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As the cold weather arrives so we all start to switch on, light up and buy fuel in a bid to keep ourselves warm.

Many new homes these days now come with underfloor heating and property owners including landlords are increasingly choosing to install it when they extend, rebuild, convert or renovate.

So, what are the potential benefits of opting for underfloor heating in a project and why is it desirable if you are buying a new home to let?

*Lower ongoing maintenance costs

Whether you have chosen underfloor heating that runs with electricity or water, as long as the system has been installed to certified standards it should require little maintenance, which is why most suppliers offer long guarantees.

*Energy efficiency

If your home insulation is good, then underfloor heating that uses water is likely to be more efficient than normal heating. Once switched off, it retains heat much better than radiators and therefore should require less energy overall to heat the house. This should appeal to prospective tenants.

*Flexibility

If individual rooms have their own thermostats, then your tenants can decide which parts of the house they want to keep warm. Thermostatic valves on radiators tend to be less reliable.

*A comfortable heat

Many people like the consistent, constant heat offered by underfloor heating.

*More hygienic

Underfloor heating is thought to reduce dust mites by up to 80 per cent and could therefore make life more comfortable for asthma and allergy sufferers.

*No more radiators

Radiators can be ugly and restrict where you or your tenants put furniture and therefore how they can use a room. Design-wise, installing underfloor heating brings more flexibility and can make a higher end property more appealing to potential tenants.

*Quick drying floors

With underfloor heating, wet floors and puddles evaporate much more quickly!

*Warm and toasty

There is nothing like stepping on to a toasty, warm floor on a cold winter’s morning! This should certainly help entice your tenants to stay with you year after year!