If you’re looking for ways in which to save money on your heating bills and also reduce your carbon footprint, then you might want to think about installing underfloor heating. This method of heating is becoming more popular as people are coming to realise that it carries several advantages over more conventional types, like gas-fired radiators.
Let’s have a rundown of the main benefits.
Underfloor heating works well with air source or ground source heat pumps
A big advantage of underfloor heating is that it can be linked up to a domestic heat pump. This means that while the heat pump provides water of up to 60˚C, it can feed the heating system at a lower – but still comfortable – temperature.
Many underfloor systems are designed and manufactured so that they use heat pumps very efficiently – this means that your entire heating system gives more value for money. It can also give you a constant source of heat that you can control when you need to.
Underfloor heating requires no maintenance
Underfloor heating has no moving parts, so there’s very little that can go wrong! If the pipes are correctly installed, then pressure testing will find any leaks at an early stage. This testing must be done before any screed or cement is laid down over the pipes. Once everything’s in order, you can look forward to years of maintenance-free warmth – something your average gas boiler can’t give you.
Underfloor heating is more comfortable than radiators
Everyone knows that coal fires, radiators, electric heaters don’t heat a room efficiently. There’s always a cold spot, or a cold floor which means you can feel cold even when the heating’s on full. With underfloor heating, temperatures are consistent all over the rooms and the floor is warm enough to relax on.
Underfloor heating means there’s no radiators in the way
An overlooked advantage, but a real one nonetheless is the fact that by removing radiators from the equation you free up space in each room. There’s no need to work around the radiator itself or the “clearance” space it needs to kick out heat. You can put your furniture wherever you want to.
Underfloor heating has flexible controls
An underfloor heating system has the option and the flexibility to control each room or zone. Most convection heating systems are controlled by just one thermostat, but underfloor heating offers several, so unused rooms can be turned off, saving money and energy.
Underfloor heating is safer
The flow temperatures in these systems are much lower than in traditional radiators, so having floor heating means no risk to young children or other vulnerable people. Additionally, there are no sharp metal radiators on the walls to bump into or to snag clothes on.
Underfloor heating is healthier than traditional heating
The very nature of convection radiators – drawing in cold air at the base and sending out warm air at the top – means dust and other airborne irritants are gathered and concentrated before being dispersed into the air on convection currents. Having underfloor heating is much healthier and comfortable for asthma and eczema sufferers than traditional heating.