Why Radiators are a BAD CHOICE
Updated 2nd March 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:
Hot Head and Cold Feet
The floor is the last place that will warm up with radiators and the first place to cool down.
Radiators will give you a blast of stuffy heat at head height while your cold feet will need slippers.
Some parts of your rooms will be uncomfortably overheated by radiators while others will always be cold spots.
While you're sitting in front of TV, most of the heat will rise up from the radiator to the ceiling above you.
Radiators get hot fast but it takes a long time for that heat to spread to the bottom part of the room.
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.
Radiators mean that groundfloor 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 are cold on bare feet.
Children will get cold playing on tiled floor - need to get insulating play mats.
If you need to get down onto a tiled floor it is not pleasant.
Radiators do not make you cosily warm.
Radiators clutter rooms - standard radiators only take away from the look of a nice room.
Plumbers are now using flexible plastic piping which dosen't come straight out of the floor and looks 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 winter and summer.
Curtains won't draw properly over them and the ugly bottom of the radiator will be visible sticking out.
Radiators gradually go off colour, get scratched, dented and rusty.
Impossible to touch up a radiator properly - I've tried and failed.
When you paint a wall a nice colour this only acts to highlight an ugly radiator even more.
Get in the Way
You lose a lot of wall space - radiators reduce and restrict the places where you can put shelving and presses.
Pictures and shelves get damaged from hot air rising.
They makes it more difficult to paint the walls.
It's difficult to vacuum and mop behind pipes sticking out of floor.
They gather dust which is difficult to clean properly.
Children can be burned by hot radiators.
Children and adults bang into hard edged radiators and stub toes against pipes.
Tiled floors take longer to dry after mopping.
Floor mats and hallways take longer to dry from wet shoes.
Clothes take longer to dry on clotheshorses.
So in summary radiators are bad at heating rooms and look terrible! If I had the choice between radiators versus underfloor heating I would definitely give underfloor heating a try. Unfortunately I have decades of non-cosy heating ahead of me and a houseful of ugly radiators to look at.