When looking for a new heating solution for your home, it’s a good idea to research your chosen system so you can be confident about the decision with no unexpected surprises. In this informative guide, we’ll look at some of the myths about underfloor heating and sort the facts from the fiction. You’ll learn:
- The history of radiant heat technology
- The heat-up times of floor heating
- How UFH is suitable for all floor types
- The costs of underfloor heating
- The most suitable rooms for floor heaters
1. Is underfloor heating a new form of heating technology?
No! Radiant floor heating has existed in various forms for thousands of years. From ancient Korea to the Roman Empire, people have used radiant heat to warm their homes through the use of fire and natural geothermal energy. Over the course of 20th century, engineers and architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright helped develop the kind of systems we see today, and more recent technological advances have led to the creation of energy-efficient electric and water floor heating systems that keep our homes warm whilst having as negligible impact on our environment as possible.
2. Do floor heaters take a long time to heat up?
Quite the contrary; electric floor heaters provide a responsive heating solution, with some systems able to reach optimal comfort temperatures in as little as 20 minutes. Water underfloor heating systems take longer to heat up a room but due to their innovative design, they can also be used as a form of storage heating – keeping your home cosy for longer, with even lower running costs.
3. Can UFH systems damage floors?
If you follow the recommendations for a secure installation, then a Warmup floor heating system is guaranteed to be safe to use with your chosen floor finish. Different floor coverings have specific heating requirements and we offer a range of UFH systems for all floor types. For instance, if you are considering carpeting for your home renovation then our Foil Heater would be an excellent choice. Thinking about tiled flooring for your bathroom? Then our DCM-PRO Heated Decoupling System has been designed to help prevent tiles from cracking. Discover the best flooring to use with underfloor heating in our helpful expert article.
4. Is radiant heating expensive?
The energy-saving technology of underfloor heating can help save you up to 40% on your energy bills compared to traditional heating methods. Floor heaters offer quicker heat-up times than gas-based central heating systems and operate a lower temperature to reach the same level of warmth – greatly conserving energy usage. Using a Smart Thermostat to control your UFH system can help reduce your expenses even more through the use of automatic heating and efficient heating scheduling. Using our 6iE Smart WiFi Thermostat and its accompanying Smartphone apps can help save you over £400 a year on your bills, so the costs of purchasing and installing a new system can be offset by these lower running costs.. Read our informative guide to learn some more ways to save money on your heating bills.
5. Are floor heating systems only suitable for kitchens and bathrooms?
Not at all, we offer electric and water floor heating solutions for every room of your home, from bathrooms to bedrooms and kitchens to basements. If you’re constructing a new-build house or working on a larger renovation project, our water underfloor heating systems would be a smart choice to provide heat for the whole property. For smaller refurbishment projects or secondary heating in just one room, an electric floor heater would be an ideal solution. To find the perfect heating system for your room and discover exactly how much it will cost, use our online quote tool today.