IS UNDERFLOOR HEATING SAFE
FOR CHILDREN AND PETS?
Perhaps you’ve purchased a new-build property and are wondering whether you should have an underfloor heating system added during the construction phase? Or perhaps you’re renovating your existing home and are trying to decide whether underfloor heating could be a better option for you and your family than the radiators and central heating system that you currently have in place?
Most homeowners have a lot of questions before taking the decision whether to install an underfloor heating system in their property. One of the most common questions that we are asked is whether these systems are safe for their pets or children. Babies and toddlers spend a lot of time sitting and playing on the floor, so could they possibly be at risk of being burned if an underfloor heating system was installed? After all, a baby’s skin is considerably more sensitive than that of an adult. Pets, too, naturally spend a lot of time sitting, lying and walking on your home’s floors. Could they be harmed by your choice of heating system?
Here, we take a closer look at this concern and answer the question of whether underfloor heating systems are safe for families with pets and children.
A SAFER CHOICE THAN RADIATORS
Although it may sound strange, in fact it’s true to say that underfloor heating systems are actually safer for your children than standard radiators. This is because the pipes are hidden safely under the floors so there’s no need to worry about any possibility of scalds – something which is unfortunately all-too-common when it comes to radiators where exposed pipes can be very dangerous when the heating system is in operation.
Not only that, but radiators have a lot of exposed metal. If a child accidentally falls or trips and hits the radiator they can end up with an unpleasant bump or injury. This, of course, cannot happen with underfloor heating since there is no exposed metal to worry about.
WILL THE FLOOR SURFACE BE TOO HOT TO WALK ON?
It’s only natural to have some concerns that underfloor heating will make the floor too hot to walk on. However, you can rest assured that this will never happen. With underfloor heating systems the floor surface remains at skin temperature. Not only does this make the experience of walking over it more luxurious and comfortable, but it’s also ideal for families with babies and toddlers who are just learning to take their first steps!
EXTRA COMFORT AND BETTER HEALTH
Many homeowners have noticed that pets prefer the comfort that an underfloor heating system can provide, with even distribution of warmth across the floor’s entire surface area. Many pets actually choose to lie on the floor rather than in their beds because of the additional cosiness that it provides, and for those pets suffering from aches, pains or joint problems, underfloor heating can provide some much-needed relief. Since underfloor heating won’t attract or circulate pet hairs and dust like standard radiators do, it can also help to alleviate unwanted symptoms in those suffering from asthma and allergies.
Are you ready to find out more about how underfloor heating can improve your home and make your family healthier and happier? Then contact us today.