Installing underfloor heating must begin with a detailed plan. To begin the process, decide whether a wet (water) or dry (electric) underfloor heating system is the best suited to your individual project. The suitability of either system depends on certain factors such as budget, timescale, long and short-term aims, and the space available in the floors of the property.
Planning your Underfloor Heating system:
Carry out a Heat Loss Calculation
Heat loss calculations determine how much heat is lost from any particular room or home into which you wish to install an underfloor heating system. The heat loss value must be obtained in order to find out how great a heat the underfloor heating system must achieve in order to efficiently counteract the heat being lost through the walls or floor.
Insulate the Property properly
A poorly insulated house will not enjoy the benefits of an underfloor heating system. In order to see the advantages of underfloor heating it is important that the walls and floors of the rooms are properly insulated. Windows should be double or triple-glazed and floors should be insulated to prevent any downwards heat loss. As the heat rises from the floor, little warmth is liable to be lost through the roof, unlike when using a radiator heating system which circulates air upwards and down into the room. Radiator systems lose a lot of heat through the ceiling because the heat is trapped at ceiling level.
- Decide which rooms are to be heated.
- Hire a designer to pan the layout of the underfloor heating pipes.
- Decide on the location of the manifold: this should be central to the various loops of pipe and easily accessible whilst hidden away.
Installing your Underfloor Heating system:
Installation of an underfloor heating system will ordinarily take only around a third of the time the installation of a radiator heating system would take. Underfloor heating is typically easy to install and requires less skill than the installation of radiator heating.
The installation of underfloor heating systems can be carried out in various ways and by various people, although the overall installation requires some specialist aid for both wet and dry systems. Connection of a wet system to the manifold should be carried out by an experienced underfloor heating engineer and an electrician should always be hired to connect a dry underfloor heating system to the mains electricity supply.
Installing an Underfloor Heating system Yourself
It is possible to carry out much of the underfloor heating system installation yourself. Most systems will be accompanied by very detailed instructions of plans to follow and the manufacturer or system designer
Hire a registered installer to install your Underfloor Heating system
Many suppliers of underfloor heating systems can offer professional registered installers to fit your underfloor heating system. These installers are checked by the company to ensure they have sufficient experience in installing the systems.
Hire a plumber to install your Underfloor Heating system
Underfloor heating has being growing in popularity for quite a long time and most plumbing or heating engineers have these days had significant amounts of experience with the systems.