is important to make sure that the carpet is not too dense so that it blocks the heat from rising up.
The Advantages of Underfloor Heating
Although it is costly to install compared to other forms of heating, such as central heating, underfloor heating will be more cost effective in the long run as the heat can quickly warm up a home. One downside of underfloor heating is that it is costly and difficult to repair if something goes wrong, as well as causing much more upheaval.