Tips for underfloor heating

The right kind of heating can make sure that your home is cosy all winter long. Underfloor heating can be especially inviting, as it warms the entire room and feels so pleasant under your feet. Of course, there are different types of heating and ways of installing it.

More space

One advantage that homeowners often mention when talking about underfloor heating is the space it frees up as radiators are no longer necessary. It also warms a room evenly, so that’s another reason for its popularity. The two main types available are wet or water-based systems and the dry or electric kind.

The electric variety can be less hassle to install, but it will cost more to operate. This kind of heating can be good for small rooms such as bathrooms, or those spaces that are hard to get to. Installing electric underfloor heating generally involves putting down cables that are woven into mesh or mats, a bit like an electric blanket. Then the flooring is put on the top.

The power of hot water

The wet systems use pipes, along with hot water generated by the boiler as in a traditional heating arrangement. Plastic pipes are laid on a sublayer of floor, and the final floor surface is installed on the top. Generally, the plastic pipes used have no joints so leaking is not an issue and maintenance should be minimal. This type of heating can be eco-friendly too. To learn more, see this report from The Guardian.

If you are opting to install wet underfloor heating, overhauling the boiler at the same time might be a good idea. If you want to find out more about local or Gloucester boilers then it would be worthwhile to consult a reputable supplier in the area such as When it comes to Gloucester boilers you want a firm which is both professional and can offer competitive rates.

Underfloor heating can be customised to suit almost any room. However, it is not advised with solid wood floors, as changing temperatures may not be good for them. Engineered flooring, however, can be used with underfloor heating as it is generally more resilient to changing humidity and temperature. This kind of heating works well with a number of flooring materials, although thick carpet may muffle its effects.