Debunking The Most Common Underfloor Heating Myths

One of the most desired additions to a house, underfloor heating is enjoying a sustained period of popularity, particularly for new builds where its construction coincides with the installation of powerful smart boilers that can ensure the floor temperature is exactly as warm as you need it.

Many people who are renovating their home or overseeing a new build, therefore, are looking into its viability as a way to ensure that freezing cold kitchen and bathroom tiles are consigned to the past.

However, there are also some beliefs about the nature of floor heating that are giving some people pause for thought which turned out to be myths.

Here are some of the most common myths in the world of underfloor systems and why they are untrue.

Underfloor Heating Can Be Installed In Nearly Any Home

There is a pervasive misconception that the systems are so complex that they need to be installed alongside the construction of the house itself or as part of a major refurbishment where the floor is completely torn up.

This is not the case at all but comes from the belief that there is only one type of underfloor system.

For water-based heating systems, there are more steps involved, but there are also many types of electric underfloor systems that can be installed in nearly any type of room and are so easy to install and so versatile that in some cases they can be installed by a DIY expert.

Underfloor Systems Can Replace Radiators

Not only is the perceived wisdom that you still need radiators for an underfloor system untrue, but removing the radiators and having more wall space is a common incentive to install an underfloor system.

Ultimately, a professional installer will be able to provide the final verdict, and for larger rooms, you may need a more powerful system but in the majority of cases you do not need any extra heater in the room, and in others, a small heated towel rail or heater will suffice over winter.

Underfloor Systems Work Under Carpet

This is more of a half-myth than fully apocryphal. Underfloor systems do work well under carpet, but depending on the thickness of the pile you may need to set the temperature higher.