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The Advantages Of Electric Underfloor Heating

Sep 4, 2008
Heating is one of the most important parts of a new build home, particularly if you are a resident of the cold rainy UK. Normal radiant heating systems have been in use for many households for many years, however, they have been proven to be inefficient in using up energy. Heating systems like these tend to be fixed up against the wall, which means that they are more likely to take up unnecessary amounts of space and can be a waste of space.

Radiant heating tend to circulate heat around the house by allowing the heat to rise, trapping some heat by the ceiling and heating the upper body. With upper body warmed people are more likely to feel head-achey, dehydrated, lethargic, sluggish and uncomfortable. The bottom half of the body remains cool or cold, which does not provide satisfactory warmth to the body. Other types of heating that can help with an evenly distributed heating in any room is underfloor heating.

Electric underfloor heating are in particular is more popular than any other, as these are cheaper to install and are relatively low cost. Hydronic (warm water piped underfloor heating) a little more expensive as they take longer to warm up and often can be uneven in providing warmth. However, they can circulate heat efficiently as this is good at warming the lower half of the body. There is no loss of heat and the warmth is kept well insulated.

Furthermore electric underfloor heating can help in providing you immediate heat; therefore you would not have to wait so long to warm up the bedrooms in your house, with the added help of being able to better control your temperature gauge. With electric floor heating you are able to feel the temperature changing more quickly when adjusting it on the controller. It is also easier to control which rooms you would like to warm up and which ones to leave cool.

However, when installing these kinds of heating system you will need to make sure that you have the right flooring. There is no point in installing underfloor heating if you have carpeted flooring, as then you will not feel the benefits. Most people who install this kind of heating system tend to have tiled or wooden flooring, which is better for good heat circulation. Some heating systems are specially designed for heating ceramic tiles, slate, stone, hardwood and laminate floors.
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Anna Stenning has recently installed electric underfloor heating in her new house.
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