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False water underfloor heating myths

Underfloor heating expert, David van Duijvenvoorde, has dispelled some common myths about water underfloor heating.

Writing for, Duijvenvoorde says that underfloor heating accounts for only 7.7% of heating systems in the UK. There are several common beliefs that put off consumers from installing this type of heating – beliefs that aren’t true.

The first belief is that underfloor heating is hard to install. This is especially untrue, as underfloor heating is, in fact, easier to install than radiator-based heating systems. Water underfloor heating uses flexible pipes and can be installed in less than a day in an average-sized home.

Some people think that underfloor heating is expensive to run, but it is actually an energy-efficient system that saves money on power bills. When installed with smart heating technology, heat pumps or solar panels, underfloor heating is very economical. Smart meters make sure that heating is only used in rooms that are occupied. Underfloor heating also adds value to a home and can attract potential buyers.

Water underfloor heating has a large network of pipes, and some people fear that they could leak. However, provided the installer has pressure tested the system after pipes have been laid, and that they have promptly laid screed or floor coverings to prevent damage, there is no danger from leaks.

Many households start by installing underfloor heating in the bathroom or kitchen, and once they have enjoyed the benefits, they often go on to add underfloor heating to living spaces and bedrooms.