There are a lot of articles online that discuss the numerous benefits of underfloor heating to homeowners. However, some of these articles discuss the environmental benefits of underfloor heating. Underfloor heating is a great heating solution for your home and has a wide range of exciting benefits.
With the use of liquid screed (which is much better for the environment than concrete) this makes underfloor heating an even better option compared to other methods.
This article will tell you the full and honest truth about the environmental friendliness of underfloor heating as well as comparing the main types of underfloor heating. This is vital in understanding the differences between the two main systems and assessing how environmentally friendly they are.
Why is Environmental Impact Important?
Countries around the globe are pledging to take significant action against climate change and this is going to have to be introduced on small to medium and large scale changes. This is why the way that we operate our homes and the things that we take for granted need to be considered in terms of how they impact the environment. The way that we heat up our homes is therefore a highly important aspect to consider in terms of whether we are doing the best to reduce our environmental impact.
What are the Different Types of Underfloor Heating?
The two major underfloor heating systems are:
Electric underfloor heating.
Hydronic (wet) underfloor heating.
Here lies the answer to whether or not a new underfloor heating system is environmentally friendly. As the more common methods of generating electricity utilise fossil fuels, electric underfloor heating systems tend to be less environmentally friendly. However, compared to traditional heating methods, hydronic (wet) underfloor heating systems reduce the temperature of water needed to heat up your room compared to other more traditional heating methods. This means that you can enjoy a lovely warm room using less energy which is very beneficial to the environment.
Your wet underfloor heating also has a variety of different heating sources compared to electric underfloor heating – which will need to be ran by electricity likely from a generator or the mains. Apart from having a gas or electric boiler running your wet underfloor heating – you can also opt for greener solutions such as having a ground heat pump providing the energy for your heating system. As your system needs less energy, you can use these more environmentally friendly options. There are even some systems in development that run on solar energy – which shows the huge potential in the future for these systems.
Are People Really Opting for Underfloor Heating?
Underfloor heating is becoming hugely popular in new build properties as it’s easy to install during the construction process and works well in tandem with other building activities. They are becoming more popular than traditional heating such as radiators as they allow for open plan rooms and actually heat rooms better than radiators with reduced running costs. They are also healthier as radiators are known to irritate or stimulate dust allergies. When a wet underfloor heating system is installed correctly, there is also minimal to no maintenance required which is perfectly suited for those who dread having to clean their radiators.
Making the Switch
Underfloor heating isn’t just limited to newer properties, you can also replace your current heating system and enjoy all of the benefits of underfloor heating. If you are concerned about the environmental impact of your current heating system or want to change up the way that you heat your home then underfloor heating is the perfect choice for you. So the answer is yes! Wet underfloor heating systems are better for the environment whilst also saving you money on energy bills – putting cash back in your pocket!
About the Author
Alexander Fox works for Easyflow Ltd. who are one of the leading providers of underfloor heating and liquid screed packages in the Midlands, UK, having many years of experience in this sector.