Unfortunately, there are some disadvantages of underfloor heating.
Underfloor heating costs
The underfloor heating costs can be very expensive. Not only will the initial cost of installation be pricey, but also the time it takes to install and the disruption to your office may also result in significant costs to your business. They will need to be fitted by a professional installer, so this will add extra labour costs to your final bill.
If you’re willing to cope with the long installation times and the expensive upfront cost, then this will certainly benefit your future utility bills. However, if you’re considering this as a long-term goal, then maybe consider switching your business utility providers to get a cheaper deal on your bills in the short term.
Large, heavy items of furniture may not be able to sit on top of underfloor heating. With electric heated floors, furniture that’s flat across the bottom can’t be placed where the heating mat or cable is located as it restricts airflow and can cause thermal blocking. Additionally, items that have a tog value of over 2.5 will also cause the same issue. That means the office bean bag may have to go. For a full list of furniture restrictions, it’s best to speak to your installer.
Longer time to heat a room
Compared to standard radiators, underfloor heating systems take longer to heat a room. As underfloor heating systems generally run at lower temperatures, it will take longer for the hot air at the bottom to rise and fill the room. However, heated floors aren’t affected by open windows or doors, unlike radiators.
Floor height issue
By installing underfloor heating systems, the floor height of the office may need to increase by a few centimetres. Depending on the age of your business space, this may be an issue that might need additional building work to fix or alter, which will result in extra costs.
Now you’ve read through the full list of pros and cons of underfloor heating, we hope you can see the benefit of this energy efficient heating method. Not only will heated floors help improve your business utility bills, but they may also help improve your green credentials.
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