If we take thermal efficiency and costs into account, underfloor heating can be the best solution for those who want increased comfort in their homes. However, because not many know the advantages of this way of heating, all kinds of myths have appeared around this subject, some of which are far from the truth.
These are the most well-known myths regarding underfloor heating:
1. Underfloor heating is more expensive than radiator heating.
Although the price of installing an underfloor heating system is about 30% higher than traditional radiators, the investment pays for itself in a relatively short time. Considering that an underfloor heating system is more thermally efficient and easier to maintain, it is impossible for the monthly bills to be higher compared to a classic heating system.
2. A house with underfloor heating never heats up.
It is true that an underfloor heating system does not produce as much heat as radiators, but it certainly creates a pleasant ambient environment. The system distributes the heat evenly over the entire surface of the floor, so the room temperature can even reach 25 ℃.
3. Technically speaking, underfloor heating is an electric heating system.
The floor system runs on electricity, but the hydraulic system runs on hot water and central heating. There is also the option to connect the underfloor heating system to a heat pump. Heat pumps require little or no electricity as they rely mainly on renewable energy. As underfloor heating operates at a fairly low constant temperature, the option of adding a heat pump to your underfloor heating system is an ideal option.
4. Underfloor heating systems take more time to warm up the living space, so the temperature remains not constant.
While electric underfloor heating operates almost as quickly as a radiator, the hydraulic system works a bit slower. But that doesn’t mean you have to endure low temperatures.
It is essential to understand how to configure the system to best fit your lifestyle and maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. For example, if you have a hydraulic system, you can adjust the settings to ensure that the room temperature decreases by a maximum of 3 ℃ during the night.
5. Underfloor heating is unhealthy.
Underfloor heating prevents the circulation of dust particles that can lead to allergies or illnesses. Homeowners can also benefit from better humidity and a healthier environment, free of mites and mold, which is especially helpful for those with allergies or respiratory issues. Therefore, underfloor heating not only does not harm health but is even recommended for sensitive individuals.