In this article we have written out the pros and cons of underfloor heating for you. When you are considering using underfloor heating in your home, it is good to inform yourself well about the possibilities. Underfloor heating brings many benefits, but there are also some limitations. In this overview, you can see all the ins and outs of underfloor heating, so that you can take the right decision.
The benefits of underfloor heating
Underfloor heating is not only pleasant, but also energy efficient and environmentally friendly. In this article we limit ourselves to water-based underfloor heating.
Underfloor heating is good for your wallet and the environment as it is very effective and energy efficient. It can reduce your heating costs by up to 20%. This is because the floor surface can be heated with a lower temperature as it is much larger than the rediant surface of radiators. In addition to that, the temperature is emitted in a much more even way, benefitting the energy consumption. High efficiency condensing boilers achieve their intended performance only if the flow temperature of the heating is not above a temperature of ca. 55 ℃. The positive effect of these boilers is therefore largely offset by traditional radiators.
Another important benefit of underfloor heating is that the air quality in the area improves. Because the air circulation is minimal by this heating method, there is also much less dust in the air. Which translates into a better air quality. For that reason underfloor heating is also very popular with people that suffer from asthma and COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
Because of the fact that with an underfloor heating system, the heat is evenly distributed under the floor area, you feel a pleasant warmth at a lower temperature. This even heat distribution does not only make underfloor heating more efficient, but also more pleasant.
Underfloor heating is fully incorporated into the floor, making it is unvisible. So no ugly radiators that stick out of your walls and comptise your interior.
The absence of radiators makes the environment a lot more child-friendly. A child can not burn or hurt itself to a hard and sometimes sharp radiator.
The disadvantages of underfloor heating
In addition to the many benefits of underfloor heating, it also has its limitations. Please read the following points carefully and decide if they apply to you.
The heating-up time of underfloor heating is longer than that of radiators. This can be detrimental if you often have an irregular daily schedule and only turn on the heating when you get home.
Not always usable as main heating
When your home is poorly insulated or consists of very high areas, it is not always possible to use underfloor heating as main heating and an additional heat source will be needed. When an additional heat source such as a radiator is necessary to warm up the space, we speak of extra heating. For underfloor heating to work optimally you need 40% of your floor space free.
The installation of underfloor heating Aberdeen can be more expensive than traditional heating with radiators. More material is needed and also the installation takes a lot of time. On the other hand, underfloor heating is more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly, making that you recoup this price difference in number of years.
Restrictions in floor finish
Underfloor heating is not suitable for each floorcovering or finish. Underfloor heating is not recommended for painted floors and when using laminate and wood tthere are some complications.
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Bringing Nature Indoors
In the agrarian days of the pre-industrial world, just about everyone worked outdoors. We’ve come a long way since then. Today, the majority of people work indoors in an office environment. Although this has its advantages — protection from the elements, comfort, etc. — it has the side effect of leaving most people somewhat disconnected from the natural world. By spending so much time in a climate-controlled indoor environment surrounded by artificial lighting and recycled air, the amount of time most people spend in the fresh air and sunshine is minimal.
That might not seem like a problem to many people, but the truth is that keeping a connection to nature can be highly beneficial. Human beings aren’t machines — we need to maintain at least a small connection to nature in order to feel our best.
Research has shown that offices featuring more connections to nature had a more positive impact on workers’ well-being than offices without those connections to nature. For property owners or employers interested in creating a more hospitable office environment, adding a touch of the outdoors can be a highly effective way to do so. Workers who feel more comfortable and happier at work also tend to be more productive, so a hint of nature indoors can be a great way to boost productivity in an unobtrusive way.
The benefits of connecting an indoor office space to nature are numerous. From small decorating choices to major landscaping projects, there are plenty of ways that offices can be brought closer to nature.
For example, simply choosing a color scheme for the office that reflects natural elements such as earth tones and greens can help create a subtle connection to nature. Many offices choose to add a natural touch by using indoor planters, where plants and trees can bring some life to indoor spaces. A living green wall made of hanging plants can introduce some natural touches to a lobby or meeting room. A water feature such as a fountain or waterfall brings a literal splash of nature into the office, along with its calming visual effect and soothing soundscape.
Some of the methods offices can use to bring nature indoors also have the bonus of making the office more energy efficient. For example, lowering cubicle walls and using glass partitions permits more natural daylight, which not only improves an office’s connection to nature but also reduces the amount of energy used for artificial lighting. LED lighting is more natural-feeling and energy efficient than harsh fluorescent lights.
Creating a stronger connection to nature within an office environment is a great way to improve the atmosphere of the workplace as well as boost workers’ productivity by making them feel better and more relaxed. The accompanying checklist contains numerous suggestions for bringing nature indoors, so review it and find some ideas you can use in your workplace.
Michael Burnett is the Vice President–Sales and Marketing for Midwest Tropical. Midwest Tropical creates indoor waterfalls, water walls, bubble walls, fountains, rain curtains, and other water features in their advanced design and manufacturing facility near Chicago, Illinois –allowing for complete customization in order to design and build the highest quality water features in the world.