Renovators of in floor heating are frequently quick to share their satisfactions with their new home warming setup, and as under floor heating systems can be applied below many common types of floor surfaces these privileges are not just limited to indoors but include outdoor living spaces as well. Consistent feedback from customers remains very positive courtesy of the fantastic amount of warmth and comfort floor heating systems provide at times when they are needed the most. This is mainly due to their easy to manage configuration of timers, thermostats and warming zone components which allow users to have total control over where and when the system operates, either manually or automatically depending on preference. There are a whole range of benefits provided by this form of heating such as cheaper heating bills, high efficiency and near perfect temperatures to the touch. Another great advantage comes with the fact that the standard installation takes place below walking surface which enables the warm air produced to rise and travel in its natural course from the lowest possible and most effective position, and as this fixture lies within the foundations of the home there will also be more room space left available in areas where other conventional heating elements usually occupy.
Developments in contemporary in floor heating systems have made installation much more easier than it used to be, and advancements in modern home improvement technology now places the setup within reach of users with reasonable DIY knowledge and experience. On this note, it is worth mentioning that different floor heating systems require different approaches to assembly. However, this is not a difficult task to the skilled technician as instructions are supplied with every option regardless of their nature or form. Something to bear in mind is that by having professionals install the system a warranty can be put into place which would be beneficial for long-term maintenance and repair purposes. Furthermore, having specialists do the installation makes it more likely that the best possible performance would be received from the heating system.
The growing interest in under floor heating solutions has resulted in a lot more useful resources with information and advice which can be found on the subject to offer assistance with specific queries such as setting up and maintaining the system if you do decide to take the cheaper route and set it up manually.
In the meantime, a few general tips can be observed before installation begins. The first is in regards to floor-mounted units such as wardrobes and cupboards. Floor heat solutions should not be installed underneath such units as it can cause their insides to become moist and damage the actual furniture. This is fairly simple to take into account when installing under floor heat in locations such as the kitchen or bathroom where the units are normally fixed into place, but becomes less easy to implement in other rooms where floor-mounted units can be moved around with relative ease.
Insulation is another important point requiring consideration. The low temperatures that under floor heating systems operate at means that every room where they will be installed in must be well insulated. This includes underneath the flooring itself so that the system can run at its most efficient capacity, and applies to both wet and electric underfloor heating systems. Attention will also need to be given to the height of the flooring setup. Converting an existing home to being fully heated with this method will require floor levels to be raised to accommodate the layers of insulation, heating elements and floor covering. To this effect, there are very slim under floor heating options on the market. Some hydronic systems can raise floor levels by up to ten centimetres unless depth can be added to the foundations, and the slimmest systems will only raise the floor height by a few millimetres. No two packages will be the same so it is always good practice to seek professional advice about how best to install your floor heating system before you decide to embark on the project yourself.
The hydronic radiant floor heating option is not as straightforward for the homeowner to install on their own. In fact, most areas require the installer of the heat source to have a license before going ahead with the renovation. This is because radiant floor heating systems use a boiler to heat up the water which is then carried through a system of pipes or tubes underneath the floor. There are many building and plumbing professionals that can install this type of system without hesitation, and even some that allow homeowners to install the tubing themselves under professional supervision. This is a great way to improve on DIY skills while feeling part of the new setup being fitted into your home.
Before such a system is placed into an existing house it is important that the home is deemed fit to support the additional weight of the cement, concrete and tubing. In addition, the installers should also confirm that the underside of the sub floor is accessible for installation or the purposes of maintenance in the future. When the floor specialists have made a room by room estimate on the heating load needed for the house and the designers have drawn up the most efficient and effective layout for the tubing, it is advisable for the homeowner to obtain a copy of the finished design in case they need to locate the tubing at a later date.
In contrast, electric in floor heating systems are much easier for homeowners with a working knowledge of electricity to put together themselves. This is because they can be added to rooms on an individual preference and basis where they are needed the most, such as bathrooms, kitchens and family rooms as opposed to the entire house. They are also ultra-thin mat arrangements that do not require any specialist tools or prior experience in setting up. The only area requiring a licensed electrician is in the final electrical connection to the local power source. For this reason, electric in floor heat is cheaper to start up and is usually the more popular option for owners of existing homes.