A thought struck us recently, having posted about smart looking radiators and ensuring they’re up to the job. Most people automatically replace like for like. Regardless of appearances, we tend to swap a radiator for a radiator.
Yet, there’s a viable alternative that’s been around for thousands of years: Underfloor heating.
It’s been around since before Roman times, but underfloor heating is usually overlooked in our quest to stay warm. Even when house extensions or kitchen extensions are added, they often don’t enter our thoughts.
Instead, we usually opt to replace ugly old rads with trendier versions.
If you’re starting from a blank canvas, why not investigate an alternative to taking up valuable wall space? There are usually two types worthy of consideration. Both hot water and electric systems are surprisingly efficient, whilst giving you enhanced heat distribution. You also have the added bonus of warm tootsies, even in bare feet!
More tips for staying warm
When consider other ways to stay warm this winter, here are some of our other suggestions:
Once the sun goes down, close your curtains to stop the warm air cooling against the cold glass. This has the added benefit of reducing condensation. Just make sure you don’t close your curtains across a radiator and trap the heat where you don’t want it!
Ensure that furniture isn’t up against radiators, soaking up the majority of the heat. The back of the sofa probably won’t appreciate the warmth as much as you!
Consider using reflective panels behind your radiators to avoid losing heat into the walls. This is an effective and inexpensive way to boost the heat coming into the room.
If you have bare floorboards, a rug can reduce the amount of cold air coming up from below.
Your boiler works hard in the winter. Ensure you’ve had it serviced for both efficiency and safety benefits. Significant savings can be made when comparing modern boilers to their aged counterparts.
These are just some of the options to help you stay warm this winter. If you have any questions or you’d like to know more about how we can help you improve your home, feel free to get in touch.