In Scandinavia, it is estimated that 80% of homes are warmed by under floor heating and here in the UK the popularity is growing fast. Here are some of the major benefits.
Under floor heating is more economical to run than radiators, in part because of the way it heats a space. Rather than heating from the top of the room down (as radiators do), underfloor heating warms the lower part of the room first. The lower running temperature saves on fuel bills too; a wet system can be as much as 30 percent more energy-efficient than radiators because it uses water at a lower temperature. The system heats the fabric of the floor meaning it also radiates heat for longer.
With lower flow temperatures and no protruding radiators the risks of harm are minimalized for young children and other vulnerable groups.
Dispensing with radiators instantly frees up valuable wall and floor space.
Without radiators, décor and furniture position is purely down to personal choice.
Airborne dust and allergen particles are greatly reduced with floor heating. This is because heat gently radiates upwards causing less turbulence. By contrast convection heat moves in a circular motion, constantly lifting and redistributing allergens into the air we breathe causing problems in particular for sufferers of asthma and other respiratory diseases. Buildings heated by radiators will often have very cool floor areas with raised levels of humidity providing the perfect environment for dust mites to breed.
A good quality system will require virtually no maintenance. Components are incredibly robust and have the added advantage of being further protected by the surrounding screen/floor covering.
Under floor heating combines perfectly with the use of heat pumps optimising the efficiency of your system and the use of renewable energy, whilst reducing your carbon footprint. With the use of room thermostats, you can ensure you only heat what you need to. Controls include conventionally wired, wireless, outdoor weather sensors and remote operated smart technology.