Some like it hot. Walking barefoot across a marble floor, safe in the knowledge that it’s warm to the touch is an extravagance many of us can only dream of.
This is where underfloor heating comes into its own. Not only does it keep you cozy, but it also makes a statement that says luxury.
If you’re thinking about installing water underfloor heating, here are a few things to help you warm to the idea. It’s affordable and it brings with it benefits such as energy efficiency and lower utility bills.
We’re here to walk you through the advantages of a system that’ll literally keep your feet as warm as toast when you cross the bathroom floor.
Where Can the System Be Installed?
The good news is you can get water or ‘wet’ underfloor heating fitted in just about any home and under nearly any type of flooring.
It can also be added to a new-build or older home. If you’re thinking of renovating your house or adding a conservatory, then now might be the time to consider installation.
It may not be a small or inexpensive job and it makes sense to bring in the professionals to set up the water-pipe system.
The experts will have to lay the pipes under the floor, as well as recommended floor insulation and screed. They’ll then have to link the system up to a boiler and heating system. Remember though you’ll only ever need to get this done once.
The most popular rooms to install underfloor heating in are the bathroom and kitchen. And, you can even have different ‘zones’ within a room or the house which you can control.
Say Goodbye to Radiators
If you’re a bit of a minimalist, then underfloor heating will be right for you. It’s hidden away and out of view.
Clunky radiators can make a room look cluttered but with water underfloor heating, you won’t need them anymore. Radiators heat the area around them. This heat moves upwards and can be quickly lost.
This means radiators require more energy for what can be a less effective result. The water will need to be a higher temperature than their underfloor counterpart for a similar effect.
Underfloor heating is a modern and state of the art system. It lets you enjoy the luxury of warm floors on cold winter days. This is especially true if you have cold stone or tile floors.
Better Heat Retention
With a water underfloor system, the floor itself is heated. It holds the heat in far more effectively than traditional radiators. They cool down very fast when turned off.
If you have a stone floor, the heat will be retained with an underfloor system, even if the window is left open. With conventional heating, the heat can disappear the moment a draft enters the room.
Lower Energy Costs
Water-based underfloor heating tends to use water that’s heated to a lower temperature. Conventional water central heating is usually about ten degrees centigrade higher.
This means water underfloor heating is perfect for use with high efficiency condensing boilers. The lower operating temperature also makes it more appropriate for use with solar water heaters.
Water-based systems tend to be reliant upon gas rather their electric counterparts. This typically translates into significantly lower running costs.
More Even Heat Distribution
With water underfloor heating, your home is going to feel more comfortable. This is because the temperature within the room is more consistent.
Traditional radiators rely on convection and that means some corners of the room can be cooler than others. So, there’ll be no need anymore to grab the best spot in the room next to the radiator.
You Are in Control
The areas to be heated are divided into separate zones with each zone having its own independent thermostat.
The warmth of the water in the pipes is controlled by adding more hot water from the boiler to reach the optimum temperature.
Most conventional boilers will cope with the water flow. Occasionally a higher rated pump will need to be fitted in order to cope with extra pressure.
Nowadays there are intelligent thermostats available. These will let you pre-program when you want your floor to heat up. They’ll also set the room temperature that you want the system to maintain.
No More Waiting for the Room to Heat Up
These state of the art controls will build up a pattern of your heating needs. That means everything will just as you want it and when you want it.
You’ll never have to worry again about walking into a cold room and waiting for the heating to warm it up.
A Cleaner Sort of Heating
Floors can stay cold and damp with traditional radiators or convection heating. This creates a perfect breeding ground for dust mites.
When the floor itself is heated, the environment becomes too warm and dry for them to breed in. This can reduce the number of dust mites in your home massively.
As a result, people who have respiratory difficulties like asthma will suffer less.
Lower Maintenance Costs
Most water-based underfloor heating systems rarely require any form of maintenance.
Make sure the system installed is certified officially and correctly. This way you’re protected and unlikely to have any trouble from it.
In fact, once fitted correctly, these systems are so reliable that many come with long guarantees.
Water Underfloor Heating Right Now
What are you waiting for? The benefits of a water underfloor heating system are clear as daylight.
- one-off installation costs
- more even distribution of heat throughout the house or room
- lower energy costs
- a clean and minimalist look
- no more bulky radiators
- low maintenance costs
- more hygienic
We are the underfloor heating experts. We’re there to help and advise you so that you make the choices that are right for you and your home. Get in touch with us for a quote. It’s absolutely free. You really do have nothing to lose!