With winter creeping upon us and autumn leaves falling all around, many of us don't wish to be outside more than we have to be because it's so cold. Fortunately, you can ensure that your home is a warm haven from the season's frost and gain a few extra benefits with underfloor heating.
There are two main types of underfloor heating: water and electric. Both are great at providing consistent warmth efficiently; let me explain how. Traditional radiators require heating to around 65-75 degrees Celsius to effectively warm a room, whereas underfloor heating needs to only run at 29 degrees Celcius (or less depending on the floor's finish) to accomplish the same goal. This highlights the first benefit of underfloor heating, using less energy, which is not only great for the eco-conscious but also the wallet-conscious by reducing those bills.
But why is there such a disparity in running temperatures? Part of the reason radiators run so much higher is due to trying to eradicate cold spots, a problem intrinsic to how they circulate heat. Radiators heat their relatively small surface area (compared to the room) first and then warms the air particles closest to them. The heat gradually diminishes as you get further away due to most of it rising up and away from the rest of the room. To combat the cold spots, you may open a window to use the flow of air to pull the heat across the room, but this results in having to run higher temperatures as you release the heat to the outdoors and heating new cold air.
Underfloor heating emits heat across the whole floor surface area, allowing heat to rise from every inch, and eliminating issues of cold spots and cold feet!
Underfloor heating not only improves your heating bills and comfort, but also the space in your home. The absence of radiators frees up your room layouts and interior design creativity, and you no longer have to worry about bumping into their metal corners or hot surfaces - particularly great if you have children or find yourself struggling for space. It is estimated that radiators take up 10% of your wall and floor space in your entire home. Just think how you could put that to use!
Well, this all sounds too good to be true, so what's the catch? Traditionally, underfloor heating has a reputation of being expensive as it requires a larger installation investment than traditional heating systems (radiators). However, the energy savings, efficiency and quality of life they provide are tremendous, making up the difference over time (and in greater comfort)! With precise zoned heating, each room of your house can have its own micro-climate perfect for each occupant - enough to make Goldilocks and the Three Bears jealous! - and it can all be adjusted from your phone should you wish.
The next common complaint is floor height. Here at MTM Tile Showroom, we install electric Devi systems which are cheaper and easier to install compared to their water counterparts. Their small size means there is little impact on floor height compared to water counterparts (for example, a 4mm Devi matt versus a 60-100mm concrete layer on top of the water tubes - that's a large space saver!) and this also facilitates installation during renovation without rebuilding your floor. With an up to 20-year guarantee on your high-quality Devi product, and manufactured with the highest EU standards of quality control, you can put your mind and feet at ease with your heated floor system.
Contact us today if you're interested or would like to learn more.