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Last Updated on December 4, 2020

5 Benefits of Underfloor Heating – Advantages & Disadvantages

Zac Houghton

Zac Houghton

Construction expert and founder of Loftera.

While conventional radiators are the most common device used to heat Britain’s homes, did you know that underfloor heating is an eco-friendlier, energy-saving method of warming you up this winter? In this article, we’ll detail the seven benefits of underfloor heating and explain why so many people are switching to this innovative solution.

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1. Lower Energy Usage

One of the best pros of underfloor heating is that it can be far more energy-efficient than typical radiators. This is because the heat is distributed evenly throughout the room, turning the floor itself into what is known as a ‘radiant heater’. As a result, the heater doesn’t have to be on for long at all before the whole room reaches the desired temperature, thus saving energy in the process.

Radiators only heat the areas they are located in, providing uneven temperatures with several cool areas in the room. As underfloor heaters are spread across the surface area of the flooring, they will maintain a balanced temperature and leave no random spots without warmth. On top of this, radiators need to hit a much higher temperature to heat a room than their underfloor counterparts and use much more energy in the process.

2. More Space in Your Home

The most obvious benefit of underfloor heating is that you won’t need any visible radiators whatsoever! While we’ve grown used to their presence in the home, radiators can be cumbersome, especially if the room is on the smaller end of the spectrum. With underfloor heating, your walls are free to do whatever you want with them, whether that is decoration or having a certain household item placed in front. It may seem like a small thing, but that freedom may go a long way when making your house a home.

3. A Better Experience

Radiators do the bare minimum when it comes to heating your home. That’s not to say they aren’t a viable option, but in regards to efficiency and comfort, underfloor systems are levels ahead of their older counterparts. For example, if in your living room you have a radiator located right next to your sofa, then it can get quite uncomfortable quickly.

This is because the heat is localised to one area and it gets far hotter than the temperature of an underfloor heater. So, instead of getting an evenly heated room, you get one spot that is far too hot and a huge portion of space that is too cold. On top of that, radiators can make the air dry and exacerbate existing health conditions such as asthma.

4. Little to No Maintenance

Underfloor heaters require very little in the way of maintenance as, once the initial installation is complete, there is virtually no further maintenance required. For electric underfloor heaters, servicing is a rare occurrence, though water systems will need the odd check-up to ensure everything is running properly. This makes them much better than boiler or electric-powered alternatives, as those older devices can suffer multiple breakdowns or malfunctions throughout their lifespan. Make sure to read more here on boiler service cost.

5. A Greater Degree of Control

Conventional radiators often rely on a single thermostat that will set the temperature for every room in the house, but underfloor heating systems can be much more specific. They operate using software that can regulate the heat in individual rooms. This prevents wasted energy, as rooms not in use needn’t be heated, and also saves you a bit of money. It allows for greater convenience too, as the control software can even be operated by a smartphone or tablet.

FAQ:

What are the types of underfloor heating?

There are two types of underfloor heating; electrical and water heaters. Electrical heaters use wiring across the surface area of the room in question and are quite easy to install. They can either be fitted in one section of a room or spread throughout. It’s a bit pricier than water, though this depends on your current electric’s supplier, so many only have a portion of the room covered to offset the cost. Either way, it’s still more economical than the alternative radiator. 

Water-base underfloor heating uses pipes instead of wires to warm your home, which is connected to the boiler. The downside here is that they are trickier to install than their electric counterparts and may not be applicable in certain properties. 

How much does it cost to install?

As with many household renovations, the cost of installing an underfloor heater depends on numerous factors, such as the build of the property and the type of system you want. If you’re after electric ones, then you’re looking at a price of £50-£75 per square metre for heating pads, whilst water systems will cost much more, ranging in the thousands. However, the running costs offset the expensive installation in the long run.  

Does underfloor heating use a lot of electricity?

As we’ve mentioned previously, underfloor heating uses much less electricity than other similar devices. As it utilizes the concept of radiant heat, the required temperature is lower and it takes less time to warm the room, thus making it energy efficient. One of the economic factors of underfloor heating is that it doesn’t make a massive difference to your electric bills.

Is it worth having underfloor heating? 

While the running costs of underfloor heating are far less than traditional radiators, installing them is quite expensive. Because of this, underfloor heating shouldn’t be considered as a money-saving option, instead, the reasoning behind purchasing such a system can be found in its convenience and efficiency. When you switch to this innovative method you get a cleaner, better heating system.

Switch Today for Future of Heating Solutions 

As there is essentially no maintenance to oversee, apart from the occasional check-up, you can rest easy once the installation is complete. Underfloor heating provides a more even temperature across the room, never dries the air and also offers the luxurious feel of warmth underneath your feet. While the overall cost might not be significantly less than traditional radiators, the product itself is much more desirable. Switch now to experience the next stage of home heating.

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