Underfloor heating dates back to the Greek and Roman eras – around 400B.C. These systems were primitive; they would be similar to a chimney system, pumping hot smoke underneath the floor before being expelled by a vent. Roman baths were commonly heated using underfloor heating, this was considered to be the best heating system available at the time. We have a much better system now, and it could come in useful.
If you’re thinking of purchasing underfloor heating then now would be the perfect time; by October the weather will have turned cold, and I’m sure you will be feel it more than ever, especially on your tiled bathroom, kitchen or conservatory floor. Now is the perfect transition time, as getting it installed in the winter with ice cold tiles and bare concrete floors would be harder. I’m sure you would much rather wake up to a warm floor, and avoid the shock of cold feet after stepping out of your bed.
Underfloor heating isn’t hard to install, simply cut the mesh to size (make sure that you don’t cut the heating pipe) and install it underneath existing tiled flooring, carpets or laminates. It’s not recommended to install under hardwood flooring as the wood is a good insulator of heat, and you won’t feel the benefit of the heating.
Electric underfloor heating is more efficient than radiators; none of the energy is lost, as all of the electrical energy is converted into heat energy. Gas powered heating systems have exhaust gases, this adds to the cost of maintaining them. Electric underfloor heating is much cheaper to buy and to run in the long term.
Radiators produce a high temperature close by, but lower temperatures at a distance. With your radiator being the only source of heat in a room this can be a major concern. With underfloor heating this isn’t the case; the heat is spread out evenly and it rises from the floor, ultimately warming up the whole room. Alongside the underfloor heating it’s recommended to use a heated towel rail, these are much more practical than radiators and less space consuming.
Underfloor heating can be used in conjunction with radiators; whilst the underfloor heating is more efficient, it is practical to use both. Underfloor heating can warm up a whole room, but has a lower average temperature than a radiator; the average temperature of a radiator is 82°C whilst the average temperature of underfloor heating is 40°C, although it operates in a wider area which ensures the whole room stays warm. The underfloor heating is the more practical choice in terms of warming your room; once you have it installed you won’t see it again. It takes up minimal space (3-5mm added to the height of your floor), there is no loss of energy and long-term you will save a lot of money.