Undoubtedly when it comes to modern heating systems the most inconspicuous has to be Radiant Floor Heating. Whilst most homes in the UK use central heating systems or forced air, these aren’t the only options. Not only are Radiant Heating Systems much more aesthetically pleasing they are also a lot better for the environment. This system allows you to save energy whilst creating a comfortable living environment by distributing heating only where it is needed.
How does it work?
The system consists of a series of tubes the consistently circulate hot water or depending on the system you have installed, electrical heating elements. The system is placed into a concrete slab as it is being poured which then allows the thermal mass of the stone to become a radiator of heat. To explain it simply, it is similar to when you hold a hot drink in that the heat is transferred through radiant energy and heats your hands as well as the surrounding area. This heating system works in the same way but the hot water supply is more consistent and therefore stay heated for your desired time. There are many benefits to having this type of system, firstly as mentioned it is a lot more aesthetically pleasing in the modern home without any bulky installations.
It also heats the desired space with much more efficiency than other heating systems without creating any drafts. It is a lot easier to control the temperature and keep it consistent so that never again do you have to wake up to cold flooring. One of the main issues people tend to find with forced air systems aside from the noise it can make is that it works by circulating air that contains, dust, allergens and other particles. This can be a nightmare for those who suffer from allergies such as hay fever. Finally, one of the biggest benefits people find is the reduced utility bills as concrete radiant heating requires less energy to reach your desired temperature.
What if I already have concrete flooring?
If you already have concrete flooring installed and aren’t looking to pay out for new concrete slabs with the heating system preinstalled there is another option. Radiant heating can be installed as ultrathin electric heating mats that are able to be embedded into a thin layer of cement. In doing so you are able to have the same effect without significantly raising the height of the floor.
Radiant Heating can also be installed in walls as well as floors using the same methods with concrete. The installation process for this can be quite expensive which is why it is not as popular as other heating methods. That being said, as can be seen, the long-term benefits massively outweigh this one time cost and over time you are likely to offset the initial cost with utility savings.
If you are interested in installing radiant heating in your property, the first step is to contact a company that specialises in this type of system. The installation process can be very delicate with a lot of sensitive components that if not installed correctly could cause damage to your property in the long term.