WHY RADIATORS ARE A BAD CHOICE
Updated 4th January 2018
I don't have underfloor heating installed but I wish I did!
I live in a bungalow with tiled kitchen, utility room and bathrooms. Here are the things that I don't like about my radiators which underfloor heating could improve on:
Radiators move air around the room causing a cooling draught especially on feet and legs.
The hotter the radiators the more air you will be moving around the room increasing the draught.
The floor is the last place that will warm up with radiators and the first place to cool down.
Your head will be sweaty and stuffy while you need slippers for your cold feet.
Some parts of your rooms will be uncomfortably overheated by radiators while others will always be cold spots.
Radiators mean that kitchen and bathroom tiles will always be uncomfortable to walk on - you'd be better off with lino!
You have to get mats for your bathroom floor because tiles cold on bare feet.
Floors take a long time to dry after mopping.
Floor mats and hallways take a long time to dry from wet shoes.
Radiators clutter rooms - standard radiators add nothing to the look of a room.
Plastic pipes being used nowadays that come out of floor will not be straight and look wonky!
You have to cut holes through your nice flooring for the pipes.
Not used for half the year but you still have to look at them.
You lose a lot of wall space - reduces and restricts the places where you can put shelving/presses.
Damage pictures and shelves from hot air rising.
Curtains won't draw properly over them and the ugly bottom of the radiator will be visible sticking out.
Gradually go off colour/ get scratched dented and rusty.
Impossible to touch up scratchs properly - the only solution is to replace radiator.
Makes it more difficult to paint the walls.
Painting a wall a nice colour acts to highlight a radiator.
They gather dust which is difficult to clean.
Difficult to vacuum and mop behind pipes sticking out of floor.
Children will get cold playing on tiled floor - need to get insulating play mats.
Children can be burned by hot radiators.
Children and adults bang into hard edged radiators and stub toes against pipes.