The radiant nature of underfloor heating leads to some further advantages too, namely it’s effect on dust mites. These mites can be found in even the cleanest homes, yet they’re known to cause symptoms for people suffering with allergies or asthma. The convection process caused by traditional radiators acts to spread mites and other allergens across the room as they’re carried by the warm air: explaining why some people’s allergies are triggered by turning on the heating. Underfloor heating avoids these convection currents as the heat is rising equally from all areas of the room.
For homes with young children, an additional consideration of radiators is the potential for harm which arises from having hot surfaces in every room – not helped by their height above the ground.
The temperatures required for different heating methods directly affects the amount of energy needed to keep your home warm. Radiators typically operate at a high temperature of between 65 – 75 degrees Celsius, whereas underfloor heating reaches a maximum of 29 degrees, with many systems operating colder due to flooring. These lower temperatures have a knock-on effect with your heating bills, with underfloor heating being up to 25% more efficient than radiators. Combined with heat pumps, the system can reach 40% more effective – to learn more about how these work, read our article on heat pumps and how they work.