More Information About Underfloor Heating.
Why Underfloor HeatingMost heating systems heat from the top down, which can create an uncomfortable enviroment.
The heat generated by radiators is normally concentrated into relatively small areas, heating the air directly around them. The air then rises up the wall, along the ceiling into the centre of the room. When it reaches the centre of the room, it cools slightly, and then descends towards the floor. The result therefore, is a warm head and cold feet!
Feet naturally act as our bodies own 'thermostat', having warm feet will generaly mean we feel more comfortable. Underfloor heating heats the whole floor area which generates the opposite heat cycle to that of conventional heat sources, and results in warm feet and even room temeratures.
Compared to conventinal radiators, an underfloor heating system generates more radiant heat as opposed to convective heat.
Radiators heat up the room by recirculation, along with the permanent flow of dust particles and microorganisms.
In contrast, the underfloor heating system delivers predominantly radiant heat, this will create a very cosy and comfortable feel within the room.
Energy SavingUnderfloor heating can result in a 15% energy saving over traditional heating, assuming the system has been installed correctly and is running using a suitable setback facility. Underfloor heating systems evenly disperse radiant heat. This means the room temperature can be reduced by about 2–3 degrees, because a human body is able to assimilate the radiant heat directly.
Furthermore, the flow temperature of the underfloor heating system will be between 40–60 degrees, which is considerably lower than the temperatures required by radiators. This allows the perfect combination with thermal heat sources such as heat pumps and solar systems, which reach such temperatures over the whole year.