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Underfloor Heating – An Overview

16 November, 2018
Michael

For many, the idea of underfloor heating is a new one – it’s only just beginning to gain popularity in Australia. However, it’s been one of Europe’s most favoured systems for well over 1000 years, and it’s easy to see why. Considered one of the most efficient forms of heating available, it will save you both money and energy. It certainly is one of the most comfortable, flexible and innovative choices on the market. For those of you considering this method of heating for your home, we’ve compiled a list of everything you need to know. 

What is underfloor heating?

One of the best methods of heating your home, slab heating is usually installed during the construction stage of your new house. It involved a pipe being laid in the flooring, and a concrete slab being poured directly over the top. This pipe is connected to a boiler, which heats the water to your desired temperature, and a thermostat, which controls that heat of the water! The water then heats the concrete, which warms the air in the room from the ground up – no more cold feet in winter! 

What makes it the perfect choice?

There are a whole range of reasons why people choose to have hydronic heating installed in their homes, and the reason one family chooses it may not be the same as yours. Regardless, you can all take advantage of its numerous benefits: 

  • Energy Efficient: One of the most efficient heating methods available, underfloor heating is one of the best ways to reduce your home’s energy costs, taking 20 to 40% off your heating bill. 
  • Healthy: As these systems don’t use forced air, you’re reducing the amount of dust, pollens and other allergens that circulate throughout your home. This keeps the indoor air cleaner – perfect for asthma sufferers or those with allergies. 
  • Safety: With everything firmly cemented under your floors, there are no exposed elements that your children or pets may accidentally burn themselves on. Even if they were to come into contact with the water, it’s actually a mild temperature, meaning scalds aren’t likely. 
  • Quite: If you don’t want to have to get used to the buzz that comes from traditional heating methods, you’ll be happy to learn that this method is almost completely silent! Perfect for light sleepers, you’ll be warm and well-rested before you know it. 
  • Eco Friendly: These days, we’re all more conscious about the impact we’re having on the environment – for those that want to do even more, consider underfloor heating. European technology ensures the carbon footprint is kept as small as possible, whilst their systems produce around 20% less carbon dioxide than other heating methods. 

As you can see, hydronic underfloor heating is one of the best ways to heat your homes. Thanks to its efficiency and health benefits, it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular methods in Australia. If this overview has left you wanting to know more about hydronic heating, then we certainly recommend seeking the advice of our expert team – it may just lead to one of the best investments that you ever make!