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Key Benefits of Underfloor Heating

As home owners have become more aware of the advantages of underfloor heating over traditional radiators, it’s no surprise that it’s currently one of the fastest-growing home improvements across the UK.

While there is a initial expense to set up the heating system, within a short period, the savings in energy and efficiency will be able to pay for themselves while increasing the value of the overall property value.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the benefits provided by an underfloor heating system here’s a brief overview of the seven main ones:

Low maintenance costs

One of the main reasons people opt installing underfloor heating because it rarely requires any kind of maintenance after it has been installed. This is true for both water-based and electric underfloor heating.

The only thing you need to know when a water-fed heater is used is whether it has been accredited according to BS EN 1264 standards (the vast majority of them are). These standards are so reliable that those who do the work typically provide at least a 25-year warranty.

Simple energy efficiency

Underfloor heating is generally more efficient than traditional radiators and therefore more cost-effective with terms of utility bills.

It is advisable to set up your heating system as well as performing an efficiency test. This will evaluate the overall efficiency of your insulation and will ensure that you receive the maximum efficiency from your heating system.

Since the floor is heated, it stores the heat better than conventional radiators that cool very quickly when they are turned off and cause the heat that they’ve generated to evaporate fast. Underfloor heating means that the house will be able to hold heat more effectively and use less energy to keep warmth.

In relation to cost, it’s important to highlight the benefits of both water and electricity-based systems.

Since water-based systems are dependent on gas they tend to be more efficient with regards to operating costs, however they can be quite costly to put in.

However, the electric heating system is less expensive to set up (in fact even the most novice DIYer can install it) However, in time, it’s much more costly to run.

It’s a personal decision as to the kind of system you go for. It is usually the case that people who are just looking to warm only a small area will find Dry systems will meet their requirements perfectly, whereas wet systems are suited to whole-house circumstances much better.

Superior all-round comfort

Following on from the points above, but worthy of its own mention The house will be more comfortable if heated by the flooring.

Simply put, this is since the temperatures will remain consistent throughout the room, for instance, one corner will not be warmer than the other one as is usually the case when a radiator system is based on convection. Therefore, there will be no need to fight for space close to the radiator!

Underfloor heating is more hygienic

With convection heating and radiators floors are cold, and dampness on the ground is possible. This is the ideal place to reproduce the notorious dust mite.

But, due to the floor being heated dust mites, other crawly crawlies will discover that the heating in the underfloor creates a dry and warm to thrive and reproduce in.

The effects of switching to heating in the floor can be awe-inspiring. Research has shown that installing radiant heating into your home will reduce the number of dust mites that are present by as much as 80%!!

In the end, those suffering from respiratory ailments like asthma are more comfortable in this type of setup.

It can be used with all flooring materials.

Contrary to what many believe Radiant heating is now able to be used on the vast majority of floor surfaces, provided you select the appropriate method.

Many people consider underfloor heating as relying on solid flooring like stone or tile (probably because they’ve experienced it first in high-quality bathroom facilities in hotels).

However, this isn’t always the case and, in reality, this heating system is now able to work in close proximity to any type of flooring, including vinyl or carpet, engineered wood laminate, etc.

One of the reasons is that, since this system relies on the floor’s ability to retain heat and solid flooring is more efficient than carpeting directly on mats made of UFH, but in the end it’s just a matter of individual preference.

Room temperature can be regulated to suit your needs.

Since each room has an individual thermostat, there’s no requirement for one room to be at the same temperature as other rooms.

Although many radiators are equipped with thermostatic valves, they can be unstable and temperature control can frequently be unpredictable than a precise scientific method.

With an effective UFH Control system you can reduce costs by keeping the temperature at a minimum (or perhaps lower) for rooms that aren’t used often and living spaces that are essential are kept as warm as they are.

It’s also a helpful feature for those who prefer to control the temperature of their homes – after all, we suffer more from cold than others.

Ideal for open-plan living

Radiators consume space and won’t be able to be awarded any prizes due to their aesthetics.

In the event of underfloor heating, it removes the requirement for radiators in the house and creates space to be used to store furniture, or simply to keep the room looking tidy.

It is one of the primary reasons that many of the new construction homes are equipped with this kind of heating.


I hope these seven points reveal the advantages of underfloor heating and help you understand why it’s an ideal option for families who want to effectively manage their energy use and have the highest level of quality of life.