Do you need radiators with underfloor heating?

Radiators have been the primary source of heat for decades when it comes to central heating, and they provide a convenient heat source for your home or premises.

This blog will look at whether radiators are necessary if you have an underfloor heating system and which heating system is best for you.

Should You Replace Your Radiator with Underfloor Heating?

Here’s what to consider.

Are you thinking about, replacing a radiator with underfloor heating? Well, the main thing to consider is whether it will generate enough heat for the room. To do this, you should carry out a heat loss calculation. This is done by calculating how much heat is lost from your home via conduction and air infiltration.

It is best to get a professional to conduct this survey accurately. You will then be able to determine whether the underfloor heating system generates more heat than is lost.

If you find that an underfloor system is not sufficient, all is not lost. Insulating your home by using cavity wall insulation, double glazing, and loft insulation can all help.

What’s the Differences Between Underfloor Heating and Radiators?

Radiators use convection to heat a room, where the air around the radiator is heated and rises before the air cools and falls back down. This creates a flow and cycle of warm air but does mean that the area closest to the radiator remains warmest.

Underfloor heating uses radiant heat across the whole room, distributing the heat more evenly as it rises.

The Pros and Cons of Radiator Systems

Radiator system pros

  • Great heat conductors – There are many radiator styles and materials, and they are all designed to conduct heat as efficiently as possible.
  • Heat large spaces – They can be very good at heating larger areas, perfect for homes with high ceilings.
  • Customisable – You will be able to choose from many sizes, styles and colour!
  • Easy installation – Radiators are quick and easy for specialists to fit or replace.

Radiator system cons

  • Wasteful – Radiators require a lot of energy and produce a large amount of heat. Because the heat is not evenly distributed around the room, it can take a long time to fully heat a space meaning your energy bills will be high.
  • Take up space – The wall space taken up by radiators will influence how your room will be decorated.
  • Unsafe for kids – Having a large hot metal object on your wall is dangerous when you have young children, and there is also the risk of bashing against them when playing.

The Pros and Cons of Underfloor Heating Systems

Underfloor heating pros

  • Energy-efficient – Underfloor heating can offer excellent efficiency as it does not need to run at as high a temperature as radiators. This saves money on heating costs.
  • Even heating – Radiators will heat from their position against a wall, whereas underfloor heating heats from beneath the entire floor, giving a more even distribution.
  • Minimal maintenance – Underfloor heating systems require minimal maintenance after installation when compared with traditional heating systems.
  • Greater design freedom – Your rooms are often decorated around radiators. Without this large wall fixture taking up a lot of space, you will have more freedom to design your room how you want it.
  • Versatility – Underfloor heating works with carpet, wood flooring, tile, stone, and vinyl.
  • Safe – Any family with young children will know the importance of keeping curious hands away from hot surfaces. Removing radiators also removes the risk of burns.
  • Easily Installed – UFH systems can easily be fitted in new builds or older homes, making it an excellent choice for all home styles.

Underfloor Heating Cons

  • Installation – While UFH systems can be installed in most homes, they can be time-consuming and costly. It will depend on the size of the room being fitted, but you will have to employ specialist installers and an electrician for this process.
  • Floor Heights – UFH for new builds can be factored into the plans. Retrofitting in older properties can sometimes be more complex, and fitting the system will sometimes increase the height of the flooring.

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