Underfloor heating is a relatively new form of heating that involves putting radiator systems under the floor. Installing underfloor heating is an increasingly popular home improvement project, despite the initial outlay. And there are many practical reasons why installing underfloor heating in new and existing homes might seem interesting to homeowners and developers. Here are five reasons to consider underfloor heating for your home.
The Energy Savings
Underfloor heating is viewed as an energy efficient form of heating. When you heat the layer under your floors, they absorb heat before slowly radiating that heat into your home. Your heated floors will continue to warm the room for hours after you’ve turned off the heat. Furthermore, because the floors are as low as you can go, the heat will drift up through your home, keeping it as warm as possible. This is more efficient than the heated air sent through a wall vent.
The Financial Savings
In addition to energy savings, underfloor heating can end up saving you money over time compared the other alternatives. For example, they rarely ever require maintenance once they’ve been installed. That isn’t the case if you install an electric heater or put in a new steam radiator.
The Increased Value of Your Home
Underfloor heating is a must-have amenity in luxury homes, especially in colder climates. When you own an older home, putting in heated floors shows that you’re trying to make it warm and cozy. Electric heating systems are both inexpensive and easy to install, making them a great way to upgrade your home.
Their Impact on Your Comfort Level
One of the biggest benefits of a floor heating system is that it improves the comfort level of your home. It leaves the entire room uniformly warm. Minor air drafts or major ones as someone opens a door are quickly offset by the mass of warm air rising up from the floor. HVAC engineers can determine the best type of underfloor heating system for each room in your house based on its size and type of flooring so that you get a system that is cost-effective and efficient as possible.
Note that under-floor heating systems are incredibly versatile; they can be placed under timber, laminate, stone, tile and vinyl floors. Regardless of your type of flooring, you won’t rue getting out of bed because you don’t want to step on cold floors.
The Impact on Your Health
Heated air flowing from electric radiators or vents often fails to warm your floor. This leaves floors cold and damp. This can foster mold growth in the carpet and turning up the thermostat will do nothing to get rid of dust mites. Conversely, floor heating systems keep floors warm and dry, preventing most mold and mites from making their home in your carpet or floorboards. Initial research has found that installing a floor heating system reduces the incidence of dust mites by up to 80%. If you’re allergic to dust mites, installing underfloor heating should be on your to-do list.
Underfloor heating systems have a direct impact on your quality of life. This explains why they’re so popular in new homes and renovation projects.