Underfloor Heating Pros and Cons
One of the joys of the British summer is the ability to fling open windows and doors, and stow away your socks for a few months. This simple joy is highly valued when it comes to decisions about home heating systems. More and more families are considering a heating option that makes sock-less living a reality throughout the year.
Underfloor heating is now the fastest growing heating sector in the UK. Whilst it still represents only 7% of the market, demand is growing consistently. Households are adopting ufh because they consider it more sustainable than other options, and they like the potential for lower energy bills. The sector is predicted to have ongoing growth of around 6% each year.
What are the Underfloor Heating Pros and Cons for Householders?
This innovative heating system is an attractive proposition, and we see more and more housing developers adopting it in new builds. As with any innovative technology, however, it’s important to look at the whole picture before making your choice. After all, heating your family home is a major decision! As underfloor heating installers, we’ve come up with a list of 3 pros, and 3 cons for you to consider.
Wet Underfloor Heating – PROS
- Healthy Heating. One of the drawbacks of the traditional gas, central heating system is that it attracts dust into the environment as it heats your home. Wet underfloor heating produces radiant warmth which heats objects rather than air. As a result, the atmosphere has a vastly reduced concentration of dust, and the water content of the air is retained.
- Lower Water Temperatures. Wet underfloor heating comprises a grid of water pipes encases in screed flooring. The screed creates a sub floor for your flooring finish, and it also facilitates the spread of heat to every corner of the room. Innovative flow screed is an enhanced thermal conductor, which means you can run your heating on lower temperatures.
- Enhanced Design Options. Losing the radiators frees up the decisions you make about room layout, and flooring options. You’ll no longer need to worry about blocking heat from your radiators. And the floor is no longer the realm of chills and draughts, meaning you can incorporate cushions into your seating design. For floor coverings, tiles, polished concrete, and low density wood work well with ufh.
Wet Underfloor Heating – CONS
- Retrofitting UFH. Until recently, wet underfloor heating has been considered problematic when retro-fitting in older properties. This is due to the fact that the height of the floor is changed in the process. There are now, however, innovative solutions that allow for fast, and effective UHF installations, without radically altering your floor space.
- Length of Time to Install. The technologies that facilitate the installation of wet underfloor heating are improving all the time. The use of liquid screed has dramatically reduced the time required for installation, and the drying time once it’s laid. If you’re retro-fitting ufh, low profile underfloor heating can be installed in a matter of hours.
- Slow Heat Build-Up. Early versions of wet underfloor heating required a lengthy period to transfer heating from the water pipes to every corner of the room. Liquid screed is an advanced flooring technology that ensures the rapid conductivity of heat to every corner of the room. Once the heat is established, it’s retained far longer than with radiators.
RB Liquid Screed for Efficient and Effective Installations
Our teams of underfloor heating specialist installers are recruited locally to form rapid response teams in your region. We take pride in the innovative materials that offer a second-to-none wet underfloor heating installation, and in the skills and experience of our installers. Whether you’re a contractor looking to install ufh in a new build, or a homeowner wanting wet underfloor heating in an older property, we’ll have the solution
Thinking of changing your heating system? Take a look at our underfloor heating pros and cons, or call one of our ufh specialists on 01842 659498 / 07498 964984