With colder, wetter winters predicted for the UK, heating our homes efficiently becomes more important. Not all of us are lucky enough to have that roaring log fire in a huge inglenook, or even a toasty log burner in our living rooms, so apart from aesthetically ugly radiators, what can we do?
Underfloor heating is increasingly popular in the UK, both for new builds and updating existing properties, having travelled across from Northern Europe,. Having a warm floor rapidly heats the rest of the room, and with the addition of thick, cosy carpet, the feeling of plushness is complete.
Health Benefits of Warm, Clean Flooring
Clean carpets limit the amount of moisture, dust and mould spores in the atmosphere, and a regular deep clean can really relieve the symptoms of asthma, eczema and other allergy problems. Clean That Carpet are experts in this field and have teams throughout London ready to make your carpet perfect again.
Couple clean carpets with underfloor heating and you’re on to a winner.
Because it produces a dry heat, this type of system can reduce dust mites and the problems caused by them, such as allergies. It can also relieve the painful symptoms of arthritis.
How Does Underfloor Heating Work?
Both electric (dry) and water based (wet) underfloor heating systems work in a very similar way. Both circulate heat beneath the flooring surface. Because heat rises, it warms the air, bringing the room to a comfortable temperature.
Underfloor Heating vs Radiators Running Costs
Utilising the science of thermodynamics, the heated floor causes the air to rise and circulate around the room. Radiators, having a relatively limited surface area, are not as effective at circulating the warm air.
Radiators, because of their relatively small surface area, cannot push the air around and effectively, just heats the ceiling, making this system inefficient and costly.
Environmental benefits of Underfloor Heating
The increasing awareness of the planet’s problems is causing more and more of us to think carefully about how we use our energy. Being so much more energy efficient than traditional central heating systems, underfloor heating is an eco friendly solution to heating your home.
Any floor covering can be used with underfloor heating systems however carpets are by far the most popular option. Carpets have a tog rating, which indicates how insulating the carpet is. The best carpets to use with underfloor heating are those with tog ratings of less than 2.5. Most fans of underfloor heating use carpets without underlays in living areas. This allows for thicker, more luxurious carpets without impeding the warm air rising.
Keeping your carpet pile clean also allows the air to rise through the fibres effectively, as the fibres are not ‘meshing’ together creating a block.
Keeping your home warm and comfortable has never been easier or more effective.