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julian (at) bellevue-barn (dot) org (dot) uk
Yes, you can BUT unless you insulate DOWNWARDS as well, you will lose
more heat downwards than upwards if you see what I mean. and also in
order to get THROUGH the carpet etc you have to run at a higher floor
temperature than e.g. slates or tiles - or even laminate. This reduces
the efficiency a fair bit and needs to be thought about in the design.
Ideal is stone, tiles or laminate with thin rugs. Or wood boards. But
beware warping! Parquet is probably as good as it gets!
The key is to have the downwards insulation ten timje or more better
than teh upwards, so that you only lose 10% downwards. Well thtas a very
simplistic view, but serves to illustrate the point.
More or less, some types of flooring don't like the raised
temperature but any modern flooring material will state if its
suitable for UF heating.
Yes it does - but it isn't a very good one and in practice makes no
noticeable difference. We have carpets, tiles and wood on various
floors in the house and all work. All have been tested and approved
for heat by the cats.
Ah the best test of all, the cat test. Just looking at an old video of a
holiday in S Ireland on a farm with stables. A flowerpot with soil sitting
on a sunny window had seven kittens piled into it. Every so often one
would struggle from the bottom of the heap and pile back on top. V cute.
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