Can underfloor heating save you money and be efficient?

January 20, 2012

CIA Let Property Blog

Underfloor heating

Can installing underfloor heating in your house or flat really save you money? And how does it work to make it more efficient for your home?

Working in the same way as a radiator – based central heating system, underfloor heating works with your thermostat and heats up when the temperature drops below a certain setting.

It works by pumping the heat around a heat exchanger in the floor. The heat is released over a certain period of time into the rooms above.

The heat exchanger has to heat up a large thermal mass and won’t heat up like a standard radiator heater because it take longer to heat up and cool down.

With this, you need to pre plan when you need to use your heating because it takes so long. Looking to see what the weather will be like for the next few days may help you.

As the UK climate is very temperamental, under floor heating is not seen as efficient as you have to predict when you need it.

If using a heat pump this is ideal because these heaters work at lower flow temperatures and a heat pump is a source of hot water. Cost savings can be made for a household with lower flow temperatures.*

*Source – Ebicco & Daily Mail

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