Underfloor heating and cooling systems regularize the temperature indoors on cold winter days using a combination of radiation, conduction, and convection. Modern systems use warm water underfloor heating methods to give the perfect room temperature by balancing convicted heat and radiated heat. This type of heating can be used with any kind of floors like carpeted floors, stone floors, hardwood, or linoleum though stone flooring gives the best results. It is an economical and environmental friendly way to warm up your home. This also allows you to regulate the temperature in different rooms irrespective of how cold the weather is outside. Not only is it economical, it is also a healthy way of heating your home and creates a safe environment for your family.
Benefits Of Water Underfloor Heating
New home projects and home renovation projects are increasingly using water underfloor heating methods as the best solution for the problem. They are ideal for use in conservatories and cellar areas. The advantage of using this method is that it rises up from the floor since the heat is emitted from the floor. The areas to be heated are separated into different units or zones and each of them are heated and controlled independently. In countries where the winter is severe, is no longer an option but a necessity. These system saves as much as 20% of the utility bills when compared to conventional radiators. Installation charges are reasonable especially when it is installed during the construction phase itself. Since the heating is unobtrusive and below the floor, it allows you to use whatever kind of flooring you wish to use.
Components Of Water Underfloor Heating System
This system uses many components, the chief of which are pipes. Pipes, which are tough and durable and with an oxygen resistant layer, are built into the floor during the construction phase itself. A manifold consists of multiple valves which regulate the temperature of the different areas of the home by opening and closing the valves. The thermostat controls the temperature indoors by opening and closing the water circuit according to the degree of heating required. The pump helps in circulating the hot water through the pipes into the different rooms releasing energy where required. The water is heated using solar water, gas burner, heat pump, or electrical elements.
How Does the This System Work?
A water underfloor heating system relies on continuous feeding of pumped circulating water which is heated to a temperature of 50 degree Celsius or so only. This warm water circulates through the cement screed and acts as a storehouse of heat. During off peak hours or overnight, the thermostat adjusts the temperature to a setback level, at a lower level, so that a minimum temperature is maintained throughout. This is because if it were turned off completely, it would take about 2 hours or more depending on the weather conditions to warm up the room again. Using the setback temperature allows the rooms to be warmed up optimally in the shortest possible time.