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Underfloor Heating - Pros and Cons
This form of heating was seen in luxury developments at some point of time but came with a high price tag but today's homeowner can have this luxury at very affordable prices.
Some of the reasons to consider underfloor heating.
- Saves room space as it is laid under the floor.
Rooms look bigger and spacious.
- It is virtually maintenance free, if you install it properly.
- You don't need radiators anymore and it helps reduce circulation of dust and other allergens.
- Helps reduce energy consumption by 15%, but this may vary from house to house.
The Cons Though not commonly pointed on websites there are some drawbacks of underfloor heating.
The most common being - If you want to install underfloor heating under an existing floor you have to rip the floor up and relay the concrete and pipe work, which means a lot of work to start with.
- The boiler needs to constantly turned on to maintain the floor at a desired temperature.
If you turn off the boiler it takes ages for floor to get warm again.
- As with all new technologies nobody really knows if this form of heating will really be efficient 10 years from now.
- You will also need a bit of spare space for a separate pump and a manifold.
The size of the manifold depends on how much pipe work you have under the floors but you will need an empty space quite close to your boiler.
- One should be careful with spilled water close to costly wooden furniture.
Heat and vaporized water can damage your furniture.