How Underfloor Heating Systems Work?

Underfloor heating systems are common in continental Europe and have recently increased in popularity in the United Kingdom and the United States. Underfloor heating provides uniform heat distribution in rooms and are easy to install.

Do-it-yourself underfloor heating is even more popular as people are proven to hate walking on cold floors. Underfloor heating systems are easy to install for anyone as they do not require special skills or knowledge.

These systems are not intrusive and there are no restrictions on the positioning of the furniture as is the case with other systems, which however require minimal maintenance.

There is nothing more comfortable than feeling the soothing warmth of a DIY floor heating system, but how do floor heating systems work?

There are two types of underfloor heating systems, those that work with hot water (wet system) and those that are powered by electricity (dry systems). When it comes to the wet system, there are pipes buried in the foundation or under the floor that distributes the water. Depending on the system, water can simply flow below the floor surface.

In the case of do-it-yourself floor heating, the hot water system has pipes about half an inch in internal diameter, or larger. The advantage of these pipes is that they can be covered with floor materials and the engineers usually install them inside the concrete slab before proceeding with the finishing of the floor.

Underfloor heating can also work with wooden subfloor systems, which better preserve heat. In any case, the system works by transferring heat across large surfaces, but only slightly so that the heat can never be compared to that of radiator systems.

Do-it-yourself underfloor heating is usually more complicated to install and is not recommended by a do-it-yourself activity, because special equipment, skills and tools are needed, so call a professional to get these types of systems. heating systems installed.

Otherwise, underfloor heating using water is something you can do if the floor pipe supplier provides further instructions on the correct way of installation.

Electric underfloor heating systems are up to 40% more expensive than water underfloor heating systems and are not recommended for wooden floors. To ensure that a do-it-yourself underfloor heating system works properly, you need to set up your own circuit due to the electricity needed to power it.

Whether you choose a wet underfloor heating system or an electric powered dry underfloor heating system, don’t forget that they are not perfect and have a number of cons, such as a long heating time and a cooling period that both require .

Underfloor heating systems often require an interruption of existing structures and the finishing of the floor, requiring more attention. In the end, once installed and functioning, they do not immediately respond to temperature changes


by Natalie Aranda

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