Heating your home: Underfloor heating as a whole-house system

Can you really use underfloor heating as a whole-house heating solution – and if so, how?


A question that often comes up when choosing a heating system is the suitability of underfloor heating to be used as a whole-house heating system. Increasingly popular, electric underfloor heating is suitable to be used as the primary source of heat, as long as the insulation levels have been thought of.

Green living and energy efficiency have become more important to home owners in the past few years and people are constantly looking for more ways to make their homes greener. A variety of factors can be improved to increase energy efficiency in a home, but one that has a direct impact on this is the choice of a heating system.

Known for its energy efficiency, underfloor heating meets the needs of an energy conscious consumer. This due to its controllability and the way it operates. As long as the insulation levels are correct, it is the perfect choice for primary source of heat when looking at improving the energy efficiency in a home.

A variety of benefits are associated with using underfloor heating as a whole-house system, including decreased energy consumption, lower energy bills and a steady room temperature. The low underfloor heating costs, energy savings and comfort reasons are not, however, the only benefits of installing underfloor heating. The system will also allow home owners to free valuable living space as bulky radiators are not needed.

Using underfloor heating as the primary source of heat allows tailoring the heating of your home around your lifestyle which is key in saving energy. Controlling underfloor heating with a thermostat, such as Warmup’s 3iE energy-monitor thermostat, delivers comfortable room temperature when desired by prompting you to choose the most energy efficient temperature and heating settings for each room. The precision of the floor sensor, which is in direct contact of the heater means that no energy is wasted by overheating. The temperature is used to determine how long the heater needs to be on to reach the desired temperature and due to this precision of the floor sensor, the heater will not hear over the required temperature to reach the desired room temperature resulting in energy efficient heating.

When considering underfloor heating as a whole-house system, the insulation levels need to be taken into account. The correct levels of insulation need to be in place to be able to use underfloor heating as the primary source of heat. A heat loss calculation carried out by a builder, an architect or a heating engineer should be conducted to find out what heating levels are needed to heat each room, and whether these insulation levels allow using underfloor heating as a whole-house system.

Taking care of the correct insulation levels, underfloor heating is a great choice for an energy conscious consumer to be used as the primary source of heat.

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