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Underfloor Heating DIY

Underfloor Heating systems are special systems, providing out of sight heating under any type of floor surface: under tile, under carpet, under wood, under screed and any natural stone, slate or marble.

These heating system poses no harm/damage to any of these floor surfaces nor to your budget, health or environment. The lifespan durability of this heating system lasts as long as your floor. Installing underfloor heating is the BEST durable investment you can make/add to your property and lifestyle. With a clean neat installation of no more than 1 – 2mm thick under your floor surface, heat is distributed evenly throughout your room/s which is regulated by the sensory thermostat that you have preset for your comfort.

Underfloor heating is the most healthiest option to heat your home. It is perfect for allergy and asthma sufferers and anti air-conditioning individuals who suffer headaches and sinusitus. It is environment friendly as it does not dry the air nor produce any fumes as per wood and gas fireplaces. There is no exposure of any heated elements or flames which could cause harm. Underfloor heating is economical as heat silently rises to warm your home with no thought to cost as it is so much cheaper to run than conventional heating. Heat is spread evenly to such an extent in the room, deleting the usual warm area/cold area, resulting in comfort throughout and still cost effective and pleasantly felt. Long after it has been switched off the heating system can still be felt making it a great investment. Underfloor heating systems are safe as they are installed with the thermostats that are preset by you and will never overheat and may be left on continuously. It is completely user friendly as the heating system is controlled by the isolator (on/off switch) connected to a temperature controller (thermostat). Underfloor heating is totally waterproof and is used in kitchens, bathrooms with no concern as it is earthed per SABS regulations.

Be warned: Things you need to know. Heating wires should be placed 6-7cm apart. Wires should be fluorocarbon-polymer coated and not PVC. If it is PVC, your heating system will melt lasting for maximum of 5 years only. Heating requirements is measured per room size ensuring proper kilowatts to heat up sooner minimizing electrical consumption costs. Wires should be double insulated as per regulation. Quality materials are to be used to ensure the proper binding of heating system for future security of floor surface. Each thermostat should have its own isolator as per regulation and fitted by an approved electrician. The beauty of Underfloor heating is that it is completely hidden yet surely felt with minimum fuss and cost to you. It is also a great energy saver as a range of latest energy saving thermostats are available.