WHAT IS UNDER FLOOR HEATING SYSTEM?

There is a lot of misinformation about insulation when it comes to the installation of the floor heating Calgary. The most common misconception is that, as heat travels upwards to the floor heating system heats everything from the floor up. So one should one bear the extra cost of installing a floor heating system? Sometimes the aggressive marketing skills also make people sceptic about whether the cost is worth undertaking.

However, floor heating  Calgary  systems are once in a lifetime investment and absolutely worth it. Some people are discontent with their floor heating system as they do not realize that heat loss takes place through insulated floors. If your floor is carpeted you can lose up to 15%of the heat. In case you have raised floors with exposed floorboards, you can end up losing around 22% of the heat. So here are a few misconceptions that exist about underfloor insulation.

How does underfloor insulation work?

Underfloor insulation is just like a warm blanket under the floor. During winters it creates an insulated air pocket which keeps the air inside warm. In summers, it keeps your house cool and while preventing air draughts.

What are the different types of insulations that you can choose from?

When using under the floor heating system, it is not a good idea to cut corners. Insulation materials in Canada have the R or RSI Values so it is easier to choose the one which is best suited to your needs. The higher the value, the more heat resistant the material is. Some of the common floor materials for under the floor insulation are:

  1. Fibreglass: It has an R-value which ranges from 3.0-3.7 and the sheets are 48 inches long. It is the most readily available and commonly used material.
  2. Mineral Wool: With a slightly lower R-value ranging from 2.8-3.7, it is more soundproof and has better fire resistance.
  3. Polystyrene: These are waterproof boards which can be installed anywhere in the house. Made of extruded polystyrene, they are waterproof and extremely ideal for floor heating systems.

How to install?

If you are redoing the entire floor, the only option available to you is to lay the insulation on top of the concrete. However, if you have suspended timber flooring, installing the insulation system is pretty easy and can save you the labour cost. In the case of solid floors, installation can be a little more tricky.

Some houses or rooms have a lower ceiling than the others. In such a case installing underfloor heating system can mean raising the height of the floor. If such a situation arises it is better to check with the local building codes. However, your installer might recommend you to do away with floor heating in totality and use a reflective heat primer instead. This is not ideal.