The traditional form of wet heating in the UK is by way of radiators, but radiators have some disadvatages.
1) They don’ t radiate much heat. The majority of the heat is emitted by means of convection. Cold air at the bottom is warmed by the radiator and rises to the ceiling before circulating back to the floor. This means that the temperature in the room can vary.
2) They take up valuable wall space which can be at a premium in small modern homes.
3) They are made of steel which can react with oxygen in the water to create corrosion.
An alternative which is becoming more popular is underfloor heating. Underfloor heating is by no means a modern idea, the Romans were using it in Pompeiibut underfloor heating has changed considerably since those days! Today the pipes used are usually made of plastic or multilayer composite pipes which are laid in one continuous loop in or under the floor. Traditionally under floor pipes were laid in the floor screed which meant they were only suitable for new build or major refurbishment projects.
Modern overlay systems can be used for retrofit applications and only add a few milllimetres to the finished floor level. These overlay systems utilising engineered wood or other floor coverings are much quicker to respond than the screed systems.
Underfloor systems have several advantages over radiators.
1) No wall space taken up.
2) They run at lower temperatures,using less fuel than radiators and making them ideal for renewable heat sources.
3) The heat rises evenly from the floor making the room feel more comfortable at a lower air temperature than a radiator system.
4) Warm floors are very pleasnt to walk on.
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