Underfloor heating (UFH) systems do such an effective and energy-efficient job of warming cold rooms that they are now a popular alternative to radiators, especially in smaller spaces.
Heat is gently emitted through wood, tile, stone, and even carpeted surfaces, eliminating early-morning ‘cold spots’ and improving indoor air quality.
Features and Benefits of Underfloor Heating
Room temperatures are easily controlled to meet a homeowner’s specific requirements, which translates into cost-effective power usage and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Unlike traditional heating systems, which tend to be controlled by a single thermostat, UFH systems offer the flexibility of individual room control, preventing energy waste.
Because all UFH systems are below level: there are no vents or ducts to interfere with a room’s layout, and decreased circulation of airborne allergens reduces the risk of allergy and asthma complications.
Underfloor Heating Types
There are two principal system types: hot-water (otherwise known as ‘wet’) and electric mat (or wired) systems.
Wet systems heat a room by utilising pipes connected to the home’s boiler, which circulate warm water beneath the floor. This type of UFH can also lower energy costs because it uses water at a lower temperature than radiators require. The pipes can even be connected to a solar heating system, adding to its sustainability.
Wired systems consist of cables attached to mesh mats or rolls, which are spread out, connected, and then linked to the house’s thermostat and power supply. They are cheaper to install than wet systems and easier to install, but can be more expensive to run than wet systems.