Underfloor heating is a brilliant way to keep your home warm. It’s lovely to walk on a cold winter day, it distributes heat evenly around each corner of the home, and it also frees your walls from radiators, allowing you to create a minimalist look if you wish.
Underfloor heating is a great alternative to traditional radiators or hot-air heating systems, the question is underfloor heating, is it all it’s cracked up to be? So let look at the pros and cons.
A Brief explanation to underfloor heating:
The way under floor heating works is by pumping heat around a heat exchanger in the floor for it to be released over a period of time; it works in conjunction with the home thermostat and will only provide heat when the room temperate drops below a set level. It’s important to remember that it can take a while to heat up the room, especially if you are used to traditional heating system.
The best thing with underfloor heating is that it’s hidden away and out of view, taking away the bulkiness of radiators. Another benefit is that it also even distribution of heat, it’s a fairly efficient way to heat a room.
Installation can be used on all sort of flooring, including vinyl, laminate, stone and ceramic. It will also work on carpet, however it wise to keep it up to 1.5 tog as otherwise it could actually absorb most of the heat before it enter the room.
If you decide to go with electric underfloor heating, a great benefit is that it can be powered from the national grid, solar panels and wind turbine. Using renewable energy sources means you are maximising the efficiency of your system, thus reducing fuel bills and eliminating carbon emissions.
The biggest problem with this is the cost as it can be expensive and difficult to install. With your bills being lower, you are unlikely to earn your initial cost.
If you are wishing to install in older building, creating the right conditions can take extra time and cause major upheaval.
Due to lower winter temperatures, the underfloor heating system will take longer to heat a room, so a good idea is to combine it with a timer.