Underfloor Heating or Radiators?

23rd July 2015 0 By ThermoUFH

The choice of a heating system dictates the way in which heat is distributed and experienced by the end user. Underfloor heating is very popular as it is more convenient and efficient than radiators of blown air heating systems, however, you could well be wondering what are the differences between radiators and underfloor heating. Read on to understand how the different systems distribute heat and how this will affect the room temperature and comfort levels.

HOW DO THE SYSTEMS DISTRIBUTE HEAT?

The main difference between the two systems is the way they distribute heat. Underfloor heating produces radiant heat which heats objects rather than the air making you feel warm, whereas, radiators heat the air using convection, not the building or objects, inside it.

The illustration below shows in more detail how underfloor heating and radiators differ and the way they distribute heat:

Underfloor heating; graphic

RADIATORS HEAT WALLS AND CEILINGS

As illustrated in the image above, radiators heat in a way, where the heat is at the top of the room where it is most likely to escape, or the occupants don’t feel the full benefit of the heat. Radiators cause and utilise convection currents during heat distribution which moves dust around and reduces humidity of a room contributing to creating a stuffy, uncomfortable environment. The movement of dust is also best avoided if you suffer from asthma or other breathing difficulties.

UNDERFLOOR HEATING MAKES YOU FEEL WARM

The way underfloor heating distributes heat is based on human requirements and the level of comfort desired. Underfloor heating provides heat where it’s needed, making you feel warm. Underfloor heating also reduces the risk of overheating which is unpleasant and wastes energy. There is minimal air movement and since the system heats more evenly than radiators from the floor up and does not overheat the space, the system is more energy efficient in use. The human body prefers to have warm feet and a cool head – Underfloor Heating is ideal for this.

UNDERFLOOR HEATING GIVES YOU FLEXIBILTY IN THE ROOMS LAYOUT

As there are no radiators on the walls of your project, you have a greater flexibility in where you place furniture, meaning that more of the space in your home can be utilised. Underfloor Heating is never installed underneath fixed items of furniture such as kitchen cupboards, baths etc.

DIFFERENCES IN MAINTENANCE

There is minimal maintenance required for our underfloor heating systems. Once the underfloor heating is commissioned and balanced it can be left to operate on its own. The only part of underfloor heating you may want to adjust is the room thermostat, which are offered in various forms from basic dial thermostats to app controlled thermostats. The underfloor heating manifold can be hidden away in a cupboard as it is rare you will need to access the manifold for maintenance.