The pros and cons of under-floor heating

There is nothing quite as uncomfortable as stepping into the bathroom on a cold winters morning and feeling that you want to turn around and head back to bed because the floor is so cold. When this happens you can begin to appreciate the benefits of under floor heating. It does not have to be kept in the bathroom only; heating supplies in Bromsgrove have everything that is required to use it throughout the house. It is a very energy efficient way of keeping the house warm, but there are a few things that need to be considered.

The pros and cons:

Everyone knows that heat rises, therefore having the heat source at the lowest point in every room makes sense. Tests have concluded that under floor heating is about 40% more efficient than systems based on wall mounted radiators.

Under floor heating can be used as a standalone heat source or in conjunction with radiators. If radiators are used, the number of them can be reduced, freeing up wall space which can be converted into shelving or simply left alone, giving the room a minimalist look which is favoured by many interior decorators.

There are no cold spots with under floor heating constructed with heating supplies in Bromsgrove. The heat is spread evenly over the floor. Under floor heating can be either hot water or electric, neither of which require any maintenance once installed. However, if you used hot water and a pipe burst, you would have to tear up the floor to make the repair.

A quick look at the pros:

  • Warm stone and tile floors
  • Freeing wall space by replacing radiators
  • Can be used with any type of floor
  • Can be installed retrospectively
  • Heating supplies in Bromsgrove have the supplies on hand for DIY installation

Now the cons:

  • Longer time to heat the room
  • Can be expensive to install
  • Depending on the floor, retrofit can be difficult
  • Radiators may still be needed in certain situations

The systems, electric and hot water:

When retrofitting an existing house, an electric system is superior as the flat wires can readily be adapted to lie on existing floors. Electric heating uses mesh mats which are laid on the floor and then connected to the power source. Although they are easy to install, the running costs are considerably higher than the costs associated with hot water systems.

Hot water systems are ideally laid when the house is being constructed. The system consists of a grid of plastic pipes that are beneath the floor surface, they contain warm water sourced from the central heating boiler. The piping that is used is continuous to eliminate any possible joint leaks. Each room can control the heat via a control valve.

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