Hydronic underfloor heating is a cost-effective, reliable and clean heating solution. It provides the most unobtrusive heating system available, in fact it is completely invisible. Underfloor heating spreads warmth naturally through your home using both conduction and radiation through the flooring. By using the large surface area of an entire floor, this heating system requires a lower-temperature water in order to produce the same overall interior temperature as other systems. This means that it reduces the running costs of your boiler. It has other cost-efficient features, such as isolated heating zones, which can consistently save you money while you heat your home.
Hydronic floor coil heating works by circulating water heated in a central boiler through pipes laid in the floor. Pairing your underfloor heating with a condensing boiler is the most energy efficient combination, reducing your heating bills further. Hydronic floor coils need to be installed during construction stage of a build and are built into the fabric of the flooring. For maximum energy efficiency, floor coils should be laid in a scree with an insulation underlay. The best floorings for conducting and radiating heat are polished concrete and tile floors; carpet can be used but it will absorb some of the heat radiating from the coils. Wood flooring needs to be thin and high density wood as softer woods will create a thermal barrier, trapping heat under the floor.
The hard flooring options for hydronic underfloor heating promote a healthy air quality. Concrete and tile, along with other hard floors such as slate and terrazzo, have very low VOC emissions (Volatile Organic Compounds). VOCs are dangerous to human health as they can trigger allergic reactions or cause irritation to the eyes, nose and throat, even in individuals with no history of allergies. Underfloor heating is widely considered by the medical community as being one of the best heating systems for limiting the growth of mould, bacteria, viruses and dust mites. It is therefore one of the cleanest and most hygienic heating systems available on the market today.
Hydronic Underfloor Heating offers an incredibly cost-effective heating solution for many reasons. Firstly, the water temperature required is considerably lower than in other heating systems, due to the fact that the coils cover a large surface area. Heat is therefore distributed evenly throughout a room, providing maximum thermal comfort with minimal cost. Furthermore, the heating system is fully customisable, meaning you can control the temperature in individual rooms. This lets you use heating only when and where you need it, significantly reducing running costs. It is also scientifically proven that conducting heat directly from the floor to your feet increases the sensation of comfort, providing you with a pleasant and cosy warmth throughout your home.
Underfloor heating is also completely invisible. With all major components hidden under the flooring, it does not take up any unnecessary space like other ducted heating systems. There are no bulky units or unsightly piping attached to walls. This also means that it is completely safe for children, pets and the elderly as there is no risk of scalding on hot pipes, or of tripping on electrical cables. Underfloor heating is also completely silent, and so can provide you with efficient, pleasant and clean warmth without you ever noticing it is there.
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