Silent – none of the irritating hums, rattles or whistles that are commonly associated with forced-air systems.
Invisible – no bulky or unsightly vents, you won’t even know it’s there.
Cheaper to run – evenly distributed, ambient heat means you can have the thermostat set at 2 – 4°C less than in a forced-air heating system, reducing your energy costs by 10 – 40%.
Cleaner – no air is blown through ducts, so particles of dust, pollens and germs are not being blown around your home. The radiant heat produced by the system reduces humidity and air circulation, meaning that there are fewer dust mites and allergens in the indoor air.
Healthier – radiant heat is a far gentler heat, so less likely to dry out your breathing passages and skin.
Comfort and Warm floors – Radiant heating heats the whole room, from the floor up. This gives you the luxurious comfort of warm floors, and the benefit of an invisible, inaudible and minimal maintenance heating system.
Tailored temperature control
Because Radiant Central Heating systems can be zoned room by room, everyone in the house can set their own levels of comfort, from the basement to the bedroom.
There are no air vents, no ducts, no exposed pipe work our systems give you complete freedom of design when building your new home.
No hot surfaces or sharp edges making the system child friendly.
But what makes the system efficient?
Radiant heat means the way underfloor heating provides heat. It has several benefits with the key being the way the heat is distributed. Underfloor heating heats a room evenly from the floor up and does not overheat the space, saving up to 40% on the average family’s annual heating bill.
Underfloor heating turns the entire floor surface into a radiant heater heating the lower half of the room, creating a comfortable overall room temperature. Whereas forced air systems distribute heat unevenly creating hot and cold spots in a room, underfloor heating provides even heat meaning that the system has to run for a shorter period of time, saving energy, to obtain the same level of comfort.
GOOD INSULATION ESSENTIAL
To fully benefit from the energy efficiency achieved with an underfloor heating system, it is important that insulation has been thought of. As with any system good insulation means low heat loss and that all heat produced is efficiently utilised to heat a room.
A THERMOSTAT PROMOTES ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Taking control of the heating settings and programming an underfloor heating system to heat a space only when desired is key in achieving an energy efficient heating system. By utilizing all the functionality of the thermostats available in the market today, you can save hundreds of dollars in your heating bills.
How much can you save?
Underfloor heating can save up to 40% on heating bills as it operates at a lower temperature. Additionally, there is less heat loss through “transfer pipes” and less over-heating of the room. The system provides even heat throughout the room and it is possible to have zoned control, i.e. heating on only when required (per zone) by a programmable stat per zone.
The explanation of the 40% saving is achieved through a combination of the above.
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WHAT ARE MY HEAT SOURCE OPTIONS?
The most efficient way of heating the water within the infloor tubing is through a high efficiency heat pump. Other methods are available including gas, electricity, diesel and solid fuel or solar panels with a back up. As part of the selection process, it’s important to consider the ongoing running costs as well as the cost of installation. Here’s a brief overview of options:
AIR TO WATER HEAT PUMPS:
This is a clean and efficient option as it is able to generate ideal low water temperatures at approximately 300% efficiency.
If available, this provides a high energy output at a low cost. The new European boilers are 99% efficient at low water temperature, but can also produce high temperature water for radiators and domestic hot water.
DIESEL AND SOLID FUEL:
These may be the preferred options for rural or specialist applications. They can also produce high temperature water for radiators and domestic hot water. Note: these systems require storage for fuel and plant.
This is the cheapest and most reliable option for either a small area or low usage dwelling. Capital cost is low and maintenance is low – which can sometimes outweigh the running cost (suited to a holiday home, weekend use). Of course you can use a combination of these systems, or allow for the ability to retrofit to a high efficiency system at a later date.