BRR … When the days gets colder, it’s great when you get back in warm and comfortable home. Your feet will appreciate that as well. You can crawl on the sofa with fluffy slippers on, but with good underfloor heating that is no longer necessary. Therefore you can read all about underfloor heating here in this article. What is underfloor heating?
Underfloor heating is a heating system that eliminates the need for bulky radiators and saves energy at the same timel. Underfloor heating is a heating system that is built into the floor. See it as a network of heating pipes that is not running along the wall to feed the radiator, but heating pipes that run under the floor and that turn the floor into a giant radiator itself. The tubes are made of plastic.
How does it work?
A floor heating system heats a room evenly by means of heat radiation. A thermostat regulates the temperature, preferably per room. In most cases the pipes are connected to a central heating system, just like with common radiators.
Underfloor heating vesus radiators
The big difference between underfloor heating and the traditional radiators: whit a radiator a lot of heat comes from the atcual location where the radiator is positioned. So bad luck so if you are far away from that spot, because then you will have no benefit from that heat. With underfloor heating, a large heated surface (the floor), warms the whole room in a very pleasant and even way.
Electric or water
The tubes of the underfloor heating system can be heated in two ways: electric or by means of water. The water method is more favorable for the energy bill, because the electricity has to come all the way from the power plant (such as all electricity), making it highly inefficient.
As a main or as an auxiliary heater?
This depends on how well the room is insulated. In case the room has double glazing and cavity wall insulation, then underfloor heating can be used as main heating. If the room insulation isn’t as good, then it must also be heated with radiators. In that case the floor heating creates a comfortable floor temperature, and slippers are no longer necessary.
Floor heating under a wooden floor
Floor heating can be placed under a wooden floor. In that case the wood schould not be too thick, because wood is also a good insulator. Because of the characteristics the floor will also warm up much slower. At the same time the wood keeps the heat longer, allowing you to turn off the heating faster, while the floor still gives off heat. That, in turn, saves energy!