How It Works
A traditional radiator system & Air Handling Units transfer energy into a room or space largely by convection, (i.e. heating the air space).
This convection results in the floor being the coolest part of the room, leaving a mass of warm air at ceiling level, the effect & inefficiencies increase as ceiling height increases.
Convectional Heating systems lift up fine dust particles from the floor and distribute them into the air and over furnishings.
Underfloor Heating is widely recognised as one of the most natural and energy efficient ways of heating buildings. An Underfloor heating system heats almost entirely by radiation.
Radiant energy (from the underfloor heating pipework or cables) is emitted by the floor, partly reflected by each surface and partly absorbed. Where it is absorbed, all surfaces and furnishings within a room become secondary heat emitters; warming the room & its occupants.
The system can be installed in a variety of floor constructions, such as:
- Structural concrete;
- Timber joists/batten floors;
- Timber floating floors;
Water at temperatures of 35–55°c are circulated through a network of underfloor pipework, heating the floor to temperatures not exceeding 33°c, turning the floor into a low temperature heat emitter.
Electric underfloor heating works the same way with the cables heating to around 40°c, again turning the floor into a low temperature heat emitter.
Radiant Energy reaches into every corner of the room or space, which means no cold spots, no warm ceilings and no cold feet!