On the quest to transform their house into a home, many people are turning to underfloor heating systems to make their home just that little bit more warm and cosy. What was once simply thought of as heated floors is now able to act as a whole home–heating system. The many benefits of underfloor heating systems are hard to ignore – and once you’ve stepped out onto your warm floor each morning, there’ll be no turning back. These three benefits of underfloor heating will make you wonder why you’d never installed it before.
If you’re looking to save money on your annual heating bill, then underfloor heating systems should be at the top of your list. Water based underfloor heating systems are among the cheapest ways to heat an entire home, making them a great option for those looking to save money on their bills. It could provide a yearly saving of up to 15% on energy bills.
Traditional home heating options, such as radiators, need to be heated to a much higher temperature than underfloor heating in order to effectively heat up a room. On average, radiators need to be heated to around 70ºC in order to generate the same level of heat as underfloor heating does.
One of the main problems with this is that radiators heat up different areas of the room at varying rates. Typically, the area around the radiator will be a lot warmer than the other side of the room, meaning it’s difficult to strike the right balance. This often prompts people to open a window, usually located above a radiator, resulting in a lot of wasted energy.
Underfloor heating systems however provide radiant heat to warm the room from the floor up; creating a consistent temperature throughout and leaving you with cosy, heated floors. The temperature of the underfloor heating is controlled by a thermostat on the wall, so it’s easily controlled and maintained. Additionally, underfloor heating systems heat up the room at a much lower temperature than radiators, typically around half, meaning energy bills will be significantly lower. Heated floors are often simply thought of as a nice addition to a home, providing warm, comforting flooring throughout the home. However, underfloor heating systems can replace the entire heating system within a home, eliminating the need for supplementary heat sources such as radiators.
Underfloor heating is also a great option for those with asthma or allergies. Unlike traditional radiators, which use convection currents, underfloor heating doesn’t move air around the room. This means that dust and allergens are not circulated throughout the house as easily. Equally, due to the consistent heat across the flooring, the number of dust mites in your home can be dramatically reduced, making your home a lot more allergy friendly.
In addition to this, underfloor heating systems can make cleaning your home an absolute breeze. Heated floors are one of the most hygienic home heating options, so a lot less time will be required for dusting and cleaning, leaving you to enjoy your home.
Whether your home décor is super-modern or more traditional, underfloor heating systems suit any style as they’re tucked right out of the way. Radiators are often awkwardly-placed within the room, take up valuable space and can look unsightly. However, placing your heating system beneath the floor eliminates the need for radiators, meaning that you’re free to decorate your home exactly as you like, without having to worry about whether your radiators suit the overall aesthetic.
Furthermore, radiators pose a potential health and safety risk, especially for young children and vulnerable adults. Their sharp corners and the potential risk of minor burns can be an accident waiting to happen. However, underfloor heating systems pose no such issues, meaning you can rest assured that there’s one less health and safety risk waiting in your home.
Compared to traditional home heating options, heated floors are one of the best options available. If you’d like to find out more about the benefits of underfloor heating systems from Polypipe, them make sure you download our brochure so you, too can live in comfort.