People invest in underfloor heating for a whole host of reasons, including comfort, the creation of more space, and increased efficiency, just to mention a few. During a chilly day, who would want to miss the opportunity of touching a warm, cosy floor when you step out of bed?
Underfloor heating is compatible with various home designs, be it modern, traditional or retro styles. Underfloor heating is also suitable for different flooring designs, making it a viable option for a wide range of décor styles.
If you are thinking about taking the plunge and investing in underfloor heating, Underfloor Heating Trade Supplies, suppliers of high-quality underfloor heating kits, takes a look at ten things you should consider before investing in underfloor heating.
1 – Consider whether to go for an electric or a wet system
Whereas the electric underfloor heating systems can be cheaper to install, the wet systems can be easier to run. If you are considering installing underfloor heating to a single room or a small building extension, then an electronic underfloor heating system would be the best choice. However, the running cost should also be considered in the long-run.
2 – How much heat is needed?
How much heat is needed in your home? Before investing in underfloor heating, as yourself how much heating is required in your home. Perhaps it’s just an additional room that requires extra heating, such as a new conservatory or an attic conversion? Which rooms require heating and how much of a property needs to be heating through underfloor heating will inevitably determine the budget of the project.
3 – How much space do you have available?
As Uswitch notes in its guide to underfloor heating:
If you have limited space in a room, where big and bulky radiators are likely to get in the way, being hidden underfloor and requiring no space whatsoever, underfloor heating could be the right heating for you.
4 – Invest in a good control zone system
Investing in a good control zone is one of the best ways of controlling the temperature as well as the occupancy patterns in line with the timing of each zone. For example, the bedrooms need to be heated during the day while the lounge should be warm through the evening. The initial cost of a control zone system is easily repaid through increased comfort and energy saving.
5 – Choose the right floor covering
What flooring will cover your underfloor heating system? Certain types of flooring can be more efficient than others when it comes to covering underfloor heating. Wood, for example, is hailed a being a good insulator and helping to increase the efficiency of the heating. By contrast, engineered timber has little or no effect on the heat output.
6 – The cost
Whilst underfloor heating can save homeowners significant amounts of money in the long-term, predominantly by reducing the cost of energy bills, the system does require an outlay of money to install.
Before you commit to investing in underfloor heating, you should get in contact with an underfloor heating supplier and ask for a quote for the installation to determine whether you can realistically afford to have the system installed.
7 – A long-term investment
The savings made on bills through underfloor heating may be relatively modest but over longer periods can add up to save homeowners money in the long-term.
8 – Will you use an electric mat system?
Newer types of electric underfloor heating systems referred to as ‘mat’, in which the elements are embedded into a continuous roll, are proving popular. Though these electric mat systems can tend to be more expensive to run than wet systems.
9 – Consider the nature of the timber
If you are installing an underfloor heating system, consider the nature of the timber. In the case of a suspended timber floor, it is important to look at the amount of heat being applied to the floor. A sudden change in the amount of heat that the timber is used to causes the wood to warp. Ensure that you consult the home designer and have any old timber replaced.
10 – Who will install the system?
Do you have sufficient DIY skills to install an underfloor heating system yourself? You should consider the fact that legally, certain elements of an underfloor heating system will need to be fitted by a certified or qualified fitter.
*This blog post was written by Underfloor Heating Trade Supplies, specialists in the supply of high-quality underfloor heating kits.*