Safe, discreet, and energy efficient heating for your home
Healthier and more economical than radiators!
Underfloor heating is pure luxury in your home – imagine a lovely warm bathroom floor on a chilly morning!
But apart from warm toes, underfloor heating has so many great benefits.
- The heat feels more natural than radiators. The whole room receives heat, which rises naturally and circulates. It’s not dependent on one heat source like a radiator.
- It’s not intrusive – there are no radiators in the way, restricting how you can use your room.
- It’s economical, because the water doesn’t need to be heated to as high a temperature as for radiators.
- It’s safe, particular if you have young children, as there are no exposed hot pipes or panels.
- It’s healthy! With radiators, dust is blown around the room on a current of hot air. You don’t get that with underfloor heating.
Two types of underfloor heating systems
- Wet underfloor heating systems run on hot water, piped in coils underneath the surface of the floor. This is a good option for new build and refurbishment projects, and for more extensive areas.
- Dry underfloor heating systems run on electricity. Electric cables are laid in a coil pattern under the floor, which heat up when they receive electrical power. This is a popular choice for smaller installations and for retrospective fitting.
Run your underfloor heating with solar power!
Underfloor heating works brilliantly in combination with renewable energy sources. A great idea is to use the electricity generated by solar PV panels to power your electric underfloor heating – a luxurious and sustainable heating solution for your home!
Cooks – experienced Devon underfloor heating installers
Because our team at Cooks are experts in both plumbing and electrical installations, we can you give you informed and unbiased advice about which underfloor system will work best for you.
We supply and install all the major underfloor heating brands on the market, many of which come with long guarantees for your peace of mind.
And because we install more than just underfloor heating, we can advise you on a whole range of renewables to help make your home cosier and more energy efficient.
Call today to ask for a free quote for underfloor heating.
Here are some of the questions we’re often asked about underfloor heating. Get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to answer any other questions you have!
Is it just for new homes, or can I retrofit underfloor heating?
For new homes or renovations it’s easier to plan and install the system while the home is being built. But it is quite possible to install underfloor heating retrospectively – usually the electric cable variety. Some people like to put it in just one or two areas of the house, such as under the kitchen or bathroom tiles, for warm feet on a cold morning!
Installing underfloor heating retrospectively may involve removing the floor – or sometimes it’s possible to place the electric cabling on the existing floor and add a new floor on top (raising the overall level of the floor slightly). Speak to our energy consultants and we’ll be happy to advise you.
Does underfloor heating work with wooden floors?
Underfloor heating will work with most floor surfaces, including wood and laminate, carpet, vinyl, stone and slate. But each has different insulating properties which need to be taken in account when planning the system and the floor covering.
Wood is not a good conductor of heat, so the temperature in the underfloor heating pipes needs to be slightly higher, to allow the heat to effectively reach the room. Seek advice from our experts about this.
What happens if underfloor heating goes wrong?
Firstly, it’s not usual to put any joins in the pipes below the floor, so don’t worry about water leaks. To repair underfloor heating the engineer will probably have to lift the floor covering and floorboards – but most people’s central heating pipework for radiators runs under the floor anyway, so there’s little difference. If the underfloor heating pipes are buried in a screed floor then yes, it can be difficult to access and repair without some disruption. Rest assured though that many underfloor heating systems do come with long guarantees.
How does underfloor heating differ from conventional central heating?
An underfloor heating system behaves in a different way to central heating. It takes longer for rooms to heat up, but longer to cool down too. You don’t put underfloor heating on for ‘a quick blast’ of heat – it’s more of a slow and steady approach. That’s why it can be useful to use underfloor heating in combination with another heat source too.