Adding a loft or conservatory? Or are you lucky enough to be working on a new build? There could never be a better time to add even more value to your property by installing underfloor heating. It’s cheaper, more efficient, greener than traditional alternatives like radiators or gas fires and saves on heating bills.
Infra Red underfloor heating mats are even better value considering the speed and ease of installation, running cost savings, efficiency and health benefits with the reduction of indoor pollution and zero change to the levels of oxygen or humidity in your new space.
Naturally your new project will bring up the usual issues such as which floor surface is the best to maximise heat transfer? As well as the aesthetic consideration, i.e. what’s going to look best and impress everybody? The latter, being a matter of taste, is entirely subjective but not having hazardous radiators take up room as an eyesore must surely be a good start.
The most common surface finishings are either tiles or wood and when making your choice you need to choose flooring which offers good conductivity. This is one of the reasons why infrared heating mats are suited for either underfloor, wall or ceiling installation. Carpets are a poor choice of covering for infrared underfloor heating mats and limit the amount of heat produced. So in carpeted areas e.g. bedrooms we would suggest wall or ceiling installation for maximum warmth.
Ideally, tile, stone or laminate flooring are best because of their high thermal conductivity. This is especially true in areas with large amounts of glazing such as conservatories where heat loss is an issue. Tile or stone floors retain heat well and continue to emit heat even when the heating in that area is turned off.
If you’re going to opt for natural wood flooring then it might be wise to use engineered wood up to a maximum thickness of 10mm which responds better to changes in temperature than solid wood as it’s been treated and manufactured to do so. Engineered wood flooring is thick enough for a superb looking and luxurious finish but thin enough to conduct heat from the floor upwards with little resistance or danger of flexing.
Naturally, it’s always wise to consult with the wooden floor manufacturer if opting for solid wood just to make sure that underfloor heating will not be a problem.