Underfloor Heating (UFH) uses radiant heat technology to gently warm the people and objects in the room directly. It works from the ground up, facilitating a much more energy efficient heating system.
There are two types of UFH; electric and water. Water systems run hot water through pipes laid under the flooring. Electric heats wiring beneath the floor to generate the heat.
Traditional radiators need to be heated to 65° in order to heat up the room. Compared to underfloor heating, which needs to run at around 29°, this means the UFH runs effectively; keeping your energy bills down.
Continuing, radiators produce ‘cold spots’ which create chill in the middle of the room. UFH provides radiant heat from the floor up, throughout the whole room; avoiding these ‘cold spots’ and allowing the room to be warm throughout.
A key benefit of underfloor heating is that once it is installed, the whole system requires little to no maintenance. They should also be all controlled by a system-dedicated thermostat which allows you to control the whole heating system functionally and instantly.
Other things to think about when choosing UFH is installation time and cost. It will usually take 1-2 days to install and a labourer will cost you around £200-300 a day. You will also need to hire an electrician to connect the system. All of these raise your initial costs to begin with, but UFH is cheaper to run long term compared to radiators.
Wet systems are more expensive to install but cheaper to run. Electric systems are cheaper to lay but are more expensive to run. Meaning the two systems have their good sides and bad; it really is personal preference.
Why are Porcelain Tiles Suitable for Underfloor Heating
Because of the properties of porcelain tiles, they conduct heat evenly and efficiently throughout the space, allowing your UFH system to work to the best of its ability.
As long as your floor is level and you have an adequate sub-floor, it is very easy to install any type of tile on top of your underfloor heating system.
Underfloor Heating at Tiles for Ever
Here at Tiles For Ever we sell ‘Warm Toes’ UFH. This system is electric and controlled by a voice controlled thermostat. It only adds 3mm to the floor depth which allows it to be applied to the majority of jobs. When purchased it comes on a sicky matt which allows the installer to just roll it onto the surface.
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