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 widely used in northern Europe and has become very popular in the UK, both for new builds and updating existing properties. 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.
Producing a dry heat, underfloor heating can dramatically reduce house dust mites, and consequently, their faeces, which can be a major factor in encouraging allergies. The dry heat can ease the symptoms of arthritis, too.
How Does Underfloor Heating Work?
Both electric (dry) and water based (wet) underfloor heating systems are almost identical apart from one uses electric heating cable while the other circulates heated water through a pipe system. Both can be used with your existing boiler, and circulate heat under the floor, be it a solid screed floor, or timber floorboards. This heat rises and efficiently heats the room, no matter what your flooring choice is.
Underfloor Heating vs Radiators Running Costs
With an underfloor heating system, the floor itself becomes the heat emitter and the heating of the room is from the floor up, utilising the fact that warm air rises and will circulate around a room. Radiant heat from the floor is also absorbed by other surfaces in the home, which will warm up and become secondary heat emitters, gently bringing up the temperature in the home.
Radiators in a normal central heating system, being mounted on the wall, effectively, heat the ceiling, meaning that the warm air does not circulate. It completely misses the area that we actually need heating, 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.