Benefits Of Under Floor Heating In A DIY Conservatory
A cost effective way to heat your conservatory all year round
Two types of under floor heating are available in this article we will discuss both options. Conservatory floors are classed as high heat loss areas so need to have 955 of the floor area covered. Under floor heating is a good solution for conservatories as it saves space and is an energy efficient source.
Electric under floor heating
There are two ways this can be installed through a cable system or matting. The wires are around 3mm in size and when powered they heat up. It is advisable to lay insulation boards on the sub floor first then the electric wiring on the top.
The electric floor heating system in the home will generate a comfortable surface temperature of 25 – 28 deg C. You may need to run it a few degrees higher than this to compensate for the heat loss in a conservatory.
Installing under floor heating will be more energy efficient than radiators in an average size conservatory which was used mainly at the weekends and winter evenings the cost to run would be around £80 – £100 per year (£8 per square meter)
All electrical work must be carried out by a qualified electrician
Water under floor heating.
Having basic DIY skills will not be enough to install the under water system you will require both a plumber and electrician to do this installation.
The under floor heating will run from either the boiler, heat pumps or solar panels and will run through pipes in the sub floor. This system is best suited for new builds like conservatories as the pipes need to be laid deeper in the floor.
The water under floor system may be cheaper to run over a life time compared to the electric option, but then this has to be balanced out against the installation costs of the water system which will be more expensive.
Installing under floor heating will bring you the following benefits;
Under floor heating is up to 15% more efficient than radiators. They work at a lower temperature and the heat is released evenly through the floor.
Reduces Energy Bills
Using under floor heating will save you money on your energy bills.
Suitable for all floors
Application of under floor heating is suitable for all flooring types, wood, stone, lino, laminate and carpet.
By using under floor heating you are saving wall space where a radiator normally would be fitted. This enables you to arrange your furniture more freely as there are no radiators to take into consideration.