Underfloor heating facts
With many preconceptions surrounding underfloor heating, it’s time to set the record straight. Here you’ll find the facts, the benefits – indeed everything you need to know about the best way to heat your home.
Does it get too hot under your feet?
No — unlike radiators, which need to reach temperatures of up to 70 degrees, underfloor heating runs at a much lower temperature. And of course it’s spread across a wider surface area so it heats evenly, whilst feeling pleasantly warm to the touch.
Is it safe for my children or pets?
Definitely! Floor temperatures never rise above that of your body, so it’s perfectly safe for children and pets alike. And because there aren’t any radiators, they can’t scald themselves or bump into metal surfaces or edges.
Is it just for tiled floors?
Despite what you might have heard, there’s an underfloor heating solution for every floor type. From wood to stone, tiles to carpet, our systems give you plenty of freedom to create the perfect design for your home.
Can you only have it downstairs?
Not at all. Our advanced underfloor heating systems offer even heat wherever you might want it, from the kitchen to your upstairs bedroom, bathroom, or anywhere else for that matter. You can find out more via the Information Hub.
Don’t you need to have underfloor heating throughout your home?
Our systems are flexible, so you can have them in every room — or just one. And, with our intuitive individual controls, you can create a different temperature in each space, saving running costs while catering to individual needs and moods.
Won’t I have to dig up my floor?
No, in fact, our Overlay® system has been specifically designed to be installed on top of existing floors. At just 18mm deep, it’s a discreet addition to any room, and can be finished with any floor covering you like — perfect for renovation projects.
What if the system leaks?
Underfloor heating systems don’t have any joints, so there aren’t any weak-spots for leaks to start and, just for good measure, every system is pressure-tested during installation. What’s more, because the pipes are beneath the floor rather than within the walls, you won’t hit a pipe with a nail when hanging a picture or putting up shelves.
Will I need to get a new boiler?
If you’re fitting underfloor heating to an existing space then your existing boiler should be just fine. However, if you’re building an extension it’s worth checking with your heating engineer that your boiler can cope with the additional demand — just like you would if you were installing radiators.
Is it more expensive to run than radiators?
Not at all. Our underfloor heating systems run at a much lower temperature and heat a room more efficiently than radiators. And with room-by-room control, we help to give you more control over your energy consumption, and therefore help keep costs down.