The very nature of underfloor heating makes it efficient. An underfloor heating pipe system heats the entire room, providing comfortable warmth throughout, whereas a radiator is placed in one area of a room. Consequently, radiators need to run at a much higher temperature if they are to be effective, meaning they use a lot more energy.
Nevertheless, there are some ways you can get the most energy efficiency from your underfloor heating system. Utility bills seem to be rising by the month and we all want to make sure we lower them as much as possible. Here are some tips to help you do so…
Invest in a programmable thermostat
A typical room thermostat will operate by sensing the air temperature and so it will switch on the heating when the temperature reaches below a certain point. A programmable thermostat also has this feature, however, it also gives you the ability to preselect the times you want the heating to be operating when the temperature reaches the point you have chosen. You can set on and off periods to suit your own requirements. This ensures you do not waste any energy.
Know when to heat your home
A lot of people waste energy because they have their heating turned on when it is not necessary. One of the great things about underfloor heating is the fact that the warmth lingers once you have turned the heating off. So, don’t switch your heating off the minute you’re about to leave your home, do so about 20 minutes beforehand. You should also set your timer so that the heating turns on about 45 minutes before you wake in the morning. You can then turn the heating off once you wake up, as your home will be warm and comfortable.
Consider changing your floor
There are some floor types that don’t work as well with underfloor heating, because they make it difficult for the heat to travel through the floor. They essentially put a barrier in the way. Take a thick carpet or vinyl as prime examples. Instead, opt for a lighter carpet, or consider switching to stone, wood or ceramic tiles. Of course, this requires an initial investment but you will reap the rewards in the long run.
Talk to your underfloor heating contractors
Don’t be afraid to ask your underfloor heating installers. No one knows your heating system better than they do. This site is a good place to start if you need some professional advice. They will be able to provide you with some good tips and may even have products available to help you be more efficient.
If you follow the tips that have been provided above, you should have no trouble running your underfloor heating system as efficiently as possible throughout the cold, winter months!