Underfloor heating is becoming increasingly popular in homes all around the UK. With the unpredictable weather and wet and windy conditions, new homeowners are choosing to install this flooring option as standard. However, how is underfloor heating tested and what do you need to know about installing this in your own home?
What is underfloor heating?
Underfloor heating is a flooring-based heating system that generates heat around the home, from below. Underfloor heating is a fantastic way to heat your home and can help to give a cosy and welcoming feel. Underfloor heating is provided in two different types. Water underfloor heating consists of a series of pipes laid beneath the flooring and connected to the boiler. These channel heat around the home. Electric underfloor heating is a similar concept but uses wires and should be installed by a qualified electrician.
Where can underfloor heating be used?
Underfloor heating can be used wherever you want it throughout your home. Typical areas for underfloor heating to be installed include bathrooms, kitchens and dining areas. These add comfort, warmth and a cosy underfoot feel in even the coldest of winter months. A newly popular place for underfloor heating to be installed is in conservatories. These can get extremely cold during winter and underfloor heating is a fantastic space-saving way of keeping the area warm without compromising on the decor or the aesthetics of the room itself. The temperature can then be controlled to suit your requirements.
How to test underfloor heating
Underfloor heating is tested at three different stages using an electric multimeter. Firstly, you should ensure that the system is tested as soon as it is opened and before being installed. This will prevent any problems down the line. Secondly, when the product has been laid. This will ensure that there has been no damage done to the pipes or wires during installation and can prevent flooring having to be ripped up at a later date. Thirdly, a final test should be performed after the installation has been fully completed. This is to ensure that there is no damage, errors or potential issues for the homeowners down the line.
What to know before you buy
When considering purchasing underfloor heating, you need to think about a few key points. Firstly, what sort of area are you looking to cover with underfloor heating? Secondly, what type of underfloor heating are you going to install? There is water-based underfloor heating and electric underfloor heating, so you should consider which will work best for your home and family life.
Next, you should seek out some reputable underfloor heating companies and start to request some free quotes. This will give you a good idea as to whether the proposed costs match up with your budget. Be sure to check out company references and ‘check a trade’ rating on google to ensure that nothing is untoward. Once you have found a reasonable quote and a trusted supplier, it is time to get your underfloor heating installed!
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