Underfloor heating:

Installation of underfloor heating by a plumber in Coleraine

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Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating is a system that can bring warmth to specific areas of your home often considered "cold" such as bathrooms and utility rooms or it can be used as for heating throughout your home. At Coleraine plumbers we will be happy to advise you on different types and its usage.

Sometimes people consider underfloor heating as "new" technology but actually the Romans used it to heat their homes and public buildings!

Underfloor heating works by heating a room by what is known as radiation, through the floors. The air temperature is always highest at floor level and then gradually decreases as it rises up. It is the most natural and comfortable form of heating. It gives a constant, clean, safe and comfortable heat throughout the room, plus the absence of radiators makes furniture placement easier and it also creates a safer home environment. There are no exposed hot surfaces, ideal where there are children around. 

For a new construction, an extension or a renovation the installation of underfloor heating is quite straight forward. For concrete floors, a heating pipe matrix is usually laid out on top of insulation before the screed covers the pipe matrix and finishes the construction of the floor. The whole system is controlled by a series of thermostats which signal the heat pump to distribute heat as and when required.

A dry installation is commonly used when a poured floor just isn't practical. So,in this case, the pipe is placed in the joist space or it can be put underneath a suspended wood floor, or on top of the subfloor. Again, as described above warm water circulates through the pipes and warms the floor above it. In the absence of the concrete used in the "wet" installation method, heat transfer plates may be used with the pex pipe to assist in distributing the heat evenly.

A dry installation is commonly used when a poured floor just isn't practical. In this case, the pipe is placed in the joist space or underneath a suspended wood floor, or on top of the subfloor. Warm water circulates through the pipes and warms the floor above it. In the absence of the concrete used in the "wet" installation method above, heat transfer plates may be used with the pex pipe to help to distribute the heat evenly.

A dry installation is commonly used when a poured floor just isn't practical. In this case, the pipe is placed in the joist space or underneath a suspended wood floor, or on top of the subfloor. Warm water circulates through the pipes and warms the floor above it. In the absence of the concrete used in the "wet" installation method above, heat transfer plates may be used with the pex pipe to help to distribute the heat evenly.

Radiant heating can be installed in a single room, or throughout your home, and it can also be used with a variety of heat sources, and with a variety of floor coverings.

It works particularly well with open floor plans, which are becoming more popular today and especially in areas with high ceilings.