Can Floor Heating Replace Radiators in my House?
Floor heaters allow total design freedom when renovating your home and offer lower long-term running costs than traditional heating systems.
Floor heating uses radiant heat technology to warm the objects and people in the room from the floor up as opposed to central-heated radiators which focus on heating just the air of a room. This makes underfloor heating a much more efficient heating system than radiators, conserving energy whilst also reducing dust circulation, thereby improving the air quality of your home.
You can absolutely replace the radiators in your home with an underfloor heating system. We recommended carrying out a heat loss calculation on the room you wish to heat to make sure it is suitably insulated and can be primarily heated by a floor heater. Some rooms with smaller floor areas, such as small bathrooms, may require supplemental heating.
Type of Project
Floor heaters provide a highly flexible heating solution for your home. They can be used to heat just one small room or can be installed throughout an entire house.
Floor Heating in One Room
If you are renovating one room in your home, such as your bathroom, an electric underfloor heater is a great choice to provide a consistent, comfortable heat output.
Heating Multiple Rooms
Electric and water floor heaters can be installed in several different rooms of your home, through a process known as zoned heating. Zoned heating refers to splitting your home’s floor heating systems into distinct ‘zones’ that can be controlled separately to one another for greater comfort and efficiency.
Heating the Whole House
Underfloor heating systems are well suited for use as the primary source of heat in your whole house. A hybrid solution, using a combination of both electric and water systems, often provides an ideal solution for multi-storey homes.
Floor Heating throughout a Multi-Storey House
An underfloor heating system can be installed in every room of your home, with systems suitable for ground floors, basements and upper levels. Before considering radiant floor heating for your home, it is important to carry out a heat loss assessment to make sure each room in your house is well insulated and that a floor heater can be used as a primary heat source.
If you are installing an underfloor heating system on the ground floor of a new-build home, consider one of our water systems which can be installed directly into the subfloor. The Clypso System is a popular hydronic heater and has been specifically designed for use with floating screeded floors. If you are refurbishing the ground floor of your existing home, one of our low-profile water or electric systems would be recommended such as the StickyMat System which offers rapid installation times and won’t affect the floor build-up.
If you are installing underfloor heating upstairs, many of our electric systems are ideal to use. If your property has suspended timber flooring, we offer a range of water systems that have been developed to use with such subfloor constructions. Our Econna Joisted Floor System provides a ‘dry’ installation, meaning no heavy screeding is required and its insulation sits between the timber floor joists, allowing a more low-profile heating solution.
Benefits of Zoned Floor Heating
Installing multiple floor heaters across your home facilitates a zoned heating function. This is where multiple heaters are split into separate zones controlled by a zone-dedicated thermostat, increasing the efficiency of your home’s heating. For instance, if you have installed floor heating throughout the ground floor of your home, your hallway and living room may be one zone and your kitchen another zone. The ability to zone heating around your lifestyle greatly improves the efficiency of your heating system, preventing unnecessary energy wastage. This level of precision cannot be matched by traditional central heating systems.
Costs of Floor Heating in your Home
The initial costs of purchasing a system and installing it vary depending on the requirements of your project, however the increased efficiency of underfloor heating results in big savings on your energy bills. Floor heaters run at lower temperatures than central heating whilst still producing the same level of warmth and comfort, resulting in lower long-term running costs.
Smart Thermostats for Enhanced Energy-efficiency
You can maximise on the energy-efficiency of a floor heating system in your home by controlling the system with a Warmup Smart Thermostat and its accompanying smartphone apps. Using the 4iE Smart WiFi Thermostat alongside our MyHeating and AutoSwitch apps can save you up to £378 on your annual energy bills.
What System Type is Best for me?
Electric floor heaters are perfect if you are renovating your home. They provide a quick and easy installation and their low-profile nature means they won’t impact on floor build-up heights. Electric systems are great if you just want to radiantly heat one room in your home.
If you are building your dream home, consider specifying a hydronic system during the design stage so you take the deeper system build-up into account. However, our Total-16 Water System offers a low-profile heating solution and is recommended for renovation projects.
A hybrid solution is often ideal when considering whole-house heating. This is where different areas in the space are heated by electric or water systems, using both in unison in your home to achieve a comfortable and efficient combination. Perfect for new-build projects.
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