Thanks to advances in heating technology over the years, we are no longer restricted in the choices we can make when it comes to how we warm up our homes. Previous concerns about older heating equipment taking up considerable floor and wall space can now be put to rest with a number of space-saving appliances and systems that both give us ample room and home heating that is becoming more efficient by the day.
However, there are a number of choices to consider when opting to heat your home – with underfloor heating rising in popularity and traditional heaters and radiators becoming more efficient than the water-dependent wall-mounted emitters of old, how we emit heat into our home is now very much down to how much we are hoping to spend long-term, and how much space we require within our home in general.
With the rise of underfloor heating in new builds and modern homes, traditional radiators have taken something of a back seat in recent years, and even more so due to the rise of cheaply-bought and installed panel heaters – which, while inefficient to heat a full room at a comfortable rate, can be found in apartments and homes up and down the country – however, there is still something to be said for the heat emitters of old.
Traditional radiators may be clunky and space-hogging, but modern radiators are completely different – with an emphasis on a metallic look in pressed steel or aluminium, modern radiator options are slimmer and more minimalist, or can even be more elaborate and ornate should the buyer require. The main benefit of traditional radiators for emitting heat is that they provide quick, easily-controlled warmth at the touch of a button – and more elaborate models even benefit from remote control and sensor technology.
Calculating the sizes of radiators needed for your home will depend upon insulation levels and the amount of ventilation you have available. It is therefore important to consult a plumber to help you calculate for such a need. Radiators can be situated anywhere – but in the past have proven to be more effective installed on external walls.
The main downside to traditional radiators is in their ability to fill a room with heat efficiently – while newer models are becoming smarter and more effective at doing so, this is largely a reason why so many people are opting for underfloor heating – and it’s often a case of long-term savings, too.
For direct, radiant heat that can be remotely controlled via thermostat, and can be time-programmed from room to room, underfloor heating provides an ideal solution for many homes. This type of heating can be installed via electricity or water supplies, and can eliminate draughts entirely. Underfloor heating is best installed via a concrete screed, and generally works best under tiled flooring – though it will provide results under almost any floor type. Pipe layouts can be easily constructed and installed under a screed which is left to dry for up to thirty days – making it important that you install such heating far ahead of any cold months to be expected.
Underfloor heating is ideal for those who spend much of their time at home and who wish to benefit from direct, efficient heat – and who want to avoid wasting energy wherever possible. This being noted, this type of heating can take time to get up to temperature, however, added enhancements can be used to make it more responsive. It should also be noted that some carpets may not see much benefit from this type of heating, particularly as tog ratings increase. Underfloor heating installation to electricity or water supplies should always be undertaken by plumbing or electrical professionals. UK Underfloor Heating are suppliers of both electric and water underfloor heating.
Other options for heating within your home can include skirting heating – where pipework can be hidden behind skirting boards to provide warmth – and mechanical ventilation, where appliance heat can be transferred throughout the home via vent systems. In any case, if you are looking for warmth in your home that is efficient and cost-effective, there are thankfully a number of great choices available, and a plumbing professional will be able to assist and recommend opportunities to you.