Underfloor heating works by circulating warm water through a series of continuous loops that are fitted underneath your floor creating a large radiant surface that heats your room from the floor upwards. This radiant form of heating is much more comfortable than the convected heat provided by radiators which draws cold air across the floor, heating it and then convecting it upwards towards the ceiling.
The main advantages of Underfloor Heating
Underfloor heating has many advantages, right from initial installation, through to the long term energy bills of the homeowner. Listed below are just a few of the key benefits of incorporating UFH into your project or home.
Underfloor heating is an integral part of the green revolution in contemporary heating and cooling solutions. Requiring much lower water temperatures than conventional heating systems, it can be connected to a range of eco-friendly heat generators like solar panels and geo-thermal heat pumps making it the natural partner for many heating and cooling solutions in the renewables sector.
As UFH is completely hidden from view, there is nothing to hinder interior design – no unsightly (and sometimes unsafe) radiators on the wall means all wall space is maximised for furniture positions. UFH is also flexible in terms of control – each heating zone has its own thermostat, allowing you to set up your home to the maximum comfort and efficiency.
Underfloor heating is the most energy efficient way of transferring heat into any room since it works by radiation, from the floor surface onto other surfaces in the room and from there heating the airspace. This is a more natural form of heating and requires lower flow temperatures due to its increased surface area.
Radiant energy is emitted by the floor making it the warmest part of the room with the air cooling as it rises, with the coolest air at the ceiling and the warmest air at the floor level, where we want it to be. This radiation method creates fewer draughts and dust movements and explains why underfloor heating is considered to be the most comfortable and healthy form of heating. For those who have it, few ever want to return to conventional systems.