Five Reasons to add Polypipe Underfloor Heating to your Home
Learn more about Polypipe underfloor heating and why your home needs it to stay warm and cosy.
On the quest to transform a house into a home, many people are turning to underfloor heating systems to make your home just that little bit warmer and cosier. What was once simply thought of as heated floors are now able to act as a whole home–heating system. The many benefits of underfloor heating systems are hard to ignore – and once you’ve stepped out onto your warm floor each morning, there’ll be no turning back. These five benefits of underfloor heating will make you wonder why you’d never installed it before.
1. Lower your Energy Bills
If you’re looking to save money on your annual heating bill, then underfloor heating systems should be at the top of your list. Water-based underfloor heating systems are among the cheapest ways to heat an entire home, making them a great option for those looking to save money on your bills. It could provide a yearly saving of up to 15% on energy bills.
Traditional home heating options, such as radiators, need to be heated to a much higher temperature than underfloor heating in order to effectively heat up a room. On average, radiators need water to be heated to around 70ºC in order to warm a room to the same temperature as underfloor heating does use water heated to as little as 35-40 ºC.
2. Up Your Green Credentials and Comfort Levels
One of the main problems with a radiator system is that they heat up different areas of the room at varying rates. Typically, the area around the radiator will be a lot warmer than the other side of the room, making it difficult to strike the right balance. This often prompts people to open a window, usually located above a radiator, resulting in a lot of wasted energy.
Underfloor heating systems, however, provide radiant heat to warm the room from across the entire floor surface and from the floor up. This creates a consistent temperature throughout the room and has the added bonus of taking the chill off hard floor coverings such as tile or laminate. Heated floors are often simply thought of as a nice addition, providing warm, comfortable flooring throughout the home but this underestimates their potential. Polypipe Underfloor Heating systems can replace the entire heating system within a home, eliminating the need for supplementary heat sources such as radiators.
3. Futureproof Your Home with Smart Technology
Due to the low water temperatures required by underfloor heating, it is an ideal companion to green energy sources such as ground and air source heat pumps. Installing these technologies in tandem will futureproof your home for decades to come as well as positively impacting your energy bills.
Underfloor heating is also compatible with the latest in smart home technology. Polypipe offers internet enabled controls, both in the form of wall-mounted thermostats and apps on your phone to control your heating whilst you’re out and about. Moreover, the possibilities for customisation are endless – with the latest self-learning technology, your home can learn about user profiles and tailor your heating to suit. So, if your teenager arrives home from school hours before the rest of the household, their room can be set to a welcoming temperature in time for their return, whilst the rest of the house comes to temperature later. Polypipe also offers integration with home automation technology – so your heating can be adjusted by Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home or Apple Home Kit.
4. Complete Design Freedom
Whether your home décor is super-modern or more traditional, underfloor heating systems suit any style as they are installed under the floor and out of sight. Radiators are often awkwardly placed within the room, take up valuable wall and floor space, and can look unsightly. Installing a Polypipe Underfloor Heating system beneath the floor eliminates the need for radiators, meaning that you’re free to decorate your home exactly as you like. No more worries about blocking a radiator’s heat with that new corner sofa you have your eye on or forking out on a designer radiator shape in an effort to match your overall aesthetic.
And Polypipe Underfloor Heating systems can be used with your choice of floor covering – including carpet, engineered timber, laminate, and vinyl – you certainly aren’t limited to just tiles! Meaning you can style your home exactly as you’d like to.
5. Great for Allergy Sufferers, Children and the Elderly
Underfloor heating is also a great option for those with asthma or allergies. Unlike traditional radiators, which use convection currents, underfloor heating doesn’t move air around the room. This means that dust and allergens are not circulated throughout the house as easily. And without radiators, there are fewer nooks and crannies for the dust to settle in within the room. Due to the consistent heat across the flooring that underfloor heating creates, the number of dust mites in your home can be dramatically reduced, making your home a lot more allergy friendly.
In addition to this, underfloor heating systems can make cleaning your home an absolute breeze. Heated floors are one of the most hygienic home heating options, so a lot less time will be required for dusting and cleaning, leaving you to enjoy your home.
Furthermore, radiators can pose potential health and safety risk, especially for young children and vulnerable adults. Their sharp corners and the potential risk of minor burns can be an accident waiting to happen. However, underfloor heating systems pose no such issues, meaning you can rest assured that there’s one less health and safety risk waiting in your home.
Find out more
If you’re interested in adding Polypipe Underfloor Heating to your home, Polypipe offers a free estimate and design service, along with a 50-year guarantee. Simply visit your local Howarth Timber branch or for more information, visit www.polypipeufh.com.
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