Why Underfloor Heating?
Not only does underfloor heating create a better use of space, it’s also more efficient than other heat sources. Underfloor heating warms a room using radiant heat and this is more comfortable than heating a room by air alone, as you do with radiators. The combination of a Heat Pump and Underfloor Heating is a practical and efficient use of renewable technology when considering UFH for new builds.
The way in which underfloor heating transfers heat is also different to a radiator. Radiators transfer energy principally by convection, heating the air above and around the radiator causing the air to rise. As the warmed air is more buoyant than the cooler air in the room it will rise to the ceiling. The warmed air, as it crosses the ceiling, will begin to cool and then fall creating a draught.
How does Underfloor Heating work?
Underfloor heating works by circulating warm water through pipe embedded within the floor construction. Heat from the pipe is transferred into the floor and then into the room, providing enough warmth to heat the building.
This removes the need for radiators by making more effective use of the space, as well as eliminating any high temperature surfaces.
An underfloor heating system generally has a surface temperature between 25˚C and 27˚C, lower than the palm of your hand. A conventional radiator can be as hot as 75˚C.
What are the benefits?
Underfloor heating helps to reduce energy costs- up to 20% in some cases.
The floor surface can be heated with a lower temperature than radiators, as it covers a bigger area. What's more, there is an even distribution of heat.
Underfloor heating is invisible, as it is fully integrated under the flooring.
There is a reduction in the build up of dust, which is synonymous with radiators.
Radiant heating can be provided in the winter via warm water and radiant cooling in the summer via cool water.
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