Under Floor Heating

Technology is currently available to heat your home with radiant heating systems that can be powered by alternative energy sources. The two options; namely hot water and electric heating systems, can harness the suns energy or be powered by energy saving systems to heat not only your floors, but also your walls and ceilings. In the case of a hydro or water based heating system, water pipes are installed beneath the floor and are connected to a boiler, heat pump or a solar thermal system. The electric system can be powered by photovoltaic panels. Both systems use conduction, not convection which is a much healthier option when compared to conventional systems like a fireplace, oil or element heaters that warm the internal air

What you need to know:

  • The choice of building materials plays a major role in under-floor heating performance. Materials with high thermal mass like concrete, tiles and stone retain heat for much longer
  • Carpets are a form of insulation and restrict heat from permeating into the room
  • It goes without saying that that house design and insulation play a key role in heat retention and distribution and must compliment the chosen under floor heating system
  • Choose a system that best suits your house design and heating needs
  • Towel rails can also be heated in the same way
  • Try to keep your under floor heating system separate from other heating sources but remain connected to the main electricity in case back up is needed
  • Radiant under floor heating is highly recommended for asthma sufferers because they do not stir up allergens

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