Heating and cooling often represents the largest ongoing expense over a building’s lifetime, so it is important to evaluate and invest in the right heating and cooling system for your project. Choosing the right underfloor heating system can improve energy efficiency, comfort levels, property values as well as reduce the carbon footprint.
Hydronic heating systems are simply those in which heat transfer is done by means of water. In a home this is done by means of radiators, embedded pipes like what you would find in an underfloor heating system, or a water chilled/heated air conditioning unit. Heating or cooling the water is done by a heat pump or by gas boiler (heating only).
Hydronic in-floor heating has the benefit of being silent and draught free as opposed to air conditioning. The comfort of having heat under foot on a cold day is difficult to substitute with any other method of heating. In-floor heating distributes heat evenly across all areas it is serving which offers a more uniform heating profile and makes cold and hot spots less likely. As it is draught free, it is not going to circulate dust through the air, and air filters are not a maintenance issue.
Floor surfaces do affect outputs, but not efficiency of the underfloor heating system. Hard floors such as stone, tile and polished concrete are the best at transferring heat, however, engineered timber, carpet and other softer floor finishes will still transfer heat into the room, especially when done in-screed with our in-floor insulation. Natural timbers cannot be used as there is risk of swelling. Underfloor cooling is also best with the hard floor finishes.