Now that winter is at an end, nights are getting warmer and plans for spring start popping up. You could be excused for not thinking about your cold feet too extensively. Then again, not thinking about them for a moment isn’t the same as forgetting all together…
Think back a month, or even two. Remember when you got out of your cosy bed, stepped on an icy floor and immediately recoiled and wished you could go hide in your warm bed for the rest of the day? Or even for the rest of winter!
If you had underfloor heating that morning, then the cold floor wouldn’t have been a problem, or you could, of course, put on 5 pairs of socks.
What you should know about underfloor heating
Underfloor heating may sound a rather intimidating phrase (read our previous post on underfloor heating here). Having said that it is easy to put into a nutshell for you. Simply put, underfloor heating is a heating system which warms your floor from underneath, allowing the heated air to rise and fill your room with a comfortable warmth.
Benefits abound and includes being safe and affordable. In fact, it is so affordable that having underfloor heating could save you money on your monthly electricity bill as opposed to other conventional heating options.
The expense of installing underfloor heating is one to consider and there are ways to cut on the installation costs, by planning your underfloor heating for a time when you don’t have the additional expense of lifting a floor just to place heating underneath.
When to install underfloor heating
Underfloor heating can essentially be done at any time, though there are a few ideal instances that will allow for you to get your heating installed at a lower overall cost:
Building a new home
If you are busy building a new home, then really there is no limit to what you could do and what you could install. Similar to being able to create your living spaces to the exact dimensions you want, you can now also install the heating you want, be it hydronic, underfloor or in-slab, there is no additional cost for lifting, or cutting into, floors as these won’t be in existence yet.
You may be remodelling for your own reasons, however, this usually happens when you are either trying to sell your house, or have just bought a new home, or you are simply doing some maintenance to replace an old or damaged floor.
Installing underfloor heating in your house when you are about to sell adds a great benefit to make your listing stand out.
Underfloor heating in your newly purchased home will make it even more yours, your new home will now be even cosier than when you bought it.
Adding to your existing building is most exciting, and it is guaranteed that you will need a new floor to go with your newly built space. The opportunity to add your underfloor heating is right there while you are busy with the extension.
If you were thinking in terms of the best time of year to install, then the answer is simple, any time is a good time! If you are doing your installation in winter then you’ll start your winter cold and may have to wait a bit longer to get a booking with your chosen specialist installer. Summer would give you the grace to get your heating installed quickly and have it ready to use the moment the next winter rears its head.
Underfloor Heating in the Future
Just imagine, for a moment, winter 2018…
Are you still stepping out on a cold floor next winter? Or are you stepping out onto a cosy warm floor, seeing your dogs sprawled happily on that warm floor, and thinking #nomoresocks!
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