There are two types of underfloor heating systems: electric and water heaters. Electric heating systems use cables across the entire area of the room and are relatively easy to install. They can either be installed in one section of the room or spread all over the surface. Electric heating systems are a little more expensive than water ones, although it depends on your current electricity provider. Therefore, many people merely cover one section of the room to reduce the price.
Water-based heating systems, sometimes referred to as wet underfloor heating, are connected to a thermal source (conventional boiler or heat pump) and involve pumping water through underfloor heating pipes. The only disadvantage here is that they are more difficult to install than their electrical equivalents.
Underfloor heating systems consume a lot less power than other similar systems. As the radiant heat principle is applied, the required temperature is reduced, so it takes less time and electricity to heat the space, so it does not make a significant impact on your electricity costs.
Here are the five advantages of underfloor heating explaining why so many people choose this innovative technology.
1. Lower Energy Consumption
One of the best advantages of underfloor heating is that it can be much more energy-efficient than traditional radiators because the heat is evenly distributed around the room. The heater does not have to be switched on for long until the entire room reaches the desired temperature. Therefore, this technology helps to reduce energy consumption significantly and save money on electricity bills.
2. Evenly Heated Rooms
Underfloor heating is way ahead of its older counterparts in terms of efficiency and comfort.
Drafts created by forced airflow have a detrimental influence on air quality in traditional heating systems. Dust and other particles, as well as infectious diseases such as coronavirus, can be disseminated by turbulent air movement. When someone affected with an infectious disease enters a drafty environment, others are more likely to become infected. Underfloor heating helps to decrease this danger by limiting air circulation.
Moreover, traditional heating systems demand a larger heat input to compensate for their inefficient heat. On top of that, radiators can make the air dry and deteriorate existing health conditions such as asthma. Since underfloor heaters use less heat input, the drying effect on indoor air is minimized.
3. Saving Space in Your House
The most obvious advantage of underfloor heating is that no visible radiators are required! Although we’ve become accustomed to their presence in the house, radiators may be inconvenient, especially if the overall space is small. When you have underfloor heating, you may do whatever you want with your walls, whether it’s decorating or putting a specific household item in front of them. It may seem insignificant, but such small details make your home a much more cosy place.
4. Easy Maintenance
Underfloor heaters require minimal maintenance after the initial installation since there is almost no additional maintenance required. Servicing is uncommon for electric underfloor heaters, but water systems will require the occasional check-up to ensure everything is in good condition. This makes them far superior to boilers or electric-powered devices, which might experience numerous breakdowns or malfunctions during their lifespan.
5. A Greater Degree of Control
Conventional radiators sometimes rely on a single thermostat to adjust the temperature for every room in the house, however, underfloor heating systems may be far more precise, as they use software to control the temperature in each room and help to save energy by not heating rooms that are not in use. Control software for underfloor heating systems can easily run on a smartphone or tablet making their operation easier to control.
You may relax once the installation is complete because there is no maintenance to manage, except for the occasional check-up.
For more information about underfloor heating system installation and maintenance costs, contact us on 020 8935 5159.