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Expert's Corner: Underfloor Heating

Winter is coming! Have you ever considered underfloor heating to keep warm and cosy?
   EKBB Magazine  |  written on: 02-11-2021 12:40pm

Electric: This type of heating involves wires or mats which are installed under the floor and are connected to an electricity supply.

Water: A controlled flow of warm water from a heat source is pumped through pipes embedded in the floor.

Tips from Jon Burke, marketing director at Warmup

• Underfloor heating gently warms the room in unison from the ground up. The system produces radiant heat which emits from the floor evenly across the room, warming up objects rather than air. This means that underfloor heating warms the home at a lower temperature than radiators, so less energy is typically used.

Gelato Mint Blue Gloss tiles on the walls paired with Auvergne Grigio Porcelain on the floor from Mandarin Stone

• The cost of underfloor heating and running depends on different variables such as the size of the room it’s installed in, the level of insulation and the type of system you choose to buy. It’s worth noting that water-based heating tends to be cheaper to run than electric systems.

• It’s suitable for the majority of floor finishes from stone, tiles and wood to vinyl and carpets. Different floor finishes vary in their thermal conductivity and have different requirements for a heating system. Check with a professional who can advise on the best system for your home.

Clixeal planks in Smoked Ash

Rachel Roberts, technical account manager at Nu-Heat advises on underfoot heating for the kitchen

Warm water underfloor heating is a great solution, especially for those that open out onto outside space, perhaps through bi-fold doors. Whether it’s for an extension, renovation or new build, here are some pointers:

• Anything directly above the embedded tubing will be warmed, including kitchen units. A good system design that runs around the fixed units will ensure that the temperature of food storage areas is not affected.

The image below shows the Nu-Heat installation stage of the LoProTMMax retrofit warm water underfloor heating system, where the self-adhesive castellated panel is fixed over the existing floor and holds the underfloor heating tube in place.

• It can be used with screed, joisted or floating floors and can be fitted directly on top of an existing floor between or over joists with minimal disruption to fixtures and fittings.

• If underfloor heating is to be retrofitted into an existing kitchen, be sure to consider the full height build-up, including any structural decks that may need to be laid over the underfloor heating before floor coverings can be fitted.

Credit: Lucy Macdonald (Words)
Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 248, December 2016

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