Is an underfloor heating system difficult to install?
For many reasons, the demand for dedicated underfloor heating installations in UK homes is on the rise. With no radiators required, properties that are underfloor heated enjoy more streamlined aesthetics and increased living space for dwellers. With radiant heat rising from the floor and room thermostats, householders can gain greater control over their energy use resulting in lower fuel bills.
Underfloor heating systems are also safer for homes with small children, as they present no hard or hot-to-touch surfaces that can be a potential hazard. Their energy efficiency and low-flow operation also make them compatible with low-carbon solutions, such as air and ground source heat pumps, making them a far greener option than traditional gas boilers.
Despite these benefits, some homeowners are still unsure of underfloor heating, which is less familiar and visible to them than conventional radiators. A key concern is often a worry that it will be a lengthy and complicated process to have such an innovative solution installed.
Despite these fears, underfloor heating is not tricky to install, in fact it can be far simpler than fitting radiators.
Traditional systems require a network of pipes, distributed to serve each radiator installed and must be hidden within joists, while underfloor heating uses flexible piping that is placed on a floor and connected simply to the central manifold making for far less time-consuming fittings.
Systems can be installed, tested and commissioned in a single stage, making it possible for an average-sized home to have its underfloor heating in place and operational sometimes in a single day.