Different types of underfloor heating

Different types of underfloor heating

Underfloor heating is a simple way to create luxury in your home. Always having warm feet on cold winter mornings can make the long Nordic winter more pleasant. Underfloor heating also means that you can dispense with ugly wall-mounted radiators and turn down the temperature in the rest of the house by a couple of degrees, because the floor heats the entire space.

There are different types of underfloor heating to choose from: water-based, air source and electric.

Underfloor heating can be used beneath vinyl, laminate, wood parquet flooring and tiles, but it is not suitable for solid wood floors.

Water-based underfloor heating

Hot water is led through pipes of copper, steel or polyethylene that are embedded in concrete slabs under the floor. Water-based systems are also available for wooden joists, where modules of foam plastic and sheet aluminium are laid on a sub-floor or rest on the wooden joist.

The system can be connected to a variety of heat sources such as geothermal heating, solar heating or pellet stoves, but if you have radiators with circulating water, you can convert them to water-based underfloor heating.

Electric underfloor heating

There are four types of electric underfloor heating: trace heating cables, underfloor heating panels, low voltage and self-regulating underfloor heating. Trace heating cables are the most common and do not take up much space.

Pergo’s underfloor heating system, Quickheat, consists of mats with inbuilt heating coils which you can just roll out and click together without the need for an electrician. You only have to install the thermostat and safety box on the wall and plug it in. It is best to lay Pergo laminate or wood flooring on top of Quickheat.

Air source underfloor heating

With air source underfloor heating, hot air is led through ventilation pipes embedded in the underlying concrete slabs, and the hot air is driven by a fan system. Although currently unusual in homes, this is used in some new-builds.

  • Underfloor heating can be used under vinyl, laminate, wood parquet flooring and tiles
  • Water-based, electric and air source underfloor heating systems are available
  • Pergo Quickheat is easy to lay yourself without the need for an electrician
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