Underfloor heating experts in Hampshire
We’ve been working with homeowners across Hampshire to install water-based underfloor heating systems for over a decade. We know what works, and our team has the attention to detail required to deliver a finish of outstanding quality.
There is no denying that underfloor heating adds a touch of luxury to your home, and it can be a cost-effective way to heat it too. Sitting underneath almost any type of flooring, water-based underfloor heating does away with the need for radiators in bathrooms, kitchens and any other rooms you decide to install it in.
Skan Plumbing & Heating engineers are fully qualified to install these modern heating systems via a series of pipes connected to your boiler, or to a solar water heating system.
How does underfloor
There are two types of underfloor heating:
- A dry system which uses electric coils, and
- A wet system which pumps warm water through a series of pipes hidden under the floor.
Both work on the principle of hot air rising. Our team of plumbers and electricians are trained to install water-based underfloor heating (sometimes called hydronic systems), which uses a series of pipes to carry water, all of which are connected to your boiler (or an alternative heat source).
Is water-based underfloor
heating for me?
Yes, if you want to:
- Improve the aesthetics in your home
- Have even heat distribution
- Reduce your energy consumption
- Maximise your space in any room
We tend to work with clients to install underfloor heating systems during times of renovation or build – this ensures all pipe work can be laid correctly and often be embedded into new concrete floors. However, retrofitting is also possible and we’re always up for a challenge, so do contact us for an initial discussion regardless of your situation.
Where should I have underfloor heating?
Underfloor heating is an efficient way to heat almost any room, including large areas. It also operates at a lower temperature to radiators and works particularly well with stone and tile flooring.
A recent Which? survey asked where people had installed underfloor heating:
- Kitchen – 75%
- Living room – 67%
- Hallway – 56%
- Bathroom – 42%
A water-based underfloor system should be installed by a professional and our team will recommend which room(s) in your house might be suitable for it.
In principle, these systems should be maintenance-free for many years. However, we do advise checking:
- Pressure in the heating system – it may be necessary to refill the system as winter approaches to ensure it works efficiently.
- For air bubbles – a major bubble can disturb circulation, so water-based underfloor heating systems should be bled from time to time.
- Time between refills – if the refill frequency increases it could be time to check for leakage.
Things to consider
In our professional opinion, the pros more than outweigh the cons, but it is worth flagging that one of the downsides of underfloor heating systems can be the installation cost. This can vary dramatically depending on where and when you’re looking to install it. The optimal time is when you’re having work done on a floor (or are yet to lay one at all!) however there are water-based systems that can be retro-fitted over an existing floor.
It is also worth noting that once installed, there may be certain very heavy items of furniture that aren’t suitable to sit on top of the system, but our team can tell you more about that.
Underfloor heating can be an amazing addition to any home, but it is important that you work with reputable tradespeople from the outset. We can lay the heating mats, cabling and insulation, and our electricians can attach your system and connect it to the thermostat.
Fixing installation mistakes can be a very expensive and time-consuming task, so we’d advise working with highly skilled plumbers, such as our team here at Skan Plumbing & Heating from day one.