Isn’t it annoying, from a design point of view, when you’ve refurbished a room and then you have stick radiators onto the walls? Those big hunks of metal can really ruin the aesthetic, can’t they? Perhaps you’re considering the pros and cons of underfloor heating? Let’s see if there’s any real benefit to such a system.
Radiators rely on convection heating to warm a room, which means they aren’t all that efficient. The energy is only coming from one area of the room, heating the air around it but taking time to spread the rest of the room. The room is heated by convection currents from hot air rising, which pushes cold air down towards the floor, leaving the bottom part of the room cooler than the top. This isn’t especially efficient, especially for those with high ceilings.
An underfloor system, however, heats by radiation and not convection, leading a more evenly distributed heat, a warmer floor and cooler ceiling. This makes much more sense.
Whichever underfloor heating system you choose, the clear benefit is that you won’t need space for radiators. All is hidden away, and you don’t need to worry about positioning furniture around those large radiators anymore! With underfloor heating, you can put your furniture anywhere you like without concern over affecting the temperature of the room. For help and advice with all heating matters, consider Boiler Installation Forest Of Dean with Green Planet Heating.
You might not think it, but underfloor heating can save you money on your energy costs. You can set the temperature at a lower level than you would have done with radiators and it still warms the room comfortably, due to its radiation effect and more even distribution of heat. Consider Boiler Installation Forest Of Dean for information on how to make your home heating more efficient.
You might think radiators are pretty low maintenance, but underfloor heating requires even less! No more need for bleeding, cleaning and flushing out the system. All that is needed with UFH is an annual check of the manifold, a quick once over to check there are no leaks and a quick check of the valves.
The only category where radiators pull one back is with the speed of warming up. UFH can take longer to get going for the simple reason that it must warm through a layer of flooring first. However, with the energy cost savings of the UFH system, you can leave it on for longer, running at a lower temperature. This gives you steady warmth and no peaks of hot and cold.
Living with older central heating radiators, you’ll notice the clanging and knocking that occurs when you turn on the heating, often making you jump when you least expect it. UHF is much quieter. While a lot depends on the quality of installation and system type, you can wave goodbye to the otherworldly banging and knocking of those rattling radiators!