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Hydronic Underfloor Heating - How it Works & The Benefits
How Hyrdronic Underfloor Heating Works
Either a boiler, a solar panel or a heat pump will heat water that is then pumped through the heat distribution system via pipes under the floor. The system will then gently release heat into the home. Water temperatures are generally heated between 40°C and 60°C.
Benefits of hydronic underfloor heating
- There are no hot or cold spots, no draughts or noisy fans.
- It warms the space and objects in a room.
- Water transfers heat at a much faster rate than air.
- The home is less likely to get condensation or mildew.
- Living over a magnetic field created by electric underfloor heating could lead to a long term health hazard; water based systems are free from magnetic fields and are clean and healthy.
- As different heat sources can be connected into water based underfloor heating, a future proof system.
- Systems are fitted with a thermostat and time controller –you can make the most of cheaper electricity rates and solar power.
- The average monthly cost of running under floor heating with a heat pump is $150 (Ref: Central Heating NZ)
Why get quotes through Ecobob for underfloor heating?
- Underfloor heating is an expense, but is a great investment for saving on heating bills and ensuring your families health. It is advised to get 3 quotes to compare prices but also to compare the value you are getting from different installation companies.
- Ecobob provides 3 quotes from reputable underfloor heating companies that are both professional and reliable.
The types of flooring suitable for underfloor heating
Underfloor heating is best suited to tile, vinyl floors, polished concrete or wood veneers because they allow heat to disperse through. Carpet and underlay insulate from the floor below, but also insulate heat.
Passive solar gain
Additional efficiency can be achieved by designing the building to maximise direct solar gain onto the floor.
Retrofitting underfloor heating
Retrofitting underfloor heating is not an easy or a practical option as it can only be completed where a lightweight flooring slab can be placed over an existing slab.