Underfloor Heating – Total 16 fluid and electrical systems
Would you like to reduce your heating bills?
Would you like to cut your home’s carbon footprint?
Would you like more control of your heating?
If you answered yes to any or all of those questions you should consider underfloor heating for your home, and Cardiff Heating and Plumbing can help you find the right system and perform a cost-effective, efficient, and hassle-free installation.
Underfloor heating, by locating the heat source at the bottom of your room, is the most efficient way to raise the temperature. A heat source that runs through the whole floor of your room also allows you to heat the whole space more evenly and efficiently than from wall-mounted radiators.
Underfloor heating can be used as a secondary system for gentle heating or for boosting your existing radiations. But it can also be used as a complete replacement heating system – say goodbye to your radiators!
Underfloor heating works by running heated fluid or electrical heating elements through or under flooring. It is, to all intents and purposes, invisible.
There are two types of underfloor heating: fluid or electrical systems.
Whichever of these two types of system you choose, it will work on the same basic principle: heat rises, so warming the floor of a room introduces warmth that will rise through the room, giving you a pleasant, warm atmosphere. Fluid systems can also use cooled liquids to chill an overly warm space.
In fluid systems – often called hydroponic or wet systems – a liquid is heated by a central boiler before it is piped through the floors in each room it is to heat. The fluid is usually a mix of water and an anti-freeze and it flows through small pipes that are embedded in the floor surface.
Electric underfloor heating systems come in a variety of types, all of which feature some form of heating element running through or under flooring layers. This type of system can be called a dry underfloor heating system.
Which underfloor heating system is right for me?
At Cardiff Heating and Plumbing we’re happy to help you choose the right system for your home.
Most electrical systems use thin, flexible wires to transfer heat to the floor and then the room. These can be laid into a poured floor – usually concrete – but can also be “dry installed” with wooden floor boards or on a roll.
Wet systems used to be difficult to install; they had to be run into a newly poured floor. However, the pipes that carry the fluid are getting smaller and more flexible as technology improves. It is now possible to install fluid underfloor heating systems without pouring a new floor. Ask us about Total 16 system, which comes pre-installed in 16mm boards for quick, easy and convenient fitting.
Wet systems often offer better performance. If your primary reason for installing underfloor heating systems is to save money then a wet system will pay you back more and more quickly. They’re cheaper to run than electrical systems and will have a number of green and energy efficiency paybacks for your home.
Electrical – dry – systems are usually quicker and easier to install, and can run off your standard electrical system. It’s adaptable and convenient, a favourite in small rooms, particularly bathrooms.
Cardiff Heating and Plumbing can install either type of underfloor heating system and we’re happy to advise you as you choose the system that’s right for your home and lifestyle.
Benefits of all underfloor heating systems
The most apparent difference is the absence of radiators. Underfloor heating has zero visual impact. It works in any room, even where radiators would be impractically intrusive or even dangerous.
If you are concerned about your fuel bills or your impact on the planet then you should invest in the most efficient heating system you can buy. That may be underfloor heating.
Underfloor heating systems heat from the bottom up and warm the whole room, giving a consistent temperature through the space. Because they spread the heat around the room more efficiently and don’t leave cold spots they don’t need to run at such high temperatures.
This better heating efficiency in the room also means your boiler will work more efficiently. The lower operating temperature means that condensing boilers go through the condensing process more often and work more efficiently.
Systems are improving all the time and Cardiff Heating and Plumbing keep on top of all the latest developments. If you’d like to talk through the possibilities for your home or you’d like a full, free estimate then please call us now.