Underfloor Heating With Carpet: Does it Work?

a beige carpet in a living room
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It's easy to understand why the idea of underfloor heating with carpet is so attractive Carpet is already a much warmer choice underfoot than many of the most common types of flooring used with underfloor heating, but combining it with a heated floor is sure to make your space even more cosy. 

However, this characteristic of carpet is also the reason that it's not always the right match for underfloor heating. If you're using the wrong carpet, it may reduce the heat that reaches through your floor covering to such an extent that it's completely ineffective at heating your space. 

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title Livingetc.com and former digital editor of homebuilding.co.uk. He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.