Underfloor Heating Review: Underfloor Heating Systems Vs. Radiators

The choice between an underfloor heating system and a traditional radiator based heating system can be a tough one. Both the heating systems have their own pros and cons and therefore selecting one of them can be a bit confusing. If you also find yourself perplexed, this underfloor heating review can be of much help to you.

The primary problem with the traditional heating systems is that the emanated hot air is concentrated near the roof of the room only. Underfloor systems address this problem by uniformly heating the room. In these systems, the hot air emanates from the floor of the room and rises towards the roof, heating the entire room in a uniform manner in the process. These systems also help in quickly drying up the floor of the room in which they are installed. This is helpful in rooms such as kitchen and bathrooms that tend to get wet often.

Underfloor heating systems are easy to install as well. Unlike radiator-based systems – including older cast iron radiators – underfloor systems can be installed without any professional help. However, it is still advisable that an expert’s advice is taken before installing the system. These underfloor heating systems are also ideal for those who have any respiratory disorder as they help keeping the room dust and mite free.

Underfloor heating systems are of two types: water based underfloor heating systems and electric underfloor heating systems. While water based systems, use water pipes for heating, electric systems utilize electric cables for the purpose. With both these types, there are no restrictions on placement of any furniture in the room.

There are some disadvantages of underfloor systems as well. These systems work better on particular kind of flooring. This limits the choice of flooring for you. These systems also cost more than radiator-based systems. There can also be some heating efficiency benefits by utilizing radiator covers that will direct some of the hot air into the space, but this effect is still nowhere near the efficiency of an underfloor system.  In the end, due to their low energy consumption, they, in fact, prove to be more inexpensive.

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