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How Underfloor Heating Will Benefit Your Business

Mar 16, 2008
There is a recent growing trend for new businesses installing underfloor heating systems, as opposed to using radiator heaters, in a bid to become more environmentally friendly. It would seem that new commercial buildings are benefitting far more with the installation of this kind of heating system as opposed to the conventional wall mounted radiators.

The working office environment should always be comfortable, whether it is the winter or summer period. A fluctuation in your body temperature will always affect the way you work and create issues for your health. Underfloor heating not only ensures extra comfort for staff but also reduces wasted heat energy and distributes heat into each room evenly.

Normally radiator heating is quick at circulating heated air rising up to the ceiling, which leaves more heat circulating up at the ceilings but causing staff below to feel cold. This heating system only increases the costs of heating and does not circulate air evenly. The other advantage is that companies will save money from loss of work hours from staff caused by illnesses from under heated offices.

Business can also save money from underfloor heating, especially large buildings that need more radiators to heat the building quickly. This way there will be no need to spend out extra money on radiators and not worry about wasting heat energy. Heat will come from the floor so there will be no heat lost when it rises up in the building.

This type of heating is now more popular amongst new buildings without carpets and makes for an energy efficient system. The system is controlled to heat certain rooms only, and much like the radiator can be set to a timer. It also acts as a cooling system for the summer period where hot water is used to heat the rooms, cool water can be circulated into the system making it more comfortable than using air conditioning.

History

Historically heating from underneath the floors have been a useful devise since the Roman period. The Romans had begun using the hypocaust, which comprised of ducts built underneath the floor and flues, which were built into the wall. The hot air would circulate through system warming up the floors and walls and evenly distributing the heat in buildings. This was used by many wealthy people and the manual labour for keeping the hypocaust running would require twenty four hour maintenance.

In Korea the Ondol was another type of underfloor heating that was designed from the kitchen heating. The kitchen was the warmest part of the house, therefore a heating system was designed to circulate the heated air from the kitchen and distributed into different rooms. The term Ondol means hot stone, because of the hot stove in the kitchen.
About the Author
Anna Stenning is an expert on underfloor heating, having recently worked in an office that saved lots of money on this type of heating system. For more information visit http://www.floorheatingonline.com/
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