Water underfloor heating:
Man learnt very early to place the kettle
filled with water over the fire. It is well-known that heat rises,
therefore it is most economical for heating to take place from below.
The feeling of warmth is extremely important. A radiant source of heat, or
a draught, is normally felt more intensely than simply low temperatures.
Therefore a large heated surface is preferable to a small, intense source
The combination of radiant heat and gentle convected heat from below is
certainly the best solution. Laying a flexible pipe under the floor
has made this method economically feasible. Several litres of warm water
circulate in the floor spreading an even heat providing the ultimate
feeling of comfort.
There are major benefits when using water for your underfloor heating
project. The installation is fast, simple and guaranteed. The water in
these pipes can be heated using various methods, e.g., heat pumps, gas
burners, solar energy, electricity to name but a few. With underfloor
heating, you can position your furniture as you please. There are no wall
mounted radiators present to determine how the furniture should be placed,
no electrical heaters to drag around. Underfloor heating ensures that
there is less dust and the hygienic environment will be improved through
minimal thermal air circulation. The ultimate reason for choosing hydronic/water
underfloor heating though is undoubtedly the comfort value that is derived
from a large surface at relatively low temperature. This ensures that the
heating is most efficient, positioned where it is best felt - at your
feet. Keeping your feet warm makes your whole body feel warm.
Heating the floor from underneath is
nothing new. In fact it was the Romans that first made fire under a raised
floor and passed the smoke through a labyrinth of tunnels under each floor
to heat from below. Under floor heating is now internationally accepted as
a system that achieves the best comfort levels. Using a manifold system
heated water is passed through the floor of each room and is controlled by
a thermostat to offer room temperature as required. Various heat sources
are available. The system is commissioned by trained and accredited
installers and is backed by a 10 year warranty.
The design utilizes insulation to ensure that heat loss from the building
is kept to a minimum thereby reducing energy required to maintain building
comfort when compared with conventional systems. Not every application
lends itself to placing pipes under the floor.
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