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We are electric under floor heating specialists in West Yorkshire installing underfloor heating systems on both tiled and oak engineered finished flooring systems.
Our underfloor heating systems are tailor made to suit your room and come complete with an electronic wifi smart controller for ease of control.
How much does Underfloor Heating Cost to run?
MPS underfloor heating systems, installation and running costs vary depending on the size and scope of the project, the desired heat out-put and the daily / seasonal usage of the system.
The most important thing that effects running costs is insulation. The insulation of the floor, roof, walls and windows.
Height of room
Rooms with vaulted ceilings need more energy to heat them up due to the higher volume of air. However underfloor heating is much more effective at heating rooms with high ceilings when compared to radiators. The heat of the radiators (convectional) tends to heat the top of the room before it reaches the bottom. Underfloor heating actually heats the area where people stand and sit making it more fuel efficient.
What Flooring is Suitable for Underfloor Heating and Why?
If you already have underfloor heating or are thinking about installing it, then you will want to know which floor types are compatible.
There are different types of underfloor heating systems: electric and water. Although they work in slightly different ways, they both heat the floor from underneath. It is really important that you know which type of floors can and can’t be used with underfloor heating system.
Some types of finished flooring have been specifically designed and tested to ensure that they can cope with the constant changes in temperature.
If you use the wrong type of flooring then it may become damaged and irreparable as it will not be able to withstand the heat from underneath and the joints will split open. Here are some types of flooring that we would recommend using with underfloor heating:
Underfloor Heating and Hardwood Flooring
If you have underfloor heating and want hardwood flooring then you must use Engineered hardwood has been designed and made in such a way to give the planks of flooring dimensional stability. This stability will allow your floor to expand and contract with the daily changes in temperature from underfloor heating. Never use solid wood flooring with underfloor heating. because planks of solid wood are not stable enough to deal with the changes in temperature and can become severely damaged.
Engineered hardwood flooring looks exactly the same as solid wood flooring once you have installed it. The top part of the floor is made from solid wood, but the underneath has base layers which give strength and stability. You will easily be able to find an engineered hardwood floor to complement you are or space. There are many different species of wood, grain patterns, colours, plank sizes and surface finishes to choose from.
Tips for using Underfloor Heating
- Decide which underfloor heating system is best for you. Either water based or electrical.
- Always have your underfloor heating system fitted by a professional.
- The whole room or area should have under floor heating, not just part of it. Otherwise your floor may become damaged as it will be heating to different temperatures.
- If you are using an underlay, make sure it is one that it specifically designed for underfloor heating systems.
- If your underfloor heating is new, make sure the screed has fully dried and been tested correctly with a moisture meter before laying your floor.
- Check with the flooring instructions on the correct way to install your particular flooring over underfloor heating.
- Never use nails or screws during the installation of your floor. They could puncture the underfloor heating pipes.
- Always leave an expansion gap of at least 10mm around the edge of the room, when fitting your flooring.
- Never exceed the maximum temperature, as outlined in the underfloor heating and flooring guidelines.
- The maximum surface temperature of your wood or bamboo floor should not exceed 26ºC.