Just as with any home improvement product, underfloor heating systems are available from many sources, and there are just as many different configurations depending on the technology each maker uses in the construction of their product. Finding not only a cost efficient and reliable system, but also a contractor that will install it flawlessly and at a competitive price can be an overwhelming task for the average homeowner. One of the best sources is talking to neighbors, family members, and friends that have had this heating appliance installed in their home previously. They can alert you to what they would have done differently, and if their current system is living up to their expectations.
People in the southern region of the United States are slowly starting to embrace under floor heating as an alternative to central heat or forced air heating. The chances of finding enough people in your area to discuss this topic may be a lot slimmer than our neighbors to the extreme north. Fortunately the internet puts everyone within reach, and you can join a home improvement forum, or other similar message board that people will share their experience with various models, and what they had to overcome to have a working before the underfloor heating installation could occur in their home.
First you should go visit local retailers to see what is available, taking notes all the while, and then looking up this information when you return home, to see what others are saying about the products that you just reviewed. Everything sounds good in the store, but what counts is after the product is installed, and how well it works in your home. There are always going to be pessimists on these message boards, but overall you should be able to get an idea of which heating system to gravitate towards purchasing.
One of the best ways to gather quite a bit of information at one time is to attend large home improvement expos in your area – They will have the underfloor heating systems set up to demonstrate, and while checking out their products, you can ask them about any special situations you have concerning your home. After the show, get back on the computer and search for these products and their respective reviews as well. This will arm you with enough information to make an intelligent choice about which system and new flooring to purchase for your home. You may want to snap some digital photos of the demonstration areas to remind you of certain features that interested you at them time.