Most of us think of underfloor heating as a modern invention. In fact, it is another of those innovations that we have to thank the Romans for. They built their homes over narrow tunnels, which allowed air to pass under the floor space. Outside, ovens burned fuel, which generated hot air that was then directed through the underfloor tunnels, and heated their homes. Unfortunately, over time, this great way to heat a room was largely forgotten.
Today, underfloor heating is back, and it is growing in popularity. This is unsurprising, because it is a great way to keep any home, office or commercial building warm.
Here are a few interesting facts to help you to decide whether hot air underfloor heating is for you or not:
Your rooms warm up fast
One of the nicest things about this form of heating is that it works fast. A typical room only takes around
20 minutes to warm up.
Heat rises evenly
The fact that the heat rises across the entire floor means that every inch of the air in the room is heated.
This is why many people find underfloor heating more comfortable.
Because of this effect, the thermostat can often be set to a lower setting. You feel warm quickly in a room
fitted out with underfloor heating.
In a room with radiators, there are cold spots, which take a while to heat up. Therefore, most people end up
compensating for this by turning the thermostat up, which costs money.
There are two types
Many people do not realise there are two kinds of underfloor heating, electric and hydronic. An electric system
uses dry heat, and as the name indicates, a hydronic system works by using water that is heated and then sent
around the room via the pipes that are fitted under the floor.
Increasingly people are opting to have a hybrid version of underfloor heating installed in their properties. Often,
they have a wet system installed downstairs and a dry one upstairs.
Great for people with allergies
The fact that this type of heating system is a closed one and does not require hot air to be blasted into the room
means that it is a good option for those with allergies. Over time, a traditional hot air system will become
contaminated by lint and dust, which ends up sitting in the tubing. When the hot air is blown into a space, some of
that debris, including dust mites, inevitably enters the room, which is bad news for someone with a house dust allergy.
With a closed system, this problem does not exist.
Can be installed under any floor finish
Most people assume that a hot air heating system can only be installed under a wooden floor. In reality, it works well
under any type of flooring material, including carpet. Whether you are planning an extension or wanting to update
your existing rooms installing underfloor heating is something that is well worth considering. Recently, the cost has
fallen, and the technology is now proven, so for most people it is a good option.