How you will heat your home is a key question to consider during the design of your new extension as it can effect the kitchen layout and placement of furniture. It’s likely will what to know what the best heating source for your property would be and if it’s better to go for traditional radiators or underfloor heating. This weeks blog will look at the pros and cons of the two.

In order to understand which heating source will be more suitable and efficient for your property, you need to take some points into consideration such as:

Heat distribution

Underfloor heating works by pumping warm water through plastic tubing which is laid under the floor before the final surface is laid. This means that every part of the room receives even heating, so there are no cool spots that can occur with a radiator system. Radiators need to heat up to 65 – 75 degrees Celsius while underfloor heating only needs to run at 29 degrees Celsius or less, depending on the final flooring. Due to this underfloor heating takes longer than a radiator to warm up the room but does retain heat for longer in the thermal massing of the floor.

Comfort and Air Quality

The way the heat is distributed impacts the efficiency and comfort of the heating system. Radiant heat (underfloor heating) heats object directly and it maintains the natural humidity in a room, whereas convection (radiator) of warm air tends to reduce humidity, which can make the heated area feel stuffy.

Cost efficiency

The initial costs for an underfloor heating installation are bigger than a radiator, but because it is more energy efficient, in the long term it can prove be extremely cost effective


Because it will be underneath the flooring, your room will appear to be larger without the presence of radiators. Based on that, your decoration will be easier without the obstacles and this means a better finish can be achieved.

Zoned heating

When the heating system is divided into zones (room by room) with a thermostat controlling each specific zone, it could be more efficient, once you will turn on just the specific zone, not the whole system. Conventional radiator systems tend to heat up throughout the whole house at once, based on a central thermostat. This can cause overheating and under-heating depending on the thermostat location and is les s efficient that heating individual zones.

If you have any further unanswered questions or would like to discuss any of the above with our Construction Department please feel free get in touch on 0207 495 6561 or email to arrange a telephone Build Consultation with one of our Project Managers.