As the colder months start to draw in, stepping out of your warm and cosy bed onto a cold wooden floor is enough to make you pull the covers over your head. The good news is that you don’t have to put up with that chilly wake-up call any longer. By installing underfloor heating in your home, you can say goodbye to cold feet and keep that warm and toasty feeling going all the way from the bedroom to the bathroom.

Today, thanks to the cooler temperatures we experience for most of the year in the UK, it’s not surprising that more and more homeowners are opting for the warmth of underfloor heating. In this article, we’ll take a look at the many benefits of underfloor heating and help you to get the most out of your investment with the right wooden flooring.

How Does Underfloor Heating Work?

The earliest known underfloor heating system was discovered in modern-day North Korea and has been dated back to as early as 5,000BC. Back then, it was stone floors that were heated to create that cosy underfoot feel. Today, the process has moved on somewhat thanks to the invention of electricity and sophisticated plumbing systems.

Underfloor heating works in one of two ways:

Electric underfloor heating: electric wires are fitted underneath the flooring and connected to your electricity supply. When the system is turned on, energy is emitted into the wires to create warmth.

Water-fueled underfloor heating: water-based systems consist of pipework fitted under your flooring. These pipes connect directly to your boiler and work very much like the radiators in your home. The pipes are filled with warm water and the floor is heated from beneath.

What Are the Benefits of Underfloor Heating?

If you’re considering a new heating system in your home or planning a new build, underfloor heating may seem like an unnecessary luxury. However, it’s only when you review the pros of this modern-day heating method that you start to realise what a worthwhile investment it is…

Keep Rooms Warmer For Longer

Whether you have underfloor heating installed in the kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom, the operation is the same. Heat is distributed evenly across the surface of your floor. It’s effectively like having one big radiator underfoot that warms the room from the ground up.

It’s Cost-Effective

While underfloor heating may have a higher initial outlay than other heating systems, it’s actually a more affordable way to heat your home. Underfloor systems can be run at a much lower temperature than conventional radiators and you won’t need to have them on for as long as your radiators each day.

Great For Saving Space

If you love the minimalist look, underfloor heating allows you to remove bulky rads from your rooms and tuck your heating system out of sight. Radiators are not always the most attractive fittings and could spoil the overall aesthetic of your room. With underfloor heating, you get all the warmth without compromising on style.

Better For Health

Radiators provide heat through the process of convection. They produce heat which rises, cools and then falls. This can dry out the air and could aggravate conditions such as asthma or allergies. This dry air could also carry dust and dust mites. Underfloor heating doesn’t distribute recycled air around your home like radiators do and instead warms the air using ambient heat.

Warm Floors

Possibly the most satisfying advantage of underfloor heating over traditional radiators is the warmth they provide underfoot. No matter how high you turn up the temperature on your rads, you’ll never be able to replicate the floor temperature that underfloor heating can achieve.

What Type of Flooring Works Best With Underfloor Heating?

When it comes to getting the best from your underfloor heating, you simply can’t go wrong with engineered hardwood flooring. It looks exactly like solid wood flooring, offers excellent heat transfer, and is a very affordable way to beautify your home. While the top part of engineered wood is made from solid wood, the layer beneath is engineered wood that adds strength and durability. These base layers allow the wood to expand and contract according to daily temperature changes from your underfloor heating.

We’d be delighted to tell you more about our engineered wood range and how we can help you to get the best from your underfloor heating system. Say goodbye to chilly wake-up calls in the morning and hello to warmth and comfort the easy way.

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