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3 reasons why traditional heating systems are no longer the best option for your home

Many people take their heating systems for granted – especially in the winter months as temperatures plummet. But, have you ever considered that your heating system might not be performing at its best? Are you cracking up the thermostat, only to heat the ceiling? You’re not alone.

If you are still experiencing cold rooms then it might be time to upgrade your heating system to one that is much more energy efficient, easy to install – and will save you money.

Here are three reasons why your traditional heating system is no longer working for you.

1. Radiators heat the ceiling, not the floor

It makes sense doesn’t it? After all, heat rises – so if your radiator is off the floor then how do you expect heat to circulate the room properly?

In a traditional system, a boiler will either instantly heat or store hot water, which is then pumped through pipework under the floorboards of your home into a convection heater – which most of us know as radiators.

However, the very fact that the radiators are hung on walls means energy is wasted before you even feel your home start to warm up. The emission of constant heat from the radiators on the walls is pumped upwards, which means the highest temperatures are actually closer to the ceiling, leaving your floors cold.

As we walk around on the floors, that colder temperature is felt more through our feet – so we crank up the heating thinking we need more, but actually, it’s already in the room, just in the wrong place!

By putting the heating system in the floor, all of this changes, as heat rises to the ceiling from the floor, so you get a much more consistent room temperature.

2. Traditional heating systems are actually wasteful

A huge amount of energy is lost in heat transfer – usually through chimneys or the boiler system itself. It means your heating system needs to work twice as hard to heat rooms. It also doesn’t help that radiator sizes are limited – so you could find you have a small radiator in a large room if that is the only space that is allowed for it.

One solution is underfloor heating – after all you are heating a much larger area and the heat can only escape upwards, so there are no colder areas of the room. But, not all underfloor heating is the same. In the past many companies that provide underfloor heating will tell you it is much more efficient – but are they?

Water pipes installed as traditional underfloor heating will only cover about 25% of the heating area, due to the space needed in between the pipes to allow for things like air flow and expansion. Traditional electric underfloor heating gives you even less – with just 6%.

However, a Smart Warm heating system uses heating strips, which can take up to 65% of the floor area – this allows operating temperature to be much lower and therefore much less wasteful.

With a larger surface area from the Smart Warm heating system, it takes less energy and less time to heat up a room. This means it offers more heat through a bigger surface area, but it is more efficient because the system allows you to reduce the operating temperature, whilst also maintaining comfort in the home.

Plus, even though Smart Warm systems work on electricity, they are far from wasteful. Instead of a water-based operating system, like a traditional boiler heating system, Smart Warm operates on low operating voltage of just 3-4 volts – that’s about the same as 3 triple A batteries. To give some perspective, your laptop will need a voltage of around 18-19 volts to charge the battery – but with the Smart Warm system, you could heat an entire room for around a quarter of that.

3. Boilers take up space that could be used for other things

Not only is a Smart Warm system more aesthetically pleasing than a full view of “I-must-get-round-to-painting-those” radiators, but by removing boiler systems, you can free up more internal space in your home.

With living spaces getting smaller and families getting bigger, you could be taking advantage of some of the extra room – even if it’s just building that extra cupboard where the boiler housing used to be.

Plus, whilst you can control the room temperature in a traditional heating system using the radiator valve (TRV), old radiators can cause the pins underneath the TRV to get stuck on or off, which not only causes fiddly maintenance, it means you do not have the full control of the heat in different zones of your house. For example, you may wish for the temperature to be lower in the bedroom while you sleep, than in the living room.

With a Smart Warm system, it is much easier to control the heating zones in your house – it is even compatible with your smartphone. No more fiddly radiator pin fixes – or the tools to fix them with (saving even more space!)

Other surprising perks

The great British weather means many of us rely on tumble dryers instead of drying our clothes on a washing line outside. However, by installing a heating system in the floor, your washing could dry indoors in double quick time as the heat transfers from underneath as opposed to one side, like in a radiator.

Plus, if you’re the sort of person that tends to cross their fingers that their boiler will work through another winter, a heating system is much less likely to break down, making it much more reliable to deliver heat when needed.

The solution

Smart Warm is the most reliable heating system available on market – and it is unlike anything else out there.

If you’re considering updating your heating system, why not consider Smart Warm as a cost-effective, reliable alternative. Contact us to find out more information, or head to our “get a quote” page to get an estimate for a Smart Warm system installation.

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