What are the advantages of underfloor heating?
Underfloor heating increases comfort
Underfloor heating works by the principle of heat transfer which is very comfortable. Remember the sun in early spring, even though the air temperature may be low, you will still feel veryl cosy when the sun shines on you. Another convenience-enhancing effect is that the so-called cold – feet – issue is a thing of the passed when underfloor heating is chosen. This is another reason why the room temperature can be set lower: warm feet soon deliver a pleasant feeling all over the body. This contradictory to the situation when people are shivering from cold feet evn when the room temperature is set a little higher.
It is hygienic and healthy
Air circulation is prevented by an even temperature. Also the humidity is about 12% higher than with radiators, because of the lower temperature. This is one of the reasons why underfloor heating is experienced as positive, by Cara patients for example.
It gives design freedom
Due to the lack of radiators you have all the freedom when decorating and space planning the Interior. Think about blinds or curtains down to the ground; without the view ‘corrupted’ by radiators. Or think about refurbishing an old Edinburgh townhouse where the high staircaises are now comfortable and the rooms have unobstructed views on the classic paneling.
It is the only possibility when the central heating water does not exceed the 55ºC.
Increasingly when housing estates are built with a so-called ‘ district heating’, the water temperature does not exceed the 55ºc. Here is every home connected to hot water that is heated somewhere else by the Council. That also means that there is no heating system in the house. The heat generated by this heating system is in most cases typically not warmer than 55º c. this temperature is too low to heat buildings with radiators. Therefore no other option remains but to heat the houses by means of underfloor heating. Ideal for underfloor heating in social housing.
To benefit most from the intended energy saving it is recommended to choose a stone floor or stone floor finish. It is expected that this type of installation will be applied more and more in the future (after all, the environment and the saving of energy are hot items) and so will also underfloor heating.
Are there disadvantages to underfloor heating?
You may think: does underfloor heating have no disadvantages? Not as far as we are concerned. At most, there are some technical limitations. We think, for example, the lack of building height so that there is no space for this form of heating. Although we then rush to say that there are very thin systems available and the saving of space by the lack of radiators should be taken into account as well. And we must, of course, indicate that underfloor heating with should be used with care when newly installed. When a tiled floor is hot fired too fast there is a risk of cracking because (only) during the warm-up period hot and cold zones are present in the floor.