Underfloor heating not only feels amazing under foot, but works as a cost effective alternative to radiators. Popular in bathrooms for that cosy ‘just stepped out of the shower’ feel, as well as kitchens, because the heart of the home should always be warm.
What’s it all about?
Underfloor heating is usually a system that pumps warm water through piping under the floor (AKA, a ‘wet’ system) or electric coils placed under the floor (AKA, a ‘dry’ system). Heat rises from below, and so radiates from these systems into the room.
Underfloor heating is actually the oldest form of central heating. The Romans used a form of underfloor heating called hypocausts, to heat their homes, buildings and baths. Today, it’s gaining popularity within luxury hotels, spa resorts and now, everyday homes.
Will underfloor heating save energy?
Yes, though it depends on how well insulated your home is, the efficiency of your boiler, and the size of your room.
According to the Energy Saving Trust:
- In an existing home with average insulation, for an air to water heat pump system, an underfloor heating under insulated timber will save 20% of energy costs over a radiator system (£500/year vs £400 average).
- In an existing home with average insulation, with a gas or oil-fired boiler, the energy savings are around £10 per year on average.
- In new build and well-insulated homes, under floor heating with a heat pump will save money (£190 vs £230 average) compared to radiators.
- In a new and well-insulated homes, underfloor heating savings will be negligible over a radiator.
So what’s so good about it?
- Underfloor heating delivers a more consistent temperature, with heat distributed predominantly from the floor. Radiators will send warm air through the room, and concentrate the heat close to the source.
- When correctly installed, underfloor heating requires very little maintenance, when compared with radiators or traditional convection heating systems. Our experienced engineers will check for any potential issues during installation, preventing any underlying (no pun intended!) further down the line.
- A bulky radiator not only takes up valuable space, but also prevents you from positioning furniture in a certain way. Underfloor options allow you to use the space the way you want to, without the restrictions of radiators getting in the way.
- Under floor heating systems can allow you to control the temperature within different rooms, rather than having one thermostat for the entire house. This saves on heating costs for rooms you don’t need heating, and makes your home more energy efficient too.
- Unlike convection heaters, underfloor heating produces less airborne dust, offering more comfort and relief to allergy sufferers and asthmatics.
What type of flooring can I use with underfloor heating?
It’s commonly installed with stone or ceramic tile floors, but can also be used with wood, linoleum or carpet. Your choice!
Do I need a professional to install it?
For a wet heating system, unless you’re a bit of a DIY pro, you will probably need a little help. Using an expert will ensure that everything is working as it should be, with no potential problems down the line.