Saturday, 4 June 2011

Underfloor heating: frequently asked questions

Some of the most frequently asked general questions about underfloor heating
If you’re considering underfloor heating then you’re bound to have some questions. Here are our answers to some of the most frequently asked.

Do I need to put underfloor heating in every room?

No, but you might want to! Newbuilds and self-builds are the easiest homes to install a complete underfloor heating system in, but it is possible to convert existing homes completely. Otherwise, you can put underfloor heating in whichever rooms you like. Bathrooms and kitchens are among the most popular choices.

What will happen to my radiators once my underfloor heating is installed?

They can be got rid of. Both private companies and local authorities provide recycling facilities for radiators. On average, you will increase your wall space by an estimated 10 per cent.

Will I need a new boiler for underfloor heating?

The low amount of heat needed by underfloor heating makes it ideal for use with a modern condensing boiler. However, in most cases, you will not need to change your boiler.

How much disruption is caused installing underfloor heating?

Underfloor heating installation can be quite disruptive as you need to lift all existing floor coverings and put in insulation and the electric heating element or pipes (depending on what type of underfloor heating you choose) before replacing the floor covering. For this reason, many people choose to have their underfloor heating professionally installed.

Will there be more disruption if there is a fault?

There will be some – but not as much. Faults are rare with modern underfloor heating systems. When they do develop they are usually localised and so only a small area needs to be dealt with.

Can the temperature of underfloor heating be controlled?

Underfloor heating systems use thermostats, just like conventional central heating systems. Most systems allow for different rooms to be heated to different levels as required.

How long will my underfloor heating take to warm up?

No two underfloor heating systems will warm a floor in the same length of time and it depends on the starting temperature of the room – but a room can get to a comfortable temperature in under twenty minutes in ideal conditions.

D A Woolgar are DEVI under floor heating specialists

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