A water underfloor heating system can sit beneath stone, tile, wooden or even carpeted surfaces. It offers a heating alternative to radiators in bathrooms, kitchens, an entire house – or simply a means to warm up a cold floor on an early morning in winter.
Water underfloor heating explained
With a water-based underfloor heating system, a series of pipes connected to your boiler circulate warm water throughout the floor to heat the space. Alternatively, you can connect the water underfloor pipes to a solar water heating system. Because the heat emitted from an underfloor system is more evenly distributed than a single radiator, the system can use water at a lower temperature. So it’s a more efficient way of heating your home.
Underfloor heating is generally associated with stone or tiled floors, but you can fit it in a carpeted room – you’ll just need to ensure that the carpet and underlay isn’t so dense that it stops the heat moving upwards (a tog of no more than 1.5 is a general rule of thumb).
How water underfloor heating works
Underfloor water heating works by connecting pipes laid under the floor to a manifold (essentially a central system to connect pipes together) and then to your heating system. It will also be fitted to a thermostat so that you can regulate the temperature.
The floor should be properly prepared and insulated to make the system work efficiently. There needs to be enough space to accommodate this and the piping, so we have to elevate the floor level.