The 6 most asked questions about underfloor heating
Posted: 24/05/2019
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The 6 most asked questions about underfloor heating

Underfloor heating is fast becoming one of the most popular heating choices, thanks to its versatile and cost-efficient properties.

Below we’ve tackled six of the most frequently asked questions about underfloor heating.

What is underfloor heating?

Underfloor heating is an energy-efficient way to heat your home without having to take up valuable space with radiators or pipes.

Floor heaters use radiant heat technology to warm your room from the ground up, directly warming objects and people within the room. Underfloor heating is a much more environmentally-friendly way to warm up your home – central heating warms the air only, which can escape the room faster.

Many modern homes come with underfloor heating already installed, thanks to its  money-saving qualities.

Is underfloor heating installation safe?

Absolutely. Unlike traditional central heating systems, underfloor heating doesn’t have central heated radiators, meaning there are no hot surfaces which could cause injury, especially when children are around.

There is also no risk of electrical shocks with underfloor heating – electric storage heaters can pose a health and safety risk when not maintained properly.

You’ll also find that the air in your home is much fresher, as underfloor heating reduces the circulation of dust and pollutants that central heating systems can perpetuate.

We always recommend that whatever heating system you chose, it is installed by a qualified heating engineer.

How much does underfloor heating cost? Is it expensive to run?

The cost of your underfloor heating installation will depend on the size of the room and the work needed to ensure it’s properly installed. For newer homes, the installation process should be much simpler, thanks to the modern materials used.

Underfloor heating is a cheaper heating solution than traditional central heating, too. Underfloor heating offers faster heat-up times when compared with conventional central heating systems, and are able to offer the same level of warmth despite running at lower temperatures.

Electric underfloor heating systems are usually cheaper to install, however, electricity tends to run at a higher tariff when compared to water and gas tariffs, so while electrical installation by a qualified installation electrician can save you some expenditure, water systems will be more cost-efficient in the long run. We recommend choosing a smart thermostat at installation, so you can control your heating remotely (no need to leave the heating on when you’re out – simply switch it on when you’re heading home). Remember, you’ll need a qualified commercial electrician to install your electric underfloor heating system to ensure it is safe and meets the minimum health and safety standard.

Another clever way to reduce your energy bill is to invest in insulation boards at installation. These can improve heat-up times and will help to keep the room warmer for longer.

What sorts of flooring can be used with underfloor heating?

Almost all types of floor finish can be used with your underfloor heating, however, some finishes work better than others. Stone is naturally heat-conductive, and therefore makes a great choice for underfloor heating. Natural or engineered timber works too, however, we do recommend choosing a thinner wood to ensure the heat can penetrate properly.

Another great choice is a ceramic tile, ideal for bathrooms and kitchens, or spaces with high footfall.

Softer materials such as vinyl flooring and carpet can be used, but check with your recommended installer to ensure your choice of flooring is compatible with the type of underfloor heating you’re able to have.

Is underfloor heating suitable for my project?

Underfloor heating installation is one of the most versatile, cost-efficient heating systems available, and can be fitted in a wide variety of homes and environments – even outdoors. There are factors to consider, however, such as the height of your ceilings, the flooring types and the size of the room.

To get a good understanding of whether underfloor heating is right for your project, give us a call. One of our friendly and knowledgeable heating engineers can provide a no-obligation quote depending on your requirements and budget.

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