Often, one the first things that springs to mind when considering underfloor heating installation is that it feels very contemporary.
It’s easy to associate this heating solution exclusively with new build properties and swanky hotel rooms, but, in truth, it can be just as effective in older buildings too.
The inherent advantages of underfloor heating have already been well addressed within other articles on Underfloor Heating Expert, but it’s worth briefly recapping a couple of these points here.
Building companies are increasingly fitting underfloor heating systems in new homes not just as a nice, classy additional feature but because they are more energy efficient and they brilliantly complement a well-insulated modern home. This is especially the case with hard floored rooms such as bathrooms or laminate flooring in downstairs living areas.
As homes are becoming ever more ‘smart’ and integrated with technology, underfloor heating is becoming more and more popular. The majority of new homes are being fitted with energy usage monitors that help the householder control their utilities and make more sensible and effective use of their heating.
It’s well known that underfloor heating is much more efficient than traditional radiator apparatus so the benefits will be felt not just on the soles of your feet but also in the wallet as well!
However, by no means should it be presumed that underfloor heating is the sole preserve of the modern home. In fact, the retrofitting of such a system can reap considerable benefits.
Older homes, that predate the standard installation of central heating systems when they were constructed, often seem to trade comfort and insulation in favour of atmosphere and character.
Many old properties still rely on an open fire or AGA system to ward off the winter chill.
Although they look great when roaring away, the trouble with maintaining an open fire is that not only is it a time consuming and inefficient way to warm a home, it can also be a rather messy fire hazard.
While there are few things more comforting visually than a flickering flame on a cold winters evening, the truth is that it is not an effective means of heating a property.
With the advancements that have been made with modern heating technology, open fires should really be relegated to a mere feature in the home, rather than the sole source of heat.
Is underfloor heating installation a solution?
The good news is that underfloor heating is just as suitable for older properties as it is for new builds so, yes, it certainly can be.
Underfloor heating installation can go a long way to making your home far more welcoming during those cold winter months – especially important for those who live in rural areas.
Underfloor heating systems can be installed underneath all manner of period flooring, including slate, stone and wooden floors, to provide a far superior source of warmth. This will finally rid the home of that unpleasant feeling when walking barefoot from a warm room into one that is freezing cold.
If you are considering installing underfloor heating in an old property, it is always worth bearing in mind that the insulation needs to be addressed too.
Proper insulation is essential in older buildings, so this will need to be taken care of before the underfloor heating mats or pipes are laid.
Failing to do so will leave you feeling as though the underfloor heating isn’t working properly, when in fact it is the lack of proper insulation that is the true culprit.
Many residents of older properties choose to install underfloor heating not just because of the practical benefits to the comfort of their home, but also as a feature that will add value to the property.
As well as the potential savings that are to be made through energy efficiency, it’s quite common for these desirable properties to find that there has been an increase in the home’s value post installation too.
More often than not, this rise in property price will more than cover the cost of the underfloor heating system – making it an even easier decision for homeowners.