The most common way of heating a home is by radiators, however with technology developing all the time we have yet another form of heating we can install in houses and this is underfloor heating (UFH). It is claimed that the UFH system was used as far back as Roman times by circulating warm air under the floor. However, we have come a long way since then.
UFH can be used in an electric form which is easier to install, however this is a more expensive way of heating. The form being discussed here will be a water based UFH and its advantages.
An UFH system will connect to your existing heating system and have its own thermostat/controller so it can be operated at any time. Wet UFH operates at its best when a heat pump is the main source of heat to a household as the system only heats a room at a cooler temperature, making it very efficient and money saving.
There are different installation types of wet underfloor heating systems on the market, examples of these would be that the pipes can be run in a concrete screed, aluminium plates or floor boards where the pipes slot into. Any of these different types can be fitted to suit your household.
UFH can be fitted anywhere within a household, but is most common in kitchens and bathrooms.
In the grand scheme of things, we want to know what the advantages of UFH before we decide to have it installed.
Due to UFH heating a room without the need for radiators, this means more space/wall space within a room in a household allowing for more furniture in a living room, or kitchen cabinets/appliances in a kitchen.
Wet underfloor heating is very efficient, it’s around 25% more efficient than radiators when paired with a modern condensing boiler and up to 40% more efficient when running from a heat pump. Due to this efficiency and the system not being required to operate at high temperature to heat a room, this means that your boiler will be consuming less gas, meaning a lower gas bill.
A form of Renewable Energy
UFH is viewed as being environmentally friendly due to being more efficient compared to standard method if heating through radiators. With global warming being a massive current worldwide conversation, this form of heating a home will be playing its part in protecting the environment.
If you’re looking to get underfloor heating installed in your property, please get in touch with us for a no obligation, free quote.