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Underfloor heating is an alternative heating technology that serves to replace classic radiators. Today we will know its main advantages and disadvantages.
Underfloor heating is a system of pipes through which hot water circulates. It allows the rooms of a house to maintain a constant temperature.
The pipe is embedded in the ground. It can be placed on all types of floors, be it floating floors, wood, stone, vinyl or carpet.
The system requires a gas or pellet boiler to heat the water and circulate it. This equipment requires minimal maintenance on a regular basis.
Each room requires the placement of a thermostat that serves to control the circulation of water in the pipes. These devices allow the ambient temperature in the room to be optimal.
It is recommended for new buildings. It is not recommended for renovations as this heating system raises the height of the floor by one and a half centimeters. In addition, it may require cutting the doors, removing the flooring, among other inconveniences.
Radiant floor installation. Image: Wolfgang Filser Shutterstock
How does the underfloor heating system work?
It is based on thermal inertia, since it heats the floor so that the air in the house is heated (from the bottom up).
Advantages of underfloor heating.
- It has low electricity consumption.
- Heating is more uniform.
- By not using the conventional radiator, it allows more free space in the rooms.
- It is comfortable and safe.
- It is easy to install in new homes.
The system works with hot water at a low temperature (35 ° C). It also works with aerothermal and geothermal energy , that is, it is designed to work with equipment at low temperatures.
Disadvantages of underfloor heating.
Sometimes the water that is sent to the ground can be very hot, which can cause discomfort to the feet.
It is a facility that is not accessible to all people. It is often expensive and requires the property to be new, given the inconvenience it creates if the building needs remodeling.