Underfloor market literally heating up
The economics of underfloor heating make it a worthwhile addition to most homes, so we shouldn’t be surprised to see it becoming the must-have for new home buyers around the world.
Widely used in both commercial and residential properties, it’s the heating method of choice in major markets including the United States, Europe and parts of Asia, including China, which are seeing high numbers of construction projects.
The UK has also seen substantial growth, driven by demand for it to be fitted in private homes. While the aesthetics are one of the major attractions – traditional radiators may be considered unsightly in properties with clean lines and open spaces – costs are seen as the main factor.
Rising energy prices over recent years have also been a big driver, with underfloor heating seen as cheaper than traditional systems. It’s really just a different type of central heating and a way to get indoor climate control using electric or water-based heating systems.
Underfloor heating is an efficient way of warming a room from the ground upwards, and uses less energy than traditional methods. Unlike standard central heating, which raises the air temperature, beginning from the floor means the room reaches the perfect level of warmth more quickly. Of course, that makes it cheaper.
So, given that it’s more attractive and more efficient, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that underfloor heating is becoming so popular. Clearly it’s not just happening in the UK either – it’s a global trend.