13 Client Supply Items – Heating – Radiators or Underfloor Heating

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Heating is a very important part of your home as it will need to keep you and your family warm for years to come. Heaters come in different shapes and type these days – from the traditional radiator, through to the increasingly popular underfloor heating and relatively less popular, but very efficient, infrared heating.

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Technically, fireplaces also increase heating within your home, but since you are only turning them on occasionally, are not considered in the calculations when determining the sizes of your heaters.

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Various types of heat sources can be powered by water (via your boiler) or electricity (through your electricity supplier, solar panels on the roof or wind power in a garden).

There is also heating via a so-called ground source heat pump, which works on the small temperature differences between air and water in different depths in the soil.

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In terms of installation and running costs, these heat sources vary greatly as well. Your most affordable option will still be radiators in terms of installation costs, and specifically those running on water (heated by gas from your combination boiler).

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If your home is traditional, you can choose from floor-standing radiators with legs or wall-mounted ones. It’s nice to have the pipes coming out from the wall, as it helps to hide them.

More contemporary models are plainer looking, but this also means they may be less efficient, as the more surface area a radiator has, the more heat it produces. This is why there are single and double radiators, with two heating panels, or convectors.

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Installing underfloor heating for larger areas can be expensive, but the advantages are definitely worth considering – not only can you get consistent heating from a concealed source and enjoy having warm feet throughout the year, you will also benefit from low running costs if it’s a wet system.

All you need to supply are the thermostatic controllers, to control the areas or zones as they are referred to – there are several good controllers, such as the Nest.

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Infrared heaters are electric and heat the air, not by movement, but by infrared waves that will instantly heat air. This is why they are not hung low near the floor but pretty much in the middle of the wall, where heat is mostly needed.

Some models come with the option of having pictures printed on them, which makes them almost invisible as well. They also have a health benefit in that they ionise the air; and if you have your own solar panels, then running costs will be very low.

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Would you like to learn more about heating?

Take a look at this Houzz article – Ask an Expert: 10 Ways to Make Your Home Feel Warmer This Winter.

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