Introduction to Underfloor Heating
A water underfloor heating system offers a heating alternative to radiators. As the heat emitted from an underfloor heating system is more evenly distributed than a single radiator, the system can use water at lower temperatures, making it a potentially more energy efficient way to heat your home if it is already very well insulated. Detailed Description on Underfloor Heating
Water based underfloor heating system works by connecting your boiler to series of pipes which are laid throughout the floor. Underfloor heating systems are best suited to new floor constructions where the floor can be designed to hold the pipework and be adequately insulated to ensure the heating does not escape downwards.
Underfloor heating systems require water to be heated to a lower temperature than radiators and so represent a more efficient form of heating. However, the savings are thought to be relatively modest and the payback on the capital investment therefore relatively long.
It is important to note that it is only worth considering underfloor heating in a home which is extremely well insulated. The temperature of a heated floor is obviously much lower than that of a conventional radiator. If you have inadequate insulation, then the heat provided from an underfloor heating system is not likely to be sufficient to maintain temperatures at a comfortable level.