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Underfloor vs Radiators

Underfloor vs Radiators

6th October 2021

Underfloor vs Radiators

Choosing a suitable home heating system can be one of the least glamorous aspects of building or renovating your home! We all enjoy shopping for kitchen and bathroom fixtures, as well as home furnishings, accessories, and lighting. But what about heating? It’s something we take for granted when we have it, and it seems too complicated to consider when we don’t!

If you’ve started looking into your options, you’re probably trying to decide between traditional radiators and underfloor heating. These are by far the most popular options- and for good reason! The advantages of using either of these systems are numerous.

 

Underfloor Heating System 

Why choose our Glo+ underfloor heating system?

✔️ Cost-effective

✔️ Energy efficient

✔️ Discreet design

✔️ No need to arrange furniture around large and unsightly radiators 

✔️ Improved air circulation 

✔️ Regulated home temperature 

❌ More difficult to install in comparison to radiators 

❌ More suitable for new build homes 

❌ Effective insulation is essential 

❌ Can’t be used with all flooring

 

An underfloor heating system is ideal for use in conjunction with a heat pump. Underfloor heating utilises the entire floor area as a heat emitter, and it can heat your home with water temperatures as low as 30–38°C.

glo+ features one of the most advanced control systems for underfloor heating on the market. With the option of internet controls, users can not operate the system from various mobile and tablet devices.

When you heat a home with radiators, you circulate hot water between 70–80°C to emit heat into the room via a small surface area. Traditional radiators are designed to work with high-temperature heat sources such as boilers, meaning they aren’t ideal to be used with a heat pump.

 

Traditional Radiators

✔️ Easy to install

✔️ Huge range of colours and styles available to choose from 

✔️ Can be placed in all rooms in your home

✔️ Can be easily switched off in unused rooms in your home

❌ Can take up a lot of space

❌ We often place furniture in a room based around the radiator placement

❌ Heat is not evenly distributed 

❌ Radiators attract and build up dust 

 

Radiators are without a doubt the most common heating source in UK homes. Traditionally, radiators are used in conjunction with a central heating system, which means that they use boiling hot water that travels through the pipes and produces heat. 

If you want to add a heated towel rail to your bathroom, you should think about getting a dual fuel heated towel rail. A dual fuel towel rail will be connected to your central heating system and your mains electricity, making it one of the most energy-efficient heating options. 

Before you go shopping, you’ll need to figure out what size radiator you’ll need. 

 

For more information on our underfloor heating systems or radiators,  email us here.  

 

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