How to heat the house: underfloor heating or batteries?

When designing the heating of a country house, almost the owner always faces the question of heating it in the cold months. The classic solution is to install batteries to obtain a heated coolant from a gas, electric or wood boiler. From the point of view of aesthetics, many doubt the choice of the classic option due to the fact that this option requires the installation of one or two pipes for pumping the coolant.

An alternative option that has recently been gaining popularity is the installation of so-called underfloor heating. The simple principle of operation, hidden heating elements and electric heating of pipelines, will appeal to everyone who does not fit the classic version with batteries. Let's try to consider all the positive and negative aspects of these types of heating.

We use classic batteries

In this case, the installation of radiators and installation of the pipeline is required. For small rooms, a single-pipe version is also suitable, when a main pipe is mounted, which is "broken" by each battery. The downside of this design is the fact that, passing through each radiator, the water will become colder, and by the end of its journey (if there are more than 2-3 batteries) it will cool down to such a state that the last battery may be slightly warm or completely cold.

For houses with a large area, and, accordingly, requiring a significant amount of heat, it will be necessary to install a two-pipe system. In this version, starting from the first battery, two pipes will be used: the first one with hot water, it is connected to the inputs on each radiator; the second - with cooled water, it is used to collect the "return" - this pipe eventually connects to the boiler and heats up again. The advantage of this design is the uniformity of heating of all rooms.

Based on this, the main disadvantage of using classic batteries is the need to install a cumbersome system of pipes and radiators, which must be placed under all windows without fail, as well as in those places where an additional source of heat is required.

The advantage of this approach to heating is stable thermal power, since the efficiency of the batteries will be higher than that of underfloor heating.

We use warm floors

From the point of view of the absence of unnecessary elements on the walls, this is the best option. Warm floors are installed at the stage of preparing the concrete floor. In this case, the heating of the premises is more even than when using batteries.

In terms of maintainability, underfloor heating is inferior to radiators, since in the event of any leak, you will have to find an expensive fault location, dismantle the floor covering and troubleshoot.

Underfloor heating is a modern option for heating a house, which will delight its owner for many years.


If you want to comply with the aesthetic side of the issue, as well as get a modern type of heating at home, then, undoubtedly, the choice should be in the direction of warm floors. This option will cost a little more than the battery option, but you will be happy with the result. In addition, warm floors will be appreciated by families with children who crawl on it every now and then.