The Pros And Cons Of Under Floor Heating

by Editor on April 24, 2013

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Many people might believe that under floor heating is a fairly modern idea.  Yet, the reality is, the concept came about around 2,000 years ago.  Technology has, obviously, advanced since those early days, and it’s now a much sought-after form of heating for many homes.  If under floor heating is something you’re interested in, and then consider weighing up the pros and cons before you make your decision.

What Is Under Floor Heating?

Most homes have radiators to provide heat for each room.  Under floor heating provides heat from under the floor, instead of the need for radiators.  There are two types of under floor heating systems: electric heating and water heating.

Electric Under Floor Heating System

This type of heating system involves electric wires installed under or within the flooring.  Whilst it is easier to install electric compared to water heating, electric is considered more costly to run.

Water Under Floor Heating System

This type of heating system has pipes under the flooring, where warm water can pass.  It is then connected to either a boiler or solar water heating system.

What Are The Pro’s?

Having your heating system under the floor is quite a desirable feature to have in your home, and can improve the value of your home when selling it later on. And, there are lots of other benefits too.

The most obvious advantage of this type of system is no longer needing to have radiators taking up space along your walls.  This frees up room, giving you more wall space for other things.

Additionally, under floor heating is pretty efficient and allows for an even spread of warm temperature throughout the room.  As heat rises, it helps to keep the room warmer for longer and at a more consistent temperature, which can help save you money from heating costs.  It’s also a bit of an added bonus and luxury, to be able to walk across a warmed floor, especially in wintertime!

Lastly, under floor heating is less likely to get knocked or damaged, compared to radiators.  As the under floor heating is usually encased in concrete, it’s also less prone to springing leaks. The durability is worth it.

What Are The Con’s?

Whilst under floor heating has many advantages, there are some negative aspects to bear in mind.

Although it’s possible to install it yourself, for most people this probably isn’t going to be an option and would require the expertise of a professional.  This is expensive, as is the initial cost of buying the actual system itself – and it’s potentially disruptive whilst being installed.

Although under floor heating systems score well on keeping the temperature at a consistent level, they do actually take longer to heat up the room in the first place – which isn’t always convenient.

You’ll also need to ensure you have adequate floor space to have the system installed, as rooms with lots of designer furniture, or even carpeted rooms, will make it less effective.  In some instances, you may therefore need to still rely on the use of radiators in some rooms.

About the Author

Amy recently redecorated her kitchen and decided to go for the option of having under floor heating. The under floor heating she purchased was sourced from the specialists at Juice Electrical Supplies.

Photo: Bryn Pinzgauer

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