Under floor heating systems are fantastic especially when the cold weather rears its head and even more so when your kitchen or bathroom have tiled flooring which can be a real shock to the system! This particular heating system can go under all sorts of flooring and is quite versatile. Stone, tile and even carpeted surfaces can accommodate this particular type of heating system.
So how does it work?
Most under floor heating systems are water-based and a series of pipes are connected to the boiler system to circulate warm water throughout the house. Alternatively you could also connect the water mains to a solar water heating system so that it costs less when heating the under floor section of your house.
Because the heat which is emitted from the floor is more evenly distributed throughout the house compared to a single radiator the water can be heated to a lower temperature, which of course means that it costs less to heat your home. According to a Standard Assessment Procedure 2009 (SAP) an under floor heating system is 3 per cent more efficient than a normal wall-mounted heating system.
How it Operates
The issue with under floor heating systems is that they are more often than not better suited to newer property developments. The reason for this is due to the lack of space that older properties have under the floor as you have to generally elevate the floor lever in order to accommodate the piping.
SAP’s standards have indicated that there are differing rates of responsiveness and efficiency depending on what the pipe work has been fitted in. Pipes which have been laid in insulated flooring will perform more efficiently than, say, pipes which haven’t been lagged under tiled flooring.
Having a plumbing professional or energy company evaluate your property is the best practice and they will have the sufficient knowledge to know if your boiler is compatible with the under floor heating system.
The downside to under floor heating is the cost. If you are installing an entire system the cost could run into the thousands of pounds – especially when installing an entire system.
As previously mentioned original costs are cheaper to run but the original outlay is the most expensive part and the final figure which you could save is also dependant on how energy efficient your home is also.
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