Underfloor heating is simply a source of radiant heating that is installed under the floors of your house. Just a few years ago, most underfloor heating had to be installed during the construction of the home because of the complicated nature of the installation and the size of the heating pipes. Today’s underfloor heating, however, has changed all of that.
Today’s underfloor heating systems can be installed easily into existing floors. The easiest kind of heating system to install in an existing house is electric-based radiant heating, because there are no pipes necessary and the profile for electric systems is low. However, there are still some kinds of water-based underfloor heating systems that are also compatible with certain kinds of flooring types- usually pier and beam flooring.
Underfloor heating provides many benefits to the consumer, as it is one of the most energy-efficient heating systems available on the market. Under floor heating is highly efficient because it warms a room from the floor up, and uses radiant heating principles which are able to heat the objects in a room directly, rather than simply warming the air around objects. This kind of heating method reduces the amount of energy necessary to heat a home, which can save a homeowner a lot of money on yearly heating bills.
Unfortunately, the cost of a professional under floor heating system can be expensive. Installation is the largest cost associated with the use of the heating system because if often requires the use of an additional sub-floor to protect the pipes and wires under the floor. The expense of installation has brought about the trend of DIY installations, which can work for those familiar with electrical work. It is nearly impossible, however, to install a water-based radiant heating system yourself.
Finding resources online
If you are serious about installing underfloor heating in your home, then research is key. While there are many different sites that offer information about installing your own system, it is important to only use sources from reputable floor heating experts. In addition to sticking with professional sources, it is also important to note that most cities and counties require a professional electrician to inspect the installation and finish the final connections before you can use your new system.
While online diagrams of installed systems can be helpful, typically you will have to come up with your own unique diagram for your DIY system. The easiest way to do this is to make a scale drawing of your home onto graph paper, then plan the arrangement of the heating pipes based on the size of the pipes from your chosen heating source. The Self Builder has a list of several useful diagrams and professional information about underfloor heating that is useful in planning a new system.
UK Underfloor Heating also has several in-depth diagram examples that can provide insight into how to develop your own diagram. There are some other reputable sources for diagrams online as well, but it is important to only use sources from professional sites, as resources from unprofessional DIY builders may not follow the necessary code regulations.
If you have a desire to install your own underfloor heating system and a little DIY knowledge, you should be able to come up with your own energy-efficient, cost-effective, and legal underflooring heating system that will provide your home with heat for many years to come. Online sources can be a helpful resources in developing your own customized system for your house. You can also use the information provided by your flooring manufacturer to plan the installation for your home.
Sources: askthebuilder, cablewarm, underfloorheating, theselfbuilder