Underfloor heating is a great option for most any homeowner, but before you install this type of heating, you need to understand what factors to take into consideration and how to best complete the project.
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If you want underfloor heating in your home because you have heard of all of the benefits that it offers, then it’s important that you make sure that it is installed correctly the first time. This type of flooring, while it is a great choice for most any home, is very expensive if you do not complete the work correctly. Make sure that you know what to consider during design and installation for the best results.
Know Your Heat Source
You have to know what kind of system you are going to install before you get started. Make sure that you know the pros and cons of a hot water underfloor heating system with or without a pump and which type will work better with your size house.
Obtain a Heat Loss Calculation
You have to make sure that you understand your heat loss calculation so that you know how much heat you will need in your home to reach the temperatures that you desire. Without this information you may use more cables and power than you really need, which can be not only expensive, but also bad for the environment.
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Don’t Set the Water Temperature to Lower Than the Dew Point
Never set your water temperature to be lower than the dew point. This will result in your floor condensing, and water pooling on the floor. It’s important that you make sure that the temperature flow is above the dew point at all times so that you don’t have to deal with wet feet.
Don’t Use No Expansion Joints
Your floor will naturally expand and contract, and you have to make an allowance for this movement, or you will have cracks in your floor. If you don’t use expansion joints, then your floor will not be able to move, and you will suffer from unsightly cracks. Make sure that you choose expansion joints to protect the integrity and appearance of your floor.
Underfloor heating is a great option for many homeowners, but to make sure that it will work for you and your family, you have to install it correctly. Consider these do’s and don’ts when installing your new underfloor heating so that you can enjoy the best possible results and won’t have problem with your new heating system.