Underfloor heating is by no means a new concept, yet it hasn’t seemed to become a common feature in the home. Radiators are still the most common heating system installed in houses, but they may not be the best or most efficient form of heating. Where underfloor heating is used, bathrooms are a popular choice to have them installed, however other rooms in the house can benefit from it too.
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of underfloor heating, to give a little insight into whether or not this type of heating system should be favoured over the radiator in your home.
The first benefit of an underfloor heating system is to do with installation. If you’re fairly confident with DIY you can get self-installation kits and set up the system by yourself, without the need to pay an expert to install it. This could save you a chunk of costs that could really add up if you have to get someone in to set up the system in a number of rooms.
Another advantage of underfloor heating is the efficiency of the system. As heat rises, having the heat source underneath the floor allows the room to heat through from bottom to top, rather than just from part way up the wall to the top. The heat spreads around the room easier too, instead of originating from only a portion of the room. This efficiency is great for keeping the room warm, as well as for the savings you’ll experience in energy costs (more so for the water-based systems). The floor being warm as you walk across it is also a nice benefit to experience, which you’ll particularly be grateful for in winter when your tiled floors are freezing!
As the room heats up and cools down more gradually in an underfloor system, it keeps the room at a consistent temperature, which can help prevent condensation and other related problems (e.g. mould), as well as keeping you warmer for longer.
Underfloor heating systems can also act as a minor space-saving tool, particularly where large radiators would otherwise take up a wall in the room. Whilst they aren’t the biggest culprits for taking up space, radiators can be quite bulky and free up a surprising amount of space once they are taken out of a room.
Whilst self-installation can be an advantage cost-wise of underfloor heating, installing the system can also be a drawback. If DIY isn’t for you, or you don’t want to risk the system being set up poorly, installing the system can be quite expensive. Not only do you have to pay for an expert to set up the system for you, the initial costs of buying the system can be high, particularly if you’re having it installed in multiple rooms.
Additionally, the running costs associated with underfloor heating can be expensive if you’re using an electric system. Whilst the energy/cost saving benefits are evident for the water underfloor heating systems, electric ones have proven to incur more costs for running over time. These costs are even greater for larger houses with more floor space to heat.
Despite its ability to keep rooms warmer for longer, underfloor heating takes longer to heat up than radiators. Therefore if the system isn’t set to automatically turn on for when you need it by, you could be waiting around in a cold house for a while before the warmth kicks in.
Unlike radiators, which can be easily used in any room, underfloor heating requires certain conditions for which it can be most beneficial. For example, rooms with a lot of fittings and furniture in may not be as suitable for underfloor heating use as more open rooms with a lot of accessible floor space. In addition, underfloor heating is its most efficient when used in a stone tiled room, and as such isn’t as effective in carpeted rooms. It must be set up differently to fit the type of flooring within the room, which can be difficult to get right, particularly when installing the system yourself.
Based in Worcester, Underfloor Heating Systems provide quality warm water underfloor heating. Their specialist team can install the system in your home, or offer advice if you want to install it yourself.