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What Features Should You Pay Attention to When Buying Underfloor Heating?

Underfloor heating is a relatively new invention and because of that, many people are confused about the type of things they should be considering when buying it. If this sounds familiar, then you should find this article useful. Today, we are going to look at the three most important features that you should be looking for when buying underfloor heating.


Is the product safe?

Before you look to anything else, you have to make sure that the underfloor heating that you purchase is safe to use. Now, there are two different types of underfloor heating. First, is wet underfloor heating, which uses underfloor plastic tubing, and the second is electric underfloor heating, which uses underfloor heating mats


Whenever you by underfloor heating products, regardless of the type, you need to check two different numbers:


  1. The ISO standard number. This is the international organisation for standardization and it sets out rules and regulations about the safety of different products. The ISO number shows that the product conforms to international standards.  When you are researching the ISO number, make sure that it relates to safety, as there are different types of standardisation.


  1. The EN or BS number. These numbers relate to either British Standards or European standards, which Govern standards in the UK and the EU. You will normally find that a number is the same for both the EN and the BS.  For example, the number for radiator heat output standards is BS EN 442. This is because the EU and British standards are identical in most cases, except for where the fixtures and fittings at vary. 


Does the underfloor heating produce adequate heat for the space?

Just as you need to ensure that your radiators can produce enough heat for your room, you also need to make sure that your underfloor heating can do the same. There is no point installing it if it cannot maintain a reasonable temperature. Check how many British thermal units/Watts of energy the heating can produce in an hour. You then match this figure to the requirements of the room.


It is very important here that you read the instructions concerning the thickness of the floor. If the floor is too thick or it is too well insulated, the heat will not be able to rise through the Flooring into the room. In that case, even if you have made sure that the heating can produce enough heat, it won't be able to pass that heat into the room. So just, be aware of insulation issues with underfloor heating. If in doubt, contacts and underfloor heating specialist because they will be able to advise you on the suitability for your floor. 


How easy is the system to install? 

With the underfloor heating mats, many people choose to install them themselves because it is a relatively straightforward DIY job. People with a good amount of DIY knowledge can easily fit their own floor. However, with the wet systems, the installation is harder and it involves the central heating boiler. This is definitely best left to be experts. When thinking about which type of heating to buy, consider how you want to install it. Clearly, using an installation service will cost you more. However, wet systems are generally cheaper to run long term, so even with installation costs; the long-term costs are likely to be more expensive with the electric underfloor heating. 


We hope that you have found this article useful and that you now have a good idea about the sort of things you should be considering when buying underfloor heating.