Underfloor heating is big news and is currently installed in hundreds of thousands of homes in the UK as well as public buildings such as luxury spas and canal boat B&B’s. Originating from the Roman Empire, underfloor heating is the principle of transforming the floor into a large radiator to provide a comfortable surface temperature as heat rises from the floor in order to warm the whole room. With it vastly growing in popularity, a lot of people know how it works but what exactly are some of the many benefits to underfloor heating? Here are 10 reasons why you should ditch the slippers this winter and allow underfloor heating to warm your heart…
1. YOU WON’T NEED TO WORK YOUR INTERIOR DESIGN AROUND YOUR RADIATORS
Underfloor heating works by essentially turning your floor into one large radiator. Hidden away by the floor coverings, underfloor heating will make your home seem minimalist and will give you the freedom to decorate and furnish your home just the way you want it without having to worry about ugly radiators getting in the way which make demands on precious wall space.
2. ENERGY EFFICIENT
With energy rates constantly on the rise a lot of people are looking at ways to save energy in the home through such methods like solar panels and an improved central heating system. In short radiators are definitely not energy efficient in comparison to new technology. The energy that is required to power the underfloor heating can be up to two thirds less than what is needed for the average central heating system.
3. INCREASED HOME VALUE
Home renovation plays a key factor for many home owners who are looking to make their homes more profitable for when they are ready to move on. Previously this could have been achieved through methods such as a whole new bathroom or kitchen suite which are costly and time consuming. Now adding underfloor heating in your home will instantly increase the market value of your property. For many house hunters underfloor heating is considered a luxury and can provide that ‘wow factor’ people are seeking.
4. GUARANTEED FOR LIFE
All ProWarm under tile mats, cables and thermostats come with a lifetime warranty included as standard giving you complete peace of mind when installing your new system. With a standard gas boiler system only expected to last around 10 years, underfloor heating will typically last over 25 years and even longer if the floor coverings are not changed.
5. NO MORE COLD SPOTS
Underfloor heating allows heat to be evenly distributed across the whole room and provides coverage to 90-95% of the floor space. Heat produced by a radiator will travel up and back down from the height of the radiator whereas underfloor heating rises straight from the floor below making the room feel a lot warmer. As a radiator is normally situated on one side of the room and typically below a window, a lot of heat will be lost causing unnecessary draughts and creating cold spots as the heat does not travel evenly throughout the room like it does with an underfloor heating system.
6. EASY TO INSTALL AND MAINTAIN
Anyone who is competent with DIY should find the installation process relatively simple however water systems are more complex. Although you will need a qualified tradesman to complete some parts of the installation it is still a cost effective method of heating. At The Underfloor Heating Store we are with you every step of the way and have a team of qualified electricians and plumbers who will be more than happy to assist you through the process as well as a great YouTube channel for installation videos. Once your underfloor heating system is installed it requires virtually no maintenance meaning the system can be out of sight and out of mind.
7. RUN AT LOW HEATS
In comparison to a radiator which needs to be run at 70-80°C, underfloor heating requires a steadier temperature of 30-40ºC. This is most effective in open plan spaces as the entire floor radiates heat upwards so that you can benefit from warm feet and even room temperatures. The temperature only needs to be around 2ºC more than the room temperature making it a comfortable environment to live within.
8. GOOD FOR THOSE WITH ALLERGIES
If you suffer with severe allergies then underfloor heating should be a no brainer. Due to the nature of how a radiator system works by heating the room from the top down it is prone to circulate dust around the room. With underfloor heating this is abolished as no irritating particles can be spread as the heating system is concealed within the floor structure and the even temperature it provides circulates cleaner air into the home and reducing the likelihood of dampness.
9. WILL SAVE YOU MONEY
As previously mentioned underfloor heating means that the temperature of the system is significantly lower when compared to a radiator but still makes you feel warmer meaning that over time you will notice your bill reduce dramatically. Although an initial outlay is required along with installation costs, it is believed that these costs will be recouped in savings within a year. Call us today to find out how much you could save!
10. YOUR PETS WILL LOVE YOU FOR IT
If you don’t do it for yourself then do it for your four legged furry friends! Your pets are sure to find their groove on the warm floor especially in the cold winter months when they are unable to pop an extra layer on like us! No animal enjoys cold paws on a winter’s morning and sadly dog slippers are yet to be invented. They will repay you with a lifetime of love and affection!