Tony Hugh

25th Oct 2018

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As the chilly, British Winter approaches, you may be dreading just how cold your home is going to get. Without the proper insulation and adequate central heating, you’re likely to find that your home can get pretty draughty, especially during the nighttime.

You may now be considering different tactics to help heat your house as effectively as possible, and underfloor heating is definitely a potential avenue to consider.

We can’t deny that the feel of a warm floor underneath our feet feels lovely on cold evenings. However, before embarking upon this investment, there are plenty of underfloor heating pros and cons to consider.

Let’s start by putting it into context. In recent years, underfloor heating has become increasingly popular in the UK, now accounting for 6.5% of the total UK heating market. This is both across new builds, and also within existing properties.

So, what exactly is it? To put it simply, with the installation of an underfloor heating system, your floor emits heat into the room.

This results in your room being heated upwards, with an even distribution across all corners of the room. There are two different types of systems available: electrical, and water based. The benefits of both of these are essentially the same; it is simply the means of emitting the heat that differs.

It’s our job to arm you with all the essential knowledge that you need to make this decision. What are the primary underfloor heating pros and cons that you need to consider? This article uncovers each one in turn, and reveals why insulation provides a more cost-effective way to halt heat loss long-term…

Whether underfloor heating is a choice for you really depends on your preferences based on the above points. Now that you are armed with the knowledge of the underfloor heating pros and cons, you can hopefully make a considered decision on whether this is a worthy investment for you and your home

Underfloor Heating: Key Benefits

Here are the main benefits which make underfloor heating a popular choice:

  • When you have wall radiators in your home, it is difficult to find enough space in a room to place furniture, whilst avoiding obstruction of the radiator. It’s generally advised not to obstruct radiators with any large objects, as they will instantly absorb the heat. With underfloor heating, you don’t have the same issue, as you can work around your furniture with ease.

  • The distribution of heat by an underfloor heating system is more even and consistent around each corner of the room, as opposed to radiators which tend to emit more heat in their immediate area.

  • Underfloor heating also enables floors in wet areas, such as bathrooms and kitchen, to dry much more quickly. This saves on cleaning and mopping time!

  • Aesthetically, underfloor heating systems have a huge advantage over wall radiators. Many people find radiators unsightly and would prefer to have the wall space free for furniture or paintings. What’s more, radiators can often accumulate dust, and are placed in areas that can be difficult to reach, whereas floors are much more accessible, and comparatively simpler to clean.

Underfloor Heating: Critical Concerns

Let’s get into the potential drawbacks of installing underfloor heating systems:

  • One of the major disadvantages that may detract you is that underfloor heating is said to be more expensive than using central heating via radiators. If you’re worried about bills, then look into all the different ways that you could reduce heating costs this Winter. 
  • Another disadvantage compared to other types of heating is that underfloor heating can be slow to warm up a room. It can take 30-60 minutes for a wooden floor to warm up, while concrete floors can take up to several hours. One could argue that it would take a similarly long time for the floors to cool, which essentially means that the length of heating time is the same as other systems.
  • It can be a more difficult system to install in certain conditions, and for certain structures. This is especially true for older buildings. Make sure you consult a housing solution expert to make an assessment as a first step.
  • In rooms where units are fixed into place, underfloor heating is ideal. In rooms where the layout might be changed around, it may restrict how you can arrange your furniture in the future. It is not recommended that you place items over floors that have underfloor heating, as the effect of the heat could be potentially harmful for furniture over the long term.

Whether underfloor heating is a choice for you really depends on your preferences based on the above points. Now that you are armed with the knowledge of the underfloor heating pros and cons, you can hopefully make a considered decision on whether this is a worthy investment for you and your home.

Check out our range of underfloor heating mats and cables here. We also have a wide range of thermostats available with all our underfloor heating. You can buy these separately here or with your chosen underfloor heating.

If you have any further questions, or would like a little more advice feel free to contact us on info@go-banana.com

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