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Underfloor Heating-The Ups And Downs

The Ups And Downs Of Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating can benefit your home greatly, not only because it generates a warm & comfy feeling all round your home but by installing underfloor heating, you also free up wall space by not having radiators.

Understanding the pros and cons of underfloor is important before considering investing in it. As experienced heating engineers and fitters we know a thing or two about underfloor heating. Making the best choice for your property is key, weighing up the information below should help you decide whether underfloor heating is for you.

What Is Underfloor Heating?

Underfloor heating works by laying a series of pipes under your flooring, covering the whole length of each room. This network of piping distributes heat evenly throughout the room creating a warmer environment. 

This highly efficient system is perfect for homes of any age and we can fit it with as little hassle as possible. We are noticing an increase in businesses and commercial properties too as the heating is distributed across a complete space, making it much more efficient at heating large spaces than traditional radiators.

underfloor heating piping with metal frame placed above

Underfloor Heating Vs. Radiators

A question we are asked often is ‘which is better, underfloor heating or traditional radiators? Well whilst we can’t directly compare them both, there are pros and cons to both systems. We’re going to outline some of the key factors to consider when investing in a heating system and how each system compares.

What Is Underfloor Heating?

Heating efficiency

Heating a room can really depend on many factors such as the size of the room and insulation etc. but when it comes to heating systems, typically underfloor heating is more efficient than traditional radiators as it essentially turns the whole floor into one large radiator.

Underfloor heating can use up to 40% less energy than a traditional radiator system.

So for a more efficient heating system, underfloor heating has to take the lead.


A fundamental factor when deciding which heating system to invest in is the cost. Underfloor heating is often a bit pricier than a traditional radiator system but it’s best to weigh up the overall cost of running both systems. Often for a larger room it may be more beneficial to run a more efficient heating system. Radiators can be significantly cheaper in a smaller build for example a 2 bedroom bungalow.

Radiators are cheaper to buy and install but we suggest looking into the size of the rooms you’re trying to heat and how well each system would fair before deciding.

Radiators are cheaper on average to install.

Which Looks Better?

This one is obvious, traditional radiators take up wall space and depending on how large they are, they can often take up quite a bit. This isn’t an issue with underfloor heating, keeping your walls free can often make rooms look larger and much more stylish.

Some people prefer the look of radiators on the wall, they symbolize warmth and comfort for many, so this decision really depends on your design preferences. 

If you wish to free up wall space and create the illusion of a larger room  then underfloor heating is a great choice.

Air Quality & Comfort

Have you ever had the heating on for a while and you start to feel stuffy? This can be due to the way your heating system distributes air. With traditional radiators they use a convection heating process which can make the room feel stuffy and as it tends to reduce the humidity slightly.

With radiant heating systems such as underfloor heating, they heat objects directly therefore maintaining air quality.

For better air quality when your heating is on, underfloor heating is often the best option.

Things To Consider When Choosing A Heating System

Regardless of your decision you can be sure that our heating engineers will do a great job supplying and fitting your new heating system.  We will make sure that everything is in working order before leaving so that you have peace of mind that your heating will work perfectly.

Is best to consider all factors when choosing a heating system as it can be a large investment that will last a long time. It can be factors that may not come to mind straight away such as checking the weight of your furniture. Some underfloor heating systems have weight limits which may affect your decision.

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Contact Us About Underfloor Heating & Heating Systems In Exeter

Our highly trained team is on hand to assist you with your decision and advise you on the best heating system for your home. Call us today for more information or to enquire about our heating engineer services in Exeter.

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