What’s the deal with underfloor heating?

You may know that one service that this plumber in West London offers is under floor heating. Underfloor heating is already widely used in northern Europe and is becoming more and more popular in the UK, particularly for new builds but in existing property updates too. As a plumber in West London, I’ve found it to be a fantastic alternative to the traditional radiator. Benefits include:

-No cold spots

-Highly Efficient

-Great use of space/aesthetically pleasing

-Very low maintenance

-Versatile

-Most cost effective for new builds and extensions

Unlike traditional radiators that are mounted on the wall, an underfloor heating system heats the room from the floor up, as the floor itself becomes the heat emitter. In this West London plumber’s experience, this kind of heating provides a substantially more consistent and even heat flow in your home. There is a big difference in the efficiency of a conventional radiator system in comparison, which loses a considerable amount of heat. What’s more, compared to radiator systems, there is no noise. This means no annoying ticking as pipes expand in floor voids.

There are two main types of underfloor heating: electric underfloor heating, which is also known as a dry system, and the more modern water underfloor heating, also called a wet system. They can sit beneath pretty much any type of floor, including stone, tile, wooden or even carpeted surfaces and is a fantastic space-saving alternative to radiators. The systems are essentially identical; only one uses an electric heating cable while the other circulated heated water through a pipe.

As a plumber in West London, I understand that it’s an expensive decision to make and there can be some cons. Underfloor heating can take longer to heat up than radiators, which work quickly to high temperatures. Moreover in certain cases, as with smaller systems, they won’t be able to totally supplement radiators. Many would consider underfloor heating is a high-end luxury product, rather than home heating essential.

If you’re thinking of installing underfloor heating and are looking for some advice, don’t hesitate to contact your local West London plumber.