Heated Floors: Are They Worth It?

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As part of the planet’s drive for more sustainable living in our homes, the advantages of underfloor heating solutions are becoming increasingly prevalent in discussions around modern home heating methods. There are a multitude of important benefits of underfloor heating systems that are worth looking into if you’re looking to make your home more energy efficient. In this blog, we’ll explore the numerous advantages of heated floors over conventional radiator heating and explain why they’re well worth the investment for your home.

Easy to Install, Easy to Maintain

One of the key advantages of heated floors is the ease with which you can have the system installed and maintained. It’s fairly easy to install when you have properly qualified professionals on the job and unlike conventional radiator-based heating systems, which require regular bleeding and other maintenance, underfloor heating is much less intensive. Pipelife is sure to make use of high quality parts that can be relied on to perform for years to come, and as such we offer a 50 year guarantee on our Qual-Pex Plus+ ‘Easy Lay’ multilayer pipe.

Simple and Sustainable Heating

Heating for homes and businesses is responsible for approximately 40% of the world’s carbon emissions, so it’s easy to see why the efficiency of our home heating systems is one of the top priorities to improve on in our drive to reach net zero. The lower temperature of water that’s needed for operating an underfloor heating system means that you can cut down significantly on the energy you’re spending. That means that in the long run, your heated floors will save you a lot of money on your energy bills and help to cut down on carbon emissions from home heating at the same time.

Doesn’t Need to Heat Water to Higher Temperatures

One of the major contributing factors to the sustainability of heated floor solutions is the fact that the water that it uses to heat a room does not need to be heated to as high a temperature as other heating systems require – overall saving you money on the operating cost of your heating system. The water is distributed through a long length of heating pipes that operate at a lower temperature than a radiator system requires, and essentially transforms your floor into one big energy-efficient radiator.

Even Heating Across Your Home

A conventional radiator heating system will heat the localised area around your radiators, which you can get away with in smaller rooms. But particularly in larger rooms, the even heating provided by heated floors does a much better job of spreading consistent warmth across the whole area. By concentrating the heat at ground level, where it’s needed most, and spreading it evenly across the whole room, heated floors allow you to keep a room warm evenly throughout the whole area instead of only in specific areas equipped with radiators.

Drastically Reduces the Dust Being Circulated Around Your Home

One surprising benefit of installing heated floors in your home is the improvement in air quality that goes along with it. Radiators make any annoying habit of circulating dust and other airborne debris such as mould or mites around the home by creating convection currents. That is a flaw that underfloor heating systems do not share. Taking airborne debris out of the equation makes for a much healthier living environment, particularly for people with allergies or respiratory difficulties.

Pairs Perfectly With Air to Water Heat Pump Technology

If you’re familiar with more recent innovations in home heating solutions, then you may well have heard about Air to Water Heat Pumps. A heat pump is the best way to generate a low-temperature water supply to keep your heated floors running. In buildings that have good insulation, replacing your oil or gas boiler with an Air to Water Heat Pump is a fantastic heating solution that keeps your home warm and your heating costs and CO2 emissions down. By efficiently drawing in heat energy from outdoors, even on a cold day, a heat pump distributes that energy through your wet central heating system. The heat produced in this system is slightly cooler than a conventional boiler system, which is why heated floors are an ideal companion to this kind of system.

With all of these incredible benefits, it’s easy to see why so many people are making the switch to heated floors. The benefits of underfloor heating are quite significant. At Pipelife Eco, we’re proud to be leading the way to sustainable heating solutions in Ireland. If you have any queries, then feel free to get in contact with us for expert advice today.

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