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How does underfloor heating work?

17th Sep 2021

How does underfloor heating work?

Underfloor heating is a wonderful way to keep your home warm and toasty. Underfloor heating is a system installed under the floor surface that heats the whole space without using radiators or other exposed elements. The system enables you to maintain a constant temperature throughout the room, regardless of how cold it is outside.

Floor heating offers greater benefits in terms of comfort and energy efficiency. This type of system is also ecologically sustainable. The benefits of underfloor heating are immense, and you'll struggle to find a single reason it should be avoided.

So, how does underfloor heating work?

Firstly there are two types of underfloor heating:
1. Electric Underfloor Heating
Electric floor heating is a rapidly developing technology in the heating industry. It's a great option especially as it is cost-effective, energy-efficient, space-saving and allergen friendly. Those are just a few of the many benefits of underfloor heating. 

Here at FHK, we have two types of electric floor heating:

Heating Mat: 
The mat design features a traditional style twin in-screed and under tile floor heating cable pre-attached to a nylon mat with tape strips for fixing to a clean substrate. The fabricated mat heater offers a reduced installation time. And removes the need for steel mesh, cable &/or floor fixings and the risk of hot and cold spots across the floor as a result of inconsistent spacing of loose heating cables. The mat doesn’t raise floor levels and it can be installed as a DIY project. The thermostat used to control the system needs an electrician as only a certified electrician can make the electrical connections and connect the thermostat to the underfloor heating system.
Best used for: residential or commercial under most floor surfaces for example tiles, stone, timber, engineered flooring

In Slab underfloor heating Cable:
With FHK In Slab Cable 30, you can design your concrete floors to be as warm and functional as they are attractive. The In-Slab Cable offers total flexibility for installation, and when connected to an off-peak electrical supply, heat can be stored in the slab for later release at a greatly reduced running cost. Other heating applications include ice & snow melting on patios, pavements and driveways.
Best used for: In slab storage heating in concrete floors...

2. Hydronic Underfloor Heating
Hydronic floor heating systems are typically more energy-efficient and safer than forced-air systems. A hydronic system consists of pipes that carry hot water to every room in the house through an insulated network of pipes running through the slab. The pipes are normally laid into the structural subfloor.

Best for: Especially suitable for new developments and larger refurbishment projects where the rise in floor levels can be accommodated for.

Both floor heating systems are controlled by a smart thermostat such as our PTVM-810 Touch Screen Programmable Thermostat. Smart thermostats effectively manage your underfloor heating and you can set a schedule of when your floor system turns on and off throughout the day and what temperature you prefer.

Underfloor heating is the ultimate solution for those looking to beat the cold. Heated floors are a comforting addition to any room in your home.

One of the most common questions we hear from homeowners considering a switch to underfloor heating is "how much power will I need?" The answer, as with so many things in life, depends on your needs. To find out more about what are the electrical requirements for my FHK Under Floor Heating system click here.

To work out what underfloor heating system is best for your floors. Click Here