Why Underfloor Heating Is More Energy Efficient

Probably one of the most popular central heating facilities is the radiator heater. However, underfloor heating systems are now beginning
to be more widespread for household heating, as well as in some offices.
This heating system is not a new concept and has been around for many a
century since the Roman period. Underfloor heating kit can also be traced
back to Ancient Korea, whereby heating was spread from the kitchen area.


Before the advent of radiator and underfloor heating systems, the Romans were one of the first to introduce the
central heating systems in public buildings and bathhouses. This was not
readily available to everybody, especially to those who did not have
enough money. Only the rich and wealthy were privileged enough to own
one of these. However, maintaining this type of heating system required a
lot of manual labour and twenty-four hour attention. Therefore, it was a
costly process.

In ancient Korea, the warmest part of the house
was the kitchen. Seeing that most of the heating would come from the
kitchen, a facility was built to help heat travel through flues and then
be distributed and different rooms. This type of water underfloor heating kit
system was known as the Ondol, which literally translated meant ‘warm
stone’. With just one heating, the floors of each room would remain warm
and heated for a longer period.

The system inspired American
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, in the 1900s to build an underfloor
heating system in his building having experienced its benefits in Korea
and Japan. He invented the radiant underfloor heaters, which had hot
water running through water pipes as opposed to hot air. This was then
began a new trend in central heating and has since been useful in
households as well as public buildings.

Modern Day

The modern underfloor heating can also be used as a cooling system during
the hot summer months, which is much more beneficial to your health and
energy efficient than using air conditioning devices. Electric floor
heating systems have very low installation costs compared to normal
radiator heating. All that is required for them is a thermostat, and can
cost up to a couple of hundred pounds or less. These are normally
installed in the kitchen or bedroom.

Radiator heating generally circulate heat by pushing the hot air up towards the ceiling, which
leave people feeling warm in their upper body but not on the lower part
of their body. Furthermore extra heat is wasted as the hot air gets
trapped up at the top, which is why there is always a cool bottom and
warm top half.

With underfloor heating the heated air circulates more in the bottom half and around the room without any hot air being
wasted. Unlike radiators they are relatively maintenance free, so once
they have been installed you will not have to worry about bleeding air
and a good quality system could last up to twenty-five years. Not only
that, it will cut the cost of your heating bill by half as the effects
of underfloor heating is that the warmth can last for an extended