Underfloor heating is invisible and maintenance free, with no space consuming radiators.
Underfloor heating requires only low temperature hot water and is ideal for use with modern condensing boilers. With underfloor heating, comfort levels are high and running costs are low.
A traditional radiator system transfers energy into a room or space largely by convection. This convection results in the floor being the coolest part of the room, leaving a mass of warm air at ceiling level.
An underfloor system, however, heats almost entirely by radiation. This is the most natural and comfortable form of heating, like the sun. Radiant energy is emitted by the floor, partly reflected by each surface and partly absorbed. Where it is absorbed, that surface becomes a secondary heat emitter. After a while, all surfaces and furnishings themselves radiate energy and the room becomes evenly and uniformly warmed.
The energy reaches into every corner of the room or space, which means no cold spots, no warm ceiling and no cold feet! In buildings with high ceilings, the temperature actually reduces as the height increases, whilst with other systems, the convection effect increases the temperatures at high level, giving a high heat loss through the roof. In addition to this, with underfloor heating, the comfort level is achieved with an air temperature that is 2°C lower than convection heating systems. These factors mean that when designing an underfloor heating system, little allowance is required for buildings with high ceilings such as churches, barns, sports halls and similar buildings.
Advantages of Underfloor Heating:
- It can reduce running costs by 30%
- It is the most comfortable form of heating
- It is safe, unobtrusive, frees wall space and is quiet in operation
- It is virtually maintenance free
- It is easy to control
And it’s healthier. Underfloor heating reduces humidity within floor coverings, preventing dust mites from surviving or ensuring that they rise to the surface, where regular cleaning removes them. The reduction in air movement with underfloor heating also reduces the ingress of airborne and carpet or floor covering fungi spores, leading to an allergy free environment.