One of the biggest trends among homeowners seems to be under floor, or radiant floor heating. And it’s no wonder; this type of heating is not only quieter than other traditional heating methods, but it is also greener. However, it is not for everyone.
Three Advantages of Under Floor Heating
1) Energy Efficient
There is no doubt that under floor heating is incredibly efficient. With this type of heating, there is no worry about energy waste due to ducts or heat-to-air transfer. Under floor heating can result in immediate energy savings.
2) Better Air Quality and Quieter Operation
Although underfloor heating won’t improve air quality, it will significantly reduce the chances of existing allergens and other contaminants circulating in your home. Under floor heating can also operate virtually noiselessly.
3) Adds value to your property
If you plan on selling your home in the next few years, installing under floor heating can mean that you get a higher price for your home. Installing this type of flooring means your buyer doesn’t have to, which is a win-win.
Three Disadvantages of Under Floor Heating
1) Invasive Installation
Regardless of the type of under floor heating you choose, it’s likely that renovations of some type will be necessary. This is because underfloor heating is installed under or over a subfloor, or in between two layers of a subfloor or embedded in concrete.
Under floor heating is only suitable for a single purpose: heating your floor. It cannot circulate the heat it generates, nor can it filter the air in your home or be changed to cooling when it’s needed.
3) Up-front Cost
Under floor heating is expensive to purchase and have installed, although this is usually offset by long-term savings in heating bills.
The most important thing to consider is whether the benefits of underfloor heating is worth the cost. Way up both these advantages and disadvantages and decide if it’s the best decision for you. If it isn’t then you can always consider it as a future plan and save up if the cost is too much at the current time.