Q. We’re renovating our bathroom and we’re looking at what heating system to install. We were originally considering a towel rail radiator, but we’ve come across underfloor heating and we’re wondering if it’s the better option. What are the benefits of underfloor heating compared to a towel rail?
A. Compared with towel rail warmers and radiators, underfloor heating has a number of advantages.
With radiators, all the heat in the room will be coming from whichever side of the room the radiator is located – and if you have a towel placed on it to dry (which is all of the time in our house!), all the heat will being absorbed into the towels so the heat output is dramatically reduced.
With undertile heating, on the other hand, the heat will be generated at ground level across the whole length and width of the floor, ensuring your tiles are warm and inviting to step onto. The heat will also rise up towards the ceiling providing an even ambient temperature throughout the whole room.
Electric undertile heating also gives you a separate heating system to your water-based central heating, which can easily be adjusted to your liking without affecting the temperature of the rest of your house. With our touchscreen thermostat systems, you can not only control the temperature of your undertile heating, but also the time you want it to switch on, making it a truly versatile system.
The 3ie controller can be set to maintain a minimum floor temperature for when you’re not using the room, and increased for when you are. This prevents you wasting energy trying to heat the floor from cold, saving on fuel bills. It even works out average consumption and energy costs for you!
As long as the floor is insulated (which can be done at the installation stage), underfloor heating can cost as little as 7p per square metre per hour.