Pros and cons of underfloor heating
Underfloor heating is a great way to keep your home warm. It’s lovely to walk on, it distributes heat evenly around each corner of the room, and it frees your walls from radiators, making more space for paintings, shelf units or even picture windows - or allowing you to create a minimalist look if you wish.
However, it can also be very expensive to install, particularly in older houses, so you may need to think long and hard before making a decision.
Why don’t more people have it in their homes? We look at the pros and cons to help you decide whether it’s right for your property.
What are the good things about underfloor heating systems?
Comfort! Your feet will be lovely and warm, so you can walk around barefoot all year - it’s particularly welcoming in the bathroom when you step out of the bath or shower
It distributes heat evenly and consistently around each room
A suitably sized unit can heat a larger area than an individual radiator, and works at a lower temperature, so it could reduce your heating bills
Less wastage – your floors will stay warm even if the windows are open or the room is very draughty
It’s hidden – so it doesn’t spoil your décor or take up space with ugly, bulky radiators
It can be installed below stone, tile, wood or carpeted floors (as long as the carpet isn’t too thick - a 1.5 tog is generally considered the maximum suitable thickness)
It might enhance your home’s selling price: underfloor heating has a reputation for being state of the art and high spec and could attract buyers looking for a luxurious property