The Benefits of Under Floor Heating
17th June 2013
Heating bills are forever on the rise, so it is no surprise that homeowners have taken matters into their own hands by searching for energy-efficient forms of heating. A popular energy saving heating method that can be installed into any home is under floor heating, or UFH. With low running costs as well as a number of environmental benefits, there is a great demand for UFL, and the UFH market is increasing at a speedy 20% per year.
At Anchor Pumps we offer a number of under floor heating pumps. Here are some of the benefits to under floor heating:
Consistent Heat Flow
The design of UFH coils throughout the property – this formation runs evenly below the floor, distributing heat equally so that there are no cold patches. The radiant energy of UFH is also absorbed by other surfaces in the home – turning surfaces into secondary radiant emitters, allowing the temperature to gently rise.
The heating process of traditional radiators involves pushing warm air around the home as a way of heating it, however this can actually produce high levels of moisture, and even cause damp. UFH is a cleaner alternative as it circulates clean air around the home – due to the clean air circulation, homes with under floor heating systems generally have less dust mites and damp air, therefore is ideal for allergy sufferers.
Lower Water Temperature
Radiators generally operate with water temperatures of 70 to 80°C, however UFH requires a much lower temperature of 40 to 60°C. The lower temperature means a decrease in heating costs. UFH can typically run at an energy cost of £3 to £4 per square metre per year – this is compared to the energy costs of £3.50 to £5 per square metre per year for typical radiator heating systems.
UFH can be used to heat an entire buildings, a number of modern boilers offer the functionality to supply the required low water temperature directly to the heating system. Boilers feature an internal pump which circulates the required water around the pipe circuits. Specialists in a wide range of pump applications, Grundfos offer a number of under floor heating pumps which can be used to implement UFH into a property.
To fully maximise the lower water temperatures required by UFH, many homeowners have turned to alternative forms of heating. One particular example is through utilising ground source heat pumps. A ground source heat pump uses pipes which are buried into the garden, and work by extracting heat from the ground. This extracted heat can then be used to warm water required for a UFH system.
Ground source heat pumps feature a ground loop, which is a loop of pipe that circulates a mixture of water and antifreeze. Heat from the ground is absorbed within this fluid, and then passes through a heat exchanger in the pump. As the ground generally remains at a consistent temperature, heat pumps can be operated all year round.
When installing a radiator, you want to ensure that you choose a convenient space while making sure this area allows for effective heat circulation – however finding such a space can be quite difficult in new builds and re-designs. Under floor heating provides the perfect solution, as no space need be sacrificed, fully maximising the potential of space in the home.