YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT UNDERFLOOR HEATING
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.