Underfloor heating is a form of central heating which achieves indoor climate control for thermal comfort using conduction, radiation and convection. The term radiant heating is commonly used to describe this approach because radiation is responsible for a significant portion of the resulting thermal comfort but this usage is technically correct only when radiation composes more than 50% of the heat exchanged between the floor and the rest of the space.
Modern underfloor heating systems use either electrical resistance elements (“electric systems”) or fluid flowing in pipes (“hydronic systems”) to heat the floor. Either type can be installed as the primary, whole-building heating system or as localized floor heating for thermal comfort. However, water based underfloor heating is much more energy efficient. Hydronic piping can be cast in a concrete floor slab (“poured floor system” or “wet system”).
Benefits of Underfloor Heating
- Greater Thermal well-being
- Greater energy saving
- Elevated heating surface at low temperature
- Uniform distribution of room temperature
- Respect of room humidity and hygienic conditions
- No alteration of plaster, wooden floors and door and window frames
- No limit in architectural design
- Highly reliable and flexible for design and installation purposes
Pipes 100 year life expectancy