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Underfloor heating vs radiators

Find the best option for keeping your home warm with Sophie Vening’s helpful guide to the pros and cons of the two most popular heat emitters
Made from recycled, scrap aluminium and assembled by hand, the Lissett radiator in mint green from Bisque costs from £658.80. It has a heat output of 2,660 BTU for the model shown.
Andy Coy, UFH manager at Polypipe advises UFH runs at about 30°C cooler than a traditional radiator system, so the boiler its paired with uses less energy which will result in significantly lower heating bills. As a guide, fitting Polypipe’s UFH in a 12m2 kitchen extension with a newly screeded floor will cost from £1,250

Whether you’re self-building, renovating or extending, selecting the right heating system is a major decision. From design considerations through to energy efficiency, running costs and other practical concerns, there’s a lot to wade through when choosing between underfloor heating (UFH) and radiators. Here’s what you need to know.

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The December edition of Build It magazine is packed with practical advice and inspirational projects to help you make a success of your scheme, including: • A budget-friendly self-build home (page 20) • Underfloor heating vs radiators (page 69) • Getting lighting right (page 77) • 10 steps to self-build design success (page 81) • Does your plot have real potential? (page 96) … and more!
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