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There are a wide range of types of heating systems out there – humanity has come a long way from harnessing fire for warmth and security! Depending on your home, your location, your budget and other concerns, there are a wealth of options available for you on how you can keep both you and your family cosy during the colder months. But be careful – some may not benefit you as much as you think, and some may even end up costing you more than they may appear to at first glance.
Central heating is present in almost all homes within the UK, and this is mostly provided by a central boiler or combi-boiler, powered by gas, electricity, or a combination of both. A boiler will do exactly what is job title says it will do – boil! It will heat up water and transfer it to radiators in and around your home in a loop system, constantly working and cycling around to ensure that you receive a regular level of heat. Due to this, many boilers are recommended to be used during ‘off peak’ periods, whereby energy companies will charge less for use. Pound for pound, central heating is by far one of the most expensive types of heating systems you can find, and it just so happens to be very common!
Other types of heating systems that don’t use a central boiler or furnace can include storage and space heaters, and even fireplaces. Space heaters, whether gas or electric, are huge consumers of energy and thus are incredibly cost-inefficient, as constant use will require constant consumption. There’s also the factor of a space heater only being able to heat up a room so much depending on size and scope, meaning that you could be running such a heater for an extensive amount of time before it will make your room cosy enough to switch it off!
Underfloor heating, however, is growing in popularity, and there are a number of reasons for this. Underfloor heating can be fitted either via electricity mains or a water manifold, and, with the correct type of flooring (tiles will generally work better than carpet), can provide a constant and effective source of radiant heat beneath your feet without the need to perpetually run the system. Underfloor heating is amongst the most efficient types of heating systems available, too – as it will heat the entire floor upwards, meaning that a whole area will be warmed up in a sheer fraction of the time a radiator or space heater could take to get a room feeling comfortable. For energy conservation and efficiency as well as money-saving, there really is no other alternative that comes close.
While the types of heating systems available to you as a consumer may differ dependent on circumstances, it’s always important to look for an effective and affordable system which will also be worth the money long-term. While you will likely lose money and time on heating up a home with remote radiators and/or space heating, underfloor heating could be the answer for you if you have the ideal space and flooring available – and why not? It’s easy to install, cheap to maintain and can be controlled remotely from room to room.
If you’d like to know more about underfloor heating, or would like a quote for one or more rooms in your property, get in contact with UK Underfloor Heating today either by telephone or email and we’ll be happy to discuss a system that will fit your needs and budget in equal measure!
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