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Is Underfloor Heating Right for You?

Underfloor heating systems are a great alternative to radiators for many people. Knowing what type of floor works best with the system and having a professional install it for you will ensure that you get the best results.

When you’re looking for the best way to efficiently and quickly heat your home, then it’s time to consider underfloor heating. While there are still a lot of people who do not understand all of the benefits that they’ll enjoy from these systems or how they work, an underfloor heating system may be the right answer to your heating problems.

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How Underfloor Heating Works and its Benefits

When you have a radiator in your home, it will heat the air in its vicinity, slowly warming the air throughout the home and leaving both hot and cold spots. With underfloor heating systems, however, radiant heat provides even heat distribution. Because the whole floor in the home works as a radiator to heat the house and the people inside of it, there is very little chance of energy waste or of overheating the home, which can be very expensive. Since your floor has a very large surface area, it won’t need to be heated to the same high temperatures as a radiator to achieve the same comfortable temperature in the home.

Types of Flooring Used

Most homeowners opt to use underfloor heating with terracotta, stone, or ceramic tile floors, as tile is the best option for using an underfloor system. However, these systems can also be installed if you have carpet, wood, or even linoleum floors. There are a few things to take into consideration if you are installing this system with a wood or carpet floor, such as the wood trapping moisture or the carpet not releasing enough heat. With proper planning, however, you can install a system that will work well with your type of flooring and allow you to enjoy the warmth of your new underfloor heating system.

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Unless you are very good at completing projects around the home, you will want to hire a professional to install your new heating system for you. That’s because installation will take a few days and your entire floor will have to be removed for the heating system to be installed. After installation is complete, it can take a few weeks for the screed to dry. Hiring a professional will give you peace of mind knowing that the work will be completed correctly.