Underfloor heating systems have grown more and more popular in the last decade, to the point where it has become one of the fastest growing home improvement project for UK homeowners. If you are used to radiators, you might question the efficiency and ease of use of underfloor heating. But do not be too quick to dismiss it. Underfloor heating has many advantages. In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about underfloor heating and why it could be the best choice for you and your home.

  • Energy Efficient

It has been demonstrated that underfloor heating is significantly more energy efficient than traditional radiators. With an underfloor installation, you will be able to lower your energy bills quite significantly as they are so efficient. The majority of homeowners should have an energy efficiency test performed to determine the overall effectiveness of their home’s insulation in order to ensure optimal heating performance throughout the winter months. Even if you end up turning off your underfloor heating system, your room will keep heat considerably better than a room with typical radiators because they begin to cool down quickly once the heating system’s heat supply is interrupted.

  • Lower Running Costs

You might think that underfloor heating is more expensive, but this where you would be wrong. Running an underfloor heating system throughout the house is less expensive than running conventional radiators or central heating systems. Due to the rising cost of gas and fuel, refilling you tanks for heating can quickly become costly. The operating expenses of underfloor heating systems, on the other hand, are dependent on a variety of factors, including the efficiency of room insulation and how long the system is left running for. Insulation that is thicker results in significantly greater energy savings. Water-based heating systems, which rely on natural gas, have higher efficiency and lower costs than other types of heating systems. Electrically powered heating systems are so simple to install that even a well-versed do-it-yourselfer can lay the pipes without causing any damage.

  • Low Maintenance Costs

The majority of underfloor heating pipping is made of polypropylene. Because polypropylene is a naturally strong material, it requires little to no maintenance over its lifetime. If your system is fitted in accordance with BS EN 1264 standards (most are), it will last very well . Although this accreditation is not required, most of the fitting specialists who provide this service typically provide a minimum warranty of 25 years.

  • Enhanced Comfort

Homes with underfloor heating systems are notably more comfortable than those without such systems. Indeed, imagine walking barefoot all around you house while staying warm. How luxurious! Another way underfloor heating can make your house more comfortable is that it will  make the temperature profile of the room more uniform across the space. You can wave goodbye to cold corners. As long as all areas of the room are heated by the same system, the space will maintain a comfortable temperature balance.

Bonus: Pets absolutely love underfloor heating as they can lay anywhere and feel warm and comfortable. With underfloor heating, you don’t need to worry about buying jumpers for your cat anymore.

  • Creates Additional Space

A big downside of radiators is that they take up a lot of space and can make it awkward to arrange furniture and decor the way you want. But with underfloor heating, you can say goodbye to big, clunky and unsightly radiators. You can replace radiators with additional storage, furniture, art, kitchen cabinets, or even a new doorway.

  • Controllable Temperatures

When houses are completely equipped with underfloor heating, it is very easy to control the temperature throughout the different rooms. Most underfloor heating systems come with thermostats that monitor each room and allow users to modify the temperature in only certain parts of the house. Temperature regulation is often unreliable in most radiators, even those that have thermostatic valves installed for the same purpose. Although installing a decent underfloor heating system control system can be an additional expense, homeowners will save money in the long run since settings can be completely customised to avoid wasting energy. 

  • Better Hygiene

When compared to radiators, underfloor heating systems are far safer and hygienic. This is due to the high amounts of moisture and humidity found at the floor level, which creates an ideal breeding environment for creepy crawlies and dust mites to thrive and reproduce. The installation of an underfloor heating system significantly improves the overall hygiene of the home, virtually eradicating the presence of dust mites. The presence of these small animals can be a life-threatening menace to people who suffer from respiratory disorders such as asthma or allergies. Additionally, because you’ve removed the radiator from your room, you’ve eliminated one more surface that can collect grease and dust. This also results in reduced air movement, which means less dust is moved around the room, making underfloor heating the ideal choice for persons who suffer from allergies.

  • Compatibility with most floor surfaces

Underfloor heating systems are suitable with the vast majority of floor coverings and subfloors. In order to achieve the greatest results, which means you do not need solid surface flooring such as stone or tile. When it comes to vinyl, carpet, laminated, and engineered wood flooring, it is rather usual for homeowners to install polypipe heating solutions. Of course, rooms with solid floors will keep heat for a longer period of time than rooms with carpets, but if you really want carpets you can have them.

  • Under floor heating will fit any lifestyle

One of the best thing about underfloor heating is that it will not get in the way of your home decor.

Minimalism, gothic, traditional, or maximalist, no matter your style, no radiator will get in the way.Hidden, but not out of sight!

Hopefully, this article has helped you better understand the benefits of underfloor heating and help you decide if underfloor heating is what will suit you. If you need more information, visit our website or get in contact with us for further advice.