Underfloor heating can be a clever, efficient way to heat your home without having to allow space for radiators in your room designs. However, they can be a huge amount of effort and hassle to install and can also be very expensive, so it’s important to know what you’re getting into before you commit. Underfloor heating is fast becoming the preferred option when heating new buildings or property refurbishments. More and more trade professionals are being asked about installations and plenty of DIY-ers are taking the task on themselves!
- There are 2 different kinds of underfloor heating: water and electric. As a general rule water is more complicated and expensive to install but cheaper to run and electric is cheaper to install but more expensive to run. Although this is dependent on the room you’re heating.
- Underfloor heating can work with almost all types of flooring, including stone, tile, wooden or even carpeted surfaces! This gives you a good range of design options and also is a good solution for the cold, unforgiving nature of stone floor. However, be careful of the set up costs. Generally it’s better to install your underfloor heating system to coincide with getting a new floor or other updates.
- Radiators can heat up to high temperatures very quickly. However, underfloor heating is more gradual and generally runs at lower temperatures. With traditional radiators the heat is quickly dispersed upwards and away from the desired area, whereas an underfloor heating system will warm your room evenly.
- With an underfloor heating system, the source is hidden away under the floor. This makes it perfect for any design of home from traditional to modern and it will give you far more options with the rest of the room. You might miss having radiators to hang towels on or warming specific areas.
- Underfloor heating uses energy more efficiently that most radiator systems. This can help to reduce the carbon footprint of your house. Making it perfect for the eco-conscious home owner.