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How it works un­like ra­di­a­tors, un­der­floor heat­ing spreads heat evenly across the whole space, so you can use a lower tem­per­a­ture and still feel just as toasty, wher­ever you are in the room. as heat rises, the lower the heat source means the less en­ergy is wasted through the ceil­ing. Lower tem­per­a­tures, less wasted heat (and you’ll never have to buy slip­pers again), so your bank bal­ance will be pleased, too. the op­tions the two main types of sys­tems are water and elec­tric. al­though elec­tric sys­tems are cheaper up­front, a water sys­tem could save you more money in the long run. ‘You should also con­sider the size of your space, as al­though both can be used in ei­ther sin­gle rooms or whole houses, a water sys­tem could be more ef­fi­cient if your space is over 22m2’ says David Play­foot at up­onor. and if next sum­mer is any­thing like the one we’ve had, water sys­tems can also help keep your home cool – who knew!

DIY or ex­pert fit­ter?

You can buy DIY un­der­floor heat­ing packs with step-by-step guides so you can in­stall it your­self, but un­less you’re al­ready in the know, get a pro­fes­sional in. With wiring, elec­tric­ity or water in­volved, this isn’t some­thing where you want to do a botch job.

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