More Info on Underfloor Heating
Underfloor Heating or Heating beneath the room floor is of 2 types:
Electric Underfloor Heating
In electric heating systems, a series of electric wires or electric heating sheets are installed below or inside the flooring. These are normally used on top of a layer of screed and a layer of floor insulation to prevent heat loss into the floor. Today, Electric Systems are so diverse that there is one for most flooring materials. The size of the room and insulation present will affect the kind of electric system you will need that comes as flexible wiring, electric cable systems or heating mats.
Apart from the cost of the heating mat, you will have to consider the cost of insulation board, screed and heating controls, and installation charges. Electric systems are quite thin and simple to fit, and therefore are easier to install compared to a wet or water based one. Electric underfloor heating is cheaper to install than a wet system, but it's more expensive to run compared to a water-based system, as it will significantly increase your energy costs. Installers think it suitable only for smaller areas.
Water Underfloor Heating
Water underfloor heating system can be installed beneath most flooring, be it stone, tile, or wood. It is both expensive and complicated to install water underfloor heating. The installation cost of an already expensive water underfloor heating system can further increase depending on location of the room(floor) and distance from the heating system.
However, it comes with many benefits. Underfloor heating can easily replace radiators inside homes or be used underneath the flooring to keep it warm in winter.
Water underfloor heating system is made up of pipes connected to a boiler that circulates warm water below the floor that causes the room to heat up. The underfloor water pipes can also be connected to solar water heating system or heat pump. The water based model is more energy efficient than radiators and also cheaper to run. The underfloor system evenly distributes heat than a single radiator; using water at a lower temperature.