Considering Various Heating Options; Underfloor Heating or Radiator Replacement?
If you have potentially been wondering recently if you should replace your radiators with underfloor heating in your home, you are in the right place. In this article, we will have a look at which option could be best suited to your home. Even though you will most likely need some guidance from a professional general builder such as Spenwell General Builders before going ahead, it is good to weigh the pros and cons beforehand. This is because having a professional assess your property may change your initial conclusion, based on your individual home. However, there are still various factors that you could consider before taking the plunge.
Underfloor heating in particular has come a very long way since its first introduction. Radiators, on the other hand, have been the standard heating system for UK homes since the 30’s. As a trendy and modern-day solution, underfloor heating has evolved to keep up with the times. It is now considered to be the heating system of choice when it comes to luxury and comfort.
The Pros of Underfloor Heating
At the forefront of heating trends in recent years, underfloor heating offers some amazing benefits. Underfloor heating is a versatile heating option that is popular for use in the bathroom and kitchens. That being said, they can be installed in virtually any room in your home. Using underfloor heating instead of radiators is certainly a viable option and comes with a range of advantages. One noticeable advantage is the energy efficiency that underfloor heating offers. This is especially true when hydronic underfloor heating systems are used.
Underfloor heating options in general offer greater energy efficiency, which equate to cost saving for home owners in the long run. This is a massive benefit as energy efficiency is becoming an ever growing concern for UK homeowners. Underfloor heating provides an adequate level of heating that works in a different manner than radiators and is considered to be much better.
Additional Benefits to Underfloor Heating
When it comes to underfloor heating, the heat is distributed according to the principle of radiant heating. This means that instead of heating the air itself in a room, the objects are heated. This results in better heat distribution, plus the prevention of air-borne diseases and common respiratory conditions. Radiators on the other hand, rely on convection heating, which can cause cold spots in a room since the heat is not distributed evenly.
Furthermore, when it comes to property design, underfloor heating is a subtle solution to consider for your heating requirements. Radiators are clunky and aesthetically not that pleasing. Not to mention the fact that they take up space that could be better utilized. Underfloor heating, on the other hand, offers unlimited design freedom to interior designers and architects. This is a great option when you prioritise the aesthetics of your home. You may at this stage have an answer to the question; underfloor heating or radiator replacement?
Underfloor Heating Cons
However, naturally, there are some downsides to consider, even though underflooring is superior in the energy-saving, heat distribution and space-saving divisions. This relates to the initial cost involved and installation. You should be prepared for the time and disruption that come with replacing your radiators with underfloor heating. Since installation can be more complex if your home is already established, this option is a no-brainer when it comes to building a new home. That being said, Spenwell General Builders certainly believes that the initial cost and installation are certainly worth the benefits you will receive.
Spenwell General Builders can help you to make the change over as effortlessly as possible, taking the stress out of the process for you. Our builders in East London and Essex have a team of expert heating engineers offering professional heating and plumbing services. Get in touch with Spenwell General Builders today if you have been contemplating underfloor heating or radiator replacement. Furthermore, we offer extensions and loft conversions, kitchen and bathroom renovations, roofing and guttering, as well as house refurbishment services!