Your complete guide to underfloor heating — including costs

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Underfloor heating is now one of the most popular ways of heating a home, both for those who are self building, as well as with people extending and renovating their houses. Not only is this an efficient and really effective heating method, but it also adds a sense of luxury — nothing beats that warm underfoot feeling it gives when you kick off your shoes.

Unlike radiators, which work by heating the air around them through convection, underfloor heating (UFH) uses both convection and radiant heat to warm a space. This combination of heating methods results in a consistent temperature throughout the room — no more cold spots. This can then improved further by the addition of a good underfloor heating thermostat and and well-planned zones.

Tim Pullen

Tim is an expert in sustainable building methods and energy efficiency in residential homes and writes on the subject for magazines and national newspapers. He is the author of The Sustainable Building Bible, Simply Sustainable Homes and Anaerobic Digestion - Making Biogas - Making Energy: The Earthscan Expert Guide.

His interest in renewable energy and sustainability was first inspired by visits to the Royal Festival Hall heat pump and the Edmonton heat-from-waste projects. In 1979

this initial burst of enthusiasm lead to him trying (and failing) to build a biogas digester to convert pig manure into fuel, at a Kent oast-house, his first conversion project.

Moving in 2002 to a small-holding in South Wales, providing as it did access to a wider range of natural resources, fanned his enthusiasm for sustainability. He went on to install renewable technology at the property, including biomass boiler and wind turbine.

He formally ran energy efficiency consultancy WeatherWorks and was a speaker and expert at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows across the country.