One of the biggest commitments in our lifetime is purchasing a home. It is a significant investment for many and creating a safe and homely space, whilst maintaining property value, is the desired goal for all of us. We take pride in our homes and when it comes to decorating, furnishing and utilities, we all strive to secure the most cost-effective deals possible.

Yet many consumers are still unbeknown to the benefits of installing underfloor heating! Especially in today’s world where it’s more important than ever to be conscious of our carbon footprint; with underfloor heating reported to be up to 25% more efficient than traditional radiators, making them a winner for eco-friendly homeowners! 

Winners of the Arun District Council 2018 Business of the Year Award, The IPG are the largest and fastest growing membership group for independent plumbing, heating and bathroom specialists, and work with a number of independent merchants and suppliers across the UK, including First Trace Heating Direct. Experts in heating with a real focus on looking after their customers, they have supplied industry-leading, competitively priced heating systems for over 20 years.

Nike Lovell, Head of Marketing at The IPG says ‘Our membership network understand and live by their business values; going above and beyond to build a rapport and trust with their customers. As most of our members and suppliers are family-based businesses, they have an unbreakable bond and commitment to deliver the best service possible to upkeep their reputation through generation to generation’. 

Earlier last year, the Family Business of The Year Winner 2018, First Trace Heating Direct, unveiled their latest brand, Snug Underfloor Heating, which makes smart, high-performance heating with electric and water underfloor heating systems.

As part of the launch, Snug Underfloor Heating and The IPG are keen to bust some of the myths around underfloor heating and promote the value that it can provide! So, together they have listed the 5 top advantages that underfloor heating could bring to your home:

• Better and more efficient heating - underfloor heating provides a more even distribution of heat compared to traditional radiators

• Money saving – underfloor heating can supply a larger area than individual radiators, meaning you can actually save some cash on your monthly heating bill

• Cosy - there are no slippers required when you have underfloor heating in your home, and you can go barefoot all year round!

• Out of sight – no interior decoration will be spoilt, nor will there be a radiator cover on display

• Increased property value – homes with underfloor heating are viewed as having the luxury wow-factor, according to an article published in the Independent*

While many people still shy away from underfloor heating due to the fear of maintenance issues, in actual fact this couldn’t be further from the truth - providing they’re installed by a tried and trusted heating specialist, underfloor heating is less prone to damage, therefore, little maintenance is required. Yet, if you do encounter a problem, it is more often than not very easy to diagnose and treat a problem (without a massive disruption to your home). Finally, unlike radiators which cause convection currents to circulate airborne dust around your home, underfloor heating systems radiate heat, making them an ideal choice for homeowners with allergies**.  

Steve Dunne, Managing Director of First Trace Heating Direct says: ‘Underfloor heating is currently in a phase of growth, tradesmen and homeowners are seeing the underfloor heating as a ‘must’ instead of a ‘nice to have’. With Snug systems, there’s an option for everyone, whether you’re constructing a new build or carrying out a renovation. People often think that water underfloor heating is prohibitive when renovating, due to the amount of space historically needed to lay the pipework, but with our clever Snug Low-profile system, only 18mm in height is required and there is no need for additional screed as it can be tiled straight onto, which also saves extra time and money.’



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