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Is Radiant Floor Heating More Efficient Than Conventional Systems?

Written by Warmup Inc on January 27th, 2016 | Improving the Efficiency of Your Home

Underfloor heating systems, also called radiant floor heating systems, are a comfortable and efficient alternative to traditional forms of heating, such as radiators. They create an even distribution of heat by producing radiant heat that warms humans and objects rather than air, ceiling and walls, making it very energy-efficient. There are two ways to install underfloor heating in your home: fitting either an underfloor heating pipe in the structural sub-floor or an electric system under the floor finish, both of which transfer heat into the room via infrared radiation, providing unrivaled comfort.

Radiant floor heating ensures even distribution of heat

It is the way in which radiant floor heating distributes even heat that makes it more efficient than conventional systems. It works by turning the entire floor area into a large surface that heats the lower half of the room, creating a comfortable environment with a room temperature that is lower than that of a conventional radiator system. By contrast, conventional systems rely on heating the air inefficiently and, as a result, the system needs to run for a longer period to achieve the same level of body comfort.

Thermostats promote energy-efficient heating

Pairing an underfloor heating system with a smart thermostat, such as the 4iE Smart WiFi Thermostat, can save your household a lot of money on your heating bills while keeping you warmer all throughout the year.

The 4iE works in the background to help you minimize energy consumption by ensuring each room is at the right temperature for your own personal comfort, whilst avoiding overheating. It learns how you use your heating and the unique way your home responds to changes in temperature to calculate more efficient settings. You will get tips with advice on comfortable temperatures that use less energy and the optimal times to turn the heating off early and still stay warm, saving up to 25% on your heating use.

Create an energy saving home with underfloor heating

In conclusion, underfloor heating requires significantly less energy as you are not heating the ceiling area and it enables the temperature to be accurately controlled as needed, allowing you to heat the room(s) you want with no energy wasted. And let’s be honest, there’s nothing quite like having warm feet and staying cosy on a cold winter’s day – a pleasure that only underfloor heating can provide!


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