Underfloor heating or traditional?

Long gone are the days where we have to have chunky metal boxes in the corners of our rooms to keep our houses warm and toasty – we can now have hidden underfloor heating systems to do the job. Sounds great, right?
There are certainly many advantages to underfloor heating; one being that you’ll certainly never moan about chilly toes again! Once underfloor heating systems are installed, maintenance is minimal too, unlike traditional radiator systems which often need bleeding or fixing when a leak occurs. If you are an asthma sufferer, underfloor heating is a great option as it produces less airborne dust.
Traditional radiators often collect a lot of dust down the nooks and crannies of the radiator itself, making it difficult to clean, this dust builds up and rarely gets a proper clean, letting all the nasties out for us to breath in.
Which give a better heat flow?
I know what you might be thinking; surely radiators keep the home warmer as you can turn them up and down easily on a dial? Actually, underfloor heating gives a more consistent heat flow as it rises evenly throughout the room. On the other hand, traditional heating often sends heat out at an angle which is quick to be absorbed by the floor.
A consideration for those with kids or pets
If you have children or pets (or both!), underfloor heating can be a great option. Not only will your pets have somewhere toasty to lie (and we all know how dogs love a warm spot!), your children may be safer, too. Especially when your child is a toddler, little ones will grasp onto whatever they can when they are learning to walk, and this includes hot radiators which can be painful to touch and of course painful to fall on.
Cost factors
There is an initial cost associated with any form of heating system that you choose, and it’s a decision which you should consider carefully. With underfloor heating, you have two options – electric systems (which can be expensive to run due to the amount of electricity needed to heat fuel) or water based systems. If you have a new build, water systems can be embedded into the initial flooring; if not, electric systems are often the preferred method of underfloor heating as it is easier to install. There’s lots more information about underfloor heating on this website.
It depends on your lifestyle
Underfloor heating may be the popular choice at the moment due to it being relatively new and quite fancy, as well as it creating an aesthetically pleasing look in a modern room (e.g. no radiators to spoil the interior!) However, there are still lots of benefits to traditional heating systems depending on what you and your family need in the home. Radiators are quiet, release heat which is not dry and are easy to control.

There are many things to consider when deciding between traditional heating or underfloor heating, but it will often depend on the type of home and budget you have.

What kind of heating system do you have? Is underfloor heating all it’s made out to be? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
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