The underfloor heating system is one way to have an energy efficient, reliable, and safe heating system. It’s one of the coziest to keep any home warm and a very luxurious treat for any family. Regardless of the type of heating installation, you’re planning to install, here’s a guide to help you.
Keep The Subfloor Clean Before Installing the Heating Pipe
Most pipes used in heating installations are made of durable materials. However, this shouldn’t excuse anyone from making sure their subfloor is safe and clean. Before installing the pipes, make sure to have a contractor clean the subfloor, to even out any jagged edges. Jagged edges may damage the pipes and potentially cause you a lot of trouble.
Even if the subfloor will not be visible, it’s still necessary to make sure it’s properly cleaned. Besides cleaning subfloors, laying a damp-proof membrane on the subfloor is also helpful. The extra layer between the pipes and subfloor can help insulate and even out any problems.
Install The Floor Heater with The Assistance of an Expert
Floor heating systems appear simple, but they are the opposite. Although some people can do the work by themselves, make sure to enlist the help of an expert if you’re unsure of what to do. There are various steps necessary for you to remember for different systems, and you might unnecessarily cause problems if you’re unaware of the process.
Wet systems require a different method of installations. A standard error faced by most in the installation process is putting the manifold later on in the process. Manifolds should be installed first before anything else. Here are other things to remember when installing the manifolds:
- Account for the weight of the unit;
- Don’t forget about the weight of the pipes;
- Choose a proper mounting site.
On the other hand, electric underfloor heating follows a different process. Moreover, for this type of system, it would always be better to get a qualified electrician to do the job. The electrician needs to ensure the wiring and connections of the electric heating system.
Be Mindful of Your Materials
A critical factor in having an effective underfloor system is knowing what your final flooring should be. People should be mindful that not all final flooring materials can withstand too much heat and pressure. Some materials such as vinyl, carpet, and laminated wood aren’t able to endure too much heat. As a result, this can damage both your final flooring and system and will cost a lot of money in the future.
Another critical factor that needs to be considered is choosing a good insulation board. Many people tend to prefer inexpensive floorboards, but only regret the decision later on. If there’s anything that anyone should pick adequately, it’s the insulation board. A sound insulation board can save anyone a lot of money and energy in the future because they have the following effects:
- Reduced the need to use the floor heating system all the time because of good insulation;
- Maximizes and contains heat for a more extended period;
- Increases energy savings
Plan and Measure the Dimensions of Your Space
The essential step that needs to be done in planning and measuring out the areas for installation. Knowing the dimensions of the space can speed up the whole installation process. There are several areas which need to be considered, especially those which have underfloor pipes as well as bathrooms. The importance of planning and mapping out the area reduces any heating damage during the installation process, to any of your furniture or fixtures.
It’s also important to test out the underfloor heating system at all stages of the installation. You want to make sure that everything is running correctly, and discover the problem at the early stage. Moreover, it can be hard to determine where and what the problem is if you don’t check the system regularly.
Floor heating systems are used in every home. Installed correctly, it could be an excellent cost-efficient system in comparison to other heat generating machines. Knowing what to watch out and prepare for before installation is critical, especially in cutting down costs in the long run. Always seek the help of a professional in every step of the way.