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Underfloor heating is the oldest form of central heating, the Romans used a type called hypocausts, which heated buildings and baths. Today’s form is becoming increasingly popular in the UK due to its economic running costs and a greater level of comfort than traditional radiator systems.
There are two types of underfloor heating. It can be either a system that pumps warm water through piping under the floor (a ‘wet’ system) or electric coils placed under the floor (a ‘dry’ system). Taking advantage of the basic principle that heat rises, warmth from under the floor is radiated into the room.
Electric systems are laid directly under floor finishes and various flexible heating elements can be used such as cable or cable/mesh mats. They are generally easier to install than wet systems and the power consumption is based on wattage output rather than voltage output that is produced by the heating element.
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