Even with a few sunny days here and there, we just aren't yet able to commit to switching off the heating for summer, especially with small children at home. The nights are still long and cold at times and the weather is totally unpredictable right now, so getting our heating right at home can take some experimenting, especially if it varies room to room or floor to floor. In this post I'll be taking a look at two of the most popular forms of heating, which are the traditional central heating via radiators and the more modern approach of underfloor heating.
Stylish yet traditional white radiators
White radiators have long been the traditional choice, whether at home or at business premises. They have a classic appearance and will never look out of place, irrespective of the bathroom design. Plus, you are promised an easy upgrade with EHE and other heating experts like this. They are also an exceptional choice for small bathrooms, as they don’t seem to take up much space because they blend in beautifully. Now, radiators can be design pieces too with many different choices of colour, style and shape to fit any space. Because of this, and the vast assortment available, it can sometimes be difficult to choose the ideal radiator for your home or business. So, here's a quick step-by-step guide to give you a helping hand.
What heating option should you choose?
Electric – An electric radiator is an excellent option to go for if you are looking to have a greater level of control over your heating. Your radiators will imminently adapt to any sudden changes in temperature.
Dual Fuel – A dual fuel radiator allows you to choose how you heat your radiator. You can use electric or you can use your main heating system. This gives you the option of heating your bathroom in isolation, which is particularly beneficial during the warmer months.
Central Heating – Or, perhaps you want to go for the traditional central heating option? You can easily incorporate this into your current setup.
Contemporary or traditional? There is no right or wrong answer – simply select a style that appeals to you the most and that fits in with the current appearance of your home. If you don't want to hide your radiator, why not buy a modern design piece to make it stand out instead.
Last but not least, you need to determine what size radiator you require. The last thing you want to do is order a radiator only to discover you do not have the space to house it. Most companies have a wide assortment of sizes for you to choose from, with height ranging from the likes of 300mm to 1800m and width ranging from 200mm to 1800mm.
What about underfloor heating?
There are many myths about underfloor heating and it can be surprisingly pocket friendly too, especially if you are having work done already or starting from scratch. If you are considering underfloor heating for your home, you have probably looked on the Internet for some information about it and may have noticed that there is an abundance of information available, yet there are also a lot of myths surrounding this heating system.
Myth 1 – You can’t use it on certain floors, such as wooden floors, carpet or upper floors – This is false. With standard floor coverings, there is no issue using underfloor heating with the likes of wooden or carpet floors. Not only this but there are usually no issues when it comes to using underfloor heating on upper floors, and to offset any reduction in heat output the pipe centres can be reduced.
Myth 2 – Underfloor heating is too expensive – In fact, it is quite the opposite, as you can expect to save a considerable amount of money with underfloor heating, meaning you will soon make your investment back. This is because underfloor heating systems are exceptionally efficient and operate at a lower temperature, so you will reduce your energy consumption significantly while experiencing better comfort and warmth.
Myth 3 – The floor will be too warm for your feet – As you know, radiators can be far too hot to touch, however, this is not the case when it comes to underfloor heating. As mentioned, they operate at a lower temperature, so the floor will be comfortable to stand on.
Myth 4 – You need a special boiler for underfloor heating – Last but not least, a lot of people seem to think that a special boiler is required for this heating system, but this is another myth. This system can run off all of the heat sources that a radiator can.
Have you made any changes with the heating in your home?