Keeping your home warm during the 9 or 10 months of the year we’re not basking in summer sunshine is vitally important. For anyone who’s not a qualified plumber, deciding upon how best to heat your home can be tricky.
Here at Gastech Heating & Plumbing, we want to arm you with all the information to make the best decision, to allow you to utilise the place you call home.
The conventional choice in any home, everyone knows about radiators. However, nowadays radiators come in all shapes, colours and sizes. Not just a functional product anymore, but a statement in your home.
Radiators are traditionally used in conjunction with a central heating system, this provides heat by transferring hot water through pipes to heat your home. In the modern age, gas is being utilised less, and more and more people are turning to electric radiators, due to their energy efficiency and reliability. Although, some people use a mixture of gas and electricity, in the form of dual fuel radiators.
Once viewed as a luxury, underfloor heating is becoming a more common choice, and for good reason. Underfloor heating is generally believed to have been first used by the Roman empire. Underfloor heating isn’t a new concept. Although, in the past half century, it’s been perfected.
Underfloor heating generally works one of two ways. Heat is either generated using warm water through piping placed under the floor (know as a wet system) or via electric coils placed under the floor (known as a dry system).
Though generally more expensive to install than radiators, underfloor heating has long term money saving benefits, as the day to day running costs are likely to be lower than using radiators. Not only more economical, underfloor heating also removes the need for any encroachment into your room, with no radiators taking up potentially vital wall space.
One thing to take note of is the need for a good standard of insulation if you are looking to use an underfloor heating system.
Which will be best for you?
One drawback to underfloor heating is that it does have specific requirements as far as the type of floor, and room that it can be used with. Therefore, it’s not likely you’ll be able to have underfloor heating throughout the entirety of your home.
So, for a lot of people, it is probable that the best heating option for you will be a mixture of the two. It can be a confusing decision to make, therefore if you’re unsure, we’ll be more than happy to help you understand what’s going to be best for you. For a quote, call us on 0800 9752180.