A properly functioning and efficient heating system in your home is vital to keep the family warm and comfortable, especially in the winter season. One of your options is a water under floor heating system. It has its pros and cons, and it’s essential to know them to determine if it’s the best choice for you.
- Energy-efficient. Radiators need to reach a higher temperature before they can effectively heat the space. Water under floor heating systems require a lower temperature than radiators for them to start heating the room. It means that you will save more energy, which is added savings on your electricity costs in the long run.
- Safe. The pipes are secured under the floor, so there is no need for maintenance. It’s also safer because you don’t have to worry about the hot temperature or the sharp edges of radiators that may hurt someone in your house.
- Can work with different floor coverings. It will not affect the type of floor that you wish to use in your home. Whether you want to have tiles, wood, or vinyl, the system will work without any issue. Moreover, it will also not affect the overall aesthetics of your home since the pipes are not visible.
- Easy to use. You can use a thermostat or a control system to efficiently control the temperature or turn the system on or off when needed. Even if the pipes are under the floor, it will still not be difficult to make the adjustments that you need when it comes to the temperature inside your house.
- Free up space. Radiators take up space on the walls. Not only can they be unsightly, but they also use the area that you could probably use for other things like wall decor. It will not be a concern with a water under floor heating system because once installed; you will not see it anymore, as if it doesn’t exist.
- High upfront cost. It is an investment to have this system installed. The upfront cost can be more expensive compared to radiators. However, as mentioned, you will be able to save in the long run because it’s energy efficient and low maintenance.
- Takes time to install. On average, it takes about 2 to 4 days to install water under floor heating systems. If it’s a bigger space, it may take longer than that. You will not be able to use that space while the installation is ongoing, which can be a bit of a hassle.
- Changes floor height. Since pipes and cement or liquid screed will be installed, there will be a little change in the height of the floor. It will increase by a few centimetres.
These are the pros and cons of having a water under floor heating system installed in your house. Weigh them carefully to ensure that it’s the best option for you. It may cost you some money at first, but you will save more in the long run. Moreover, it will free up space, and it will not affect the overall look of your home.