Underfloor heating provides a great way to create a feeling of warmth and luxury in your home and can be used in any room, but will feel especially welcoming on tiled bathroom, kitchen and conservatory floors.
Walking onto a warm floor first thing in the morning will feel fantastic, especially when it’s chilly outside, but before you buy any underfloor heating make sure to read this handy guide first.
Underfloor heating – pros
- Underfloor heating provides a more environmentally friendly way to heat your home and can be up to 40% more efficient compared to a standard radiator system, plus as heat rises your bathroom or kitchen will feel warmer more quickly.
- Installing underfloor heating in place of radiators is a great way to create more wall space for extra storage if required, and it’s ideal for achieving a minimalistic look too.
- Underfloor heating systems require very little maintenance.
- With an underfloor heating system the heat is distributed evenly preventing different parts of the room from feeling colder than others.
Underfloor heating – cons
- If a pipe was to burst with water-based underfloor heating the whole floor would have to be ripped up, which could lead to a major expense and inconvenience.
- Underfloor heating can be expensive to install.
What types of underfloor heating systems are available?
There are two types of underfloor heating systems, which include water-based and electric. If you want to install underfloor heating beneath an existing floor then opt for an electric system as they feature a low profile design meaning your floor shouldn’t need to be raised up, unlike a water-based system.
Water-based underfloor heating systems have pipes that are installed under the floor surface and are filled with warm water from your central heating system, they are also suitable for use with any type of boiler. Each room where you have underfloor heating installed has its own valve so you can easily control the temperature.
Electric underfloor heating systems connect to your power supply and feature cables which are attached to mesh mats. This type of underfloor heating provides easy installation, but can be more expensive to run compared to water-based systems.
Can underfloor heating be used with any type of flooring material?
Underfloor heating is suitable for use with any floor construction, but is much easier to install if you are laying a completely new floor. It can be used with carpets but will feel more inviting if fitted underneath ceramic or stone flooring in your bathroom or kitchen. Seek professional advice before installing under wood, laminate or vinyl flooring.
Is underfloor heating easy to install?
Electric underfloor heating systems can be installed by yourself but water-based systems are probably best left to a professional to ensure trouble-free use. It is also recommended that the floor under the heating system is well insulated to prevent any heat loss.