Installing underfloor heating in a residential or commercial building is a fantastic way to decrease energy usage while maintaining an equally comfortable temperature within the building.
The truth is that underfloor heating is more energy-efficient than many other forms of heating systems.
The majority of heating systems you will encounter in buildings rely on emitting heat from specific points within a room. Whether the heat comes from a radiator, a heat pump, or even a fireplace, the heat must be moved around the room to heat the entire space. This often leads to an unequally heated room.
Underfloor heating removes the problem of having parts of a room warmer than other parts by effectively turning the entire floor into one large radiator. And the large surface of a heated floor means that the temperature only has to be a little warmer than the desired room temperature to ensure the room feels warm.
The heat emanating from beneath the floor fills the entire room at an even temperature.
There are two types of underfloor heating systems:
- Electric underfloor heating
- and water-based underfloor heating
Both types of underfloor heating are installed beneath the floor in a series of pipes or cables that emit thermal energy, heating the room in which they are located.
Electric underfloor heating, also known as a dry system, is usually less disruptive to install but slightly more costly to run.
A hot water-based, or wet, system is connected to a hot water boiler and pumps warm water through the pipes beneath the floor. Although there is usually more work involved in installing a wet system, they are far more cost-effective and energy-efficient to run once installed.
Underfloor heating can be significantly more eco-friendly and cost-effective than heating your home with many other heating systems.