The DIY Guide to Under-Floor Heating

The DIY Guide to Under-Floor HeatingIn almost all climates you will need to heat your living space in the winter months. One easy to install and inexpensive form of heating is under floor heating. This system evenly distributes heat to the home and does not require a lot of maintenance. There tends to be a very calming effect to the heat generated by a do-it-yourself under floor heating system.

Under Floor Heating

Often the warm air that is produced by a conventional central heating system rises to the rooms ceiling without making the entire room warm. You get nice even warmth throughout the room, from floor to ceiling, with under floor heating.

Pipes are embedded throughout the floor of the home that carry warm water that has been heated by the boiler. These systems have a manifold that allows you to mix the hot water from the boiler with other water to provide water at the ideal temperature for safely and comfortably heating the home. An electrically operated valve controls the temperature and is connected to a thermostat in the room. While many under floor heating systems will require the skills and experience of a professional, there are some that can be installed by a DIY homeowner.

Under Floor Mats

You can install these systems with any other type of flooring including granite, ceramic tiles, and other natural stone products. It is easy to install the thin under floor heating mats. When you use the correct pipes you should not have any problem getting sufficient heat into the room. Usually the mats are installed within a concrete slab which is under a wood sub floor. The heating pipes under the flooring will need to receive water from either a boiler or a water heater.

Under Floor Heating System Expenses

You can relate the cost of purchasing and installing an under floor heating system to the cost of purchasing radiators. These systems are less expensive to run as the lower water temperatures required to warm the room require less energy than traditional systems. Because the heat is more evenly distributed throughout the room you will feel more comfortable. While you can use almost any type of flooring you want to make sure that it is able to conduct heat. When using carpet or wood flooring you will want to ensure that it is not too thick or it will block the heat from entering the room.

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