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Saving Money On Energy Efficient Heating

Aug 5, 2008
Keeping your house can be a problem as many houses have radiant heating, which is proven not to be energy efficient and a problem for space usage. Many would not think twice about having a radiator in the home, as this is the norm for people in the UK. There have been a growing number of alternatives that have seen a more beneficial and energy efficient way of heating up the home. One of these methods that have proven successful, and one of the oldest forms of warming up the home, is underfloor heating.

Heating underfloor has been a method of use since the Roman period, with some of the first known heating systems used by the rich and wealthy. These comprised of emanating heat from a hypocaust. This was maintained manually, and required round the clock supervision, therefore it was an extremely labour intensive task to keep homes warm. This comprised of ducts along the floor and flues up the wall that allowed heat and steam through, warming up different rooms in the abode.

Underfloor heating was also used in Ancient Korea was known then as the Ondol system. This worked differently from the Roman hypocaust system, as the heat travelled from the kitchen area and distributed around the room under the floor through flumes. Many people in Korea would enter into their homes with bare feet; therefore, it was important to keep the floors warm. As a traditional sign of respect, the elders were always seated at the warmer areas of the floor, as the heat was not always evenly distributed.

Now, the underfloor heating system has seen a major transition from the previous hypocaust system. This has incorporated the idea of heated water running through the pipes under the floor, or using electric heating system to keep the floor warm. This helps circulate heat, as heat rises and distributes even on the lower body, rather than being trapped up onto the ceiling and warm the upper body. This can cause tiredness, headaches and often dehydration.

Using the heating system underfloor helps to prevent heat being trapped and reduces the amount of heat escaping. This means that it is much more energy efficient, cost effective and keeps the house warm for a longer period of time. This also doubles up as a cooling device for the summer time, if you are using water based underfloor heating system, by running cold water through the pipes. This is evenly distributed and warms up each room in the house.

The downside to purchasing this kind of heating system is that it can be expensive to install into an existing home, which will require the floors to be taken apart for the pipes to be installed. Furthermore, if your home is poorly insulated the new heating system may not work as effectively as it would in a well-insulated house. Some electric heating systems maybe more expensive and they may not be good for wooden or carpeted flooring. However, there are some systems which have been designed to adjust with carpeted flooring and prevent warping of furniture.

The up side to this kind of heating is that there will a considerable amount of money saved, more energy efficiency and there will be more free space in the flooring area. These can easily be integrated to the hot water and cold water system, with the temperature being adjusted manually.
About the Author
Anna Stenning has recently installed underfloor heating in her home and believes that this is the most efficient way of saving money and energy.
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