Underfloor Heating in Presbury, Altrincham & Hale
Underfloor heating is a great alternative to traditional radiators or hot-air heating systems, it is quite uncommon in British homes but why?
Below we will show you the pros and cons of using underfloor heating in your home and the different types of underfloor heating systems available. Hollingworth Heating can help you decide which system will best suit your home and give you a competitive cost for underfloor heating installtion.
Underfloor Heating…the Pros and Cons.
Underfloor heating is often associated with luxury — think plush hotel rooms — and indeed there are few things more luxurious than the feeling of a warm, heated bathroom floor on a cold winter’s day.
Underfloor heating is hidden away and out of view, doing away with the clutter of radiators. And, due to the even distribution of heat, it is a fairly efficient way to heat a room.
Radiators heat up the area immediately around them, this ends up being quickly dispersed upwards, and away from the desired area. On the other hand, a good underfloor heating system will heat a larger area.
Radiators have to work harder to heat a large area, and require the water to be at a higher temperature to work effectively.
Underfloor heating works at a lower temperature and works particularly well with tiles and stone, making it a popular choice for bathrooms.
However, there are also some downsides to underfloor heating systems that you should consider before installation.
For exisiting properties floor preperation can be the larger portion of the cost, ideally underfloor heating is best suited for new-build properties or when you are already having work done on your floor.
Due to the lower temperatures, an underfloor heating system will also take longer to heat a room, so it is vital to combine it with a timer. They can also restrict what you can place on the floor as they can’t sit under particular fittings and items of furniture.
Underfloor Heating Systems
Electric underfloor heating relies on a network of wires under your floor that heat up. Depending on the shape of the room, you can go for heating mats, which cover large areas, or individual wires which can get in every nook and cranny. Heating mats are generally a bit cheaper.
The wires usually sit on top of a layer of insulation. They can fit under different floor types (but shouldn’t be under carpets that are too thick).
Electric wires themselves are fairly thin, making them easier and cheaper to install than a water-based system, but in contrast they are also pricier to run, making them better suited to smaller areas.
Water-based systems, are a network of pipes linked to your boiler that pump hot water around your rooms.
Because underfloor heating systems distribute heat more evenly, they actually need water at a lower heat than a radiator,.
Pipes are thicker than wires, so there needs to be enough room in your floor for the system to be installed, or the ground may need to be slightly raised. This means that while they’re a great solution for new builds, they can be difficult to install on some properties but our engineers will advise you on how best to install a water based underfloor heating system.