All About Water Underfloor Heating: Is It a Good Idea for Your Home?

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Heating your home costs more money than you’d expect. Cold temperatures bring a chill to every surface in your home. And while electric and forced air heating does help cut through the cold, they’re limited.

In fact, while electric heating is the “traditional” heating method across the UK, it’s not the best option. That distinction belongs to water underfloor heating.

If you’ve never heard of underfloor heating the concept is simple. Pipes run beneath your house and transfer water underneath your flooring to heat your house.

The water runs through your boiler and gets heated via electricity or natural gas. Though even with electricity this method doesn’t rely on the traditional yet inefficient radiator system.

Underfloor heating ensures that your home gets heated evenly and passively without having to wait for your furnace help reheat your home.

If you’ve been thinking about underfloor heating, now’s the time to learn more about your decision. Let’s break down the pros and cons.

How’s it Work?

Underfloor heating systems use the same basic principle of “normal” heating systems. Heat gets generated and then radiated across your home. Though it’s the origin that differs.

The UK does have our fair share of water-based heating systems. Boilers pipe water through homes into radiators which heat the house. Or, electric radiators heat up and disperse heat through the home; even if they’re not water based.

Though in either situation passive heat warms your house while the thermostat activates the heating system when the temperature gets low enough.

Floor heating works the same way. Heat radiates through the floor and turns on and off based on your thermostat.

However, underfloor works slightly differently because of the entire system. It’s able to efficiently heat your home thanks to its very nature.

Pipes run under the floor and carry water from the boiler around your home. When the temperature drops low enough the boiler heats more water and the system reheats.

Increased Efficiency

The positioning under the floor means that heat gets distributed equally across the room. The heat rises through the floor from every square inch, whereas other heating systems only offer heat from the sides of the room.

This means better heat coverage, which means less heat loss, and thus less energy used to heat the water. Less energy used means less money.

There are also very few moving parts and that means fewer chances of something failing. Efficiency and reliability go hand in hand.

Price

While we can’t give an exact price since installation varies by home and so does running cost, we can say that people generally save money with underfloor heating.

The increased efficiency allows your boiler less running time. The less time the boiler runs the less electricity or gas you’re using.

Ease of Use

Floor heating systems do heat up slower than traditional systems. That’s something that everyone considering underfloor heating needs to understand.

However, floor heating systems stay hotter longer than other systems. The water cools slower than your traditional radiator.

They’re also not hot to the touch. The pipes are under the floor, meaning there’s no interaction with them. It’s perfect for those with kids looking to maximize safety.

Underfloor heating systems also have the advantage of making close to no noise. Forced air systems and electric radiators both make enough noise that you’ll hear when the system turns on.

Comfort

While many opt for floor heating because it saves money, and it does, many other choose underfloor heating for comfort. Simply put, warm floors feel nice in the winter.

The effect gets magnified when you’re dealing with floor surfaces that are usually colder. Tile and even hardwood floors can all get cold in the winter.

Underfloor heating means staying warm in the winter even on colder surfaces. There’s something quite nice about walking on heated bathroom floors on a cold winter morning.

It’s not much of a surprise then that many people choose to install these systems in their bathrooms and kitchens; places with colder flooring materials.

Installing Water Underfloor Heating

Installing underfloor heating means first getting a consultation to ensure your home is the right fit. Not every house can work well with a floor heating system.

Every home looks different under the floor, and existing pipes and other structures will affect how your system will work.

Homes with many obstructions might force installers to place the pipes farther from the floor than your neighbor’s system. The farther the pipes are from the floor the worse the system works.

Likewise, your own wants and needs also determine your installation. Some systems run with one single thermostat, but others allow each room its own temperature control.

Finally, some homes just aren’t designed well for underfloor heating. Homes with little open space take more radiators which cost more money. The more open space the less piping that can heat one area.

Finding a Professional

Choosing the professional installer for your underfloor heating system means understanding the pros and cons of these systems. Our tips above can help you choose what’s best for your home.

Though it’s also important to go with the correct installers for your home. This means selecting someone with years of experience.

Incorrect installation can damage your home, and at best leave you with a system that doesn’t work as well as intended.

That’s why we’re here to help. Our installers know how to recommend and install the best underfloor system for your home.

So if you’re ready to get started, give us a call. We’ll get you on the road to an underfloor heating system today.