Once you’ve experienced underfloor heating you can never really be comfortable or content with any other heating option. That’s why many of our clients approach us after experiencing radiant heating in friends’ homes or when they have travelled to Europe.
What is Underfloor Heating?
Underfloor hydronic heating is a simple but energy efficient and sustainable way of heating your home. Water is heated through a boiler or heat pump and piped throughout your home to distribute heat through the mass of your concrete slab floor. At a flick of a switch you have complete control of the temperature, and can also easily decide on the times you do and don’t need heat.
Underfloor heating offers a comfortably heated floor, warm and safe enough to walk on with bare feet. And, it is also a great way to heat your home, including open plan living spaces and bathrooms. Hot air rises, so by heating the floor, the heat remains where you need it and is not ‘lost’ into the air above.
Some of the advantages of underfloor heating include:
- It’s invisible – it replaces bulky heaters and air conditioning units that clutter up the room
- Silent heating – you won’t hear any mechanics or water movement
- No forced air heating means no spreading of dust, mould or bacteria so it’s a much healthier solution (especially for allergy and asthma sufferers)
- Uniform heat – no cold spots or drafts
- Safer for crawling babies and small children – they won’t burn themselves on hot surfaces
- Can be used with most flooring types including timber, concrete, carpet, tiles and stone.
Main Types of Underfloor Hydronic Heating
Some of the different ways you can install underfloor hydronic heating include:
Slab: Most suitable for new builds or large renovations, this is where pipes are secured to metal reinforcement in either a spiral or winding (Serpentine) pattern and laid within the concrete slab itself.
In Screed: It uses the same type of piping as the slab option, but they are placed on top of an insulated position board, clipping systems or mesh, and sits on top of a pre-poured structural slab. A layer of sand and cement mix, called screed, is poured directly over the pipes before tiling. This protects the pipes and ensures the floor radiates a warm and comfortable heat. It is suitable for both new and existing homes.
Heat Transfer Plates: Pipework is clipped into aluminium plates attached to the underside of wooden floors. Heating is then gently distributed to the target room. While not suitable for all floors, this very low heat solution enables the home owner to realise similar benefits to that of slab or screed heating. It’s a great solution for those wanting to hide their heating system.
Trench Heating: Trenches covered with a stylish grilles (usually timber or aluminium) are placed within the floor and a heating element hidden underneath. It’s suitable for multi-storey buildings, floating floors, homes without a concrete slab, or as an alternative to wall panel radiators.
Silent and Stylish
Underfloor hydronic heating is efficient enough to be used alone, such as in the downstairs living area, however can also be run in conjunction with radiator panels or towel rails in areas where there is no slab.
With underfloor heating your whole floor becomes one big cosy heater that can be used in a way that suits your family’s lifestyle and budget.
With the weather starting to warm up, now is the perfect time to consider how your family could be more comfortable next winter. Contact Brinlex Heat to find out whether underfloor heating could work for you.