When one considers underfloor heating, the first thought that springs to mind is that of advancing technology. However, the concept of underfloor heaters is not a new one and was introduced several centuries ago by the Romans. As a construction during the Bronze Age, Romans would pass warm air heated by a central fire under the voids in their dwellings ultimately heating the complete structure in time. This article will provide information on the difference between the 20th-century underfloor heaters and traditional radiators.
1. The Type Of Technology
When comparing the technologies used for traditional radiators to that of underfloor heating, it can be seen that underfloor heaters are slightly advanced. Traditional radiators utilize a device that first creates an air current with the heat before directing the heat from the radiator to the ceiling and then to the floor. This will result in the upper part of the room sensing warmth, but the lower part continuing to feel cold.
The underfloor heater, however, releases air from the floor aimed directly at the ceiling; thereby eliminating any cold spots throughout the room. Needless to say, if given any option one would choose the second device to avoid any cold toes.
2. Levels Of Energy Efficiency
When speaking in terms of energy consumed, it can be said that the underfloor heater is more energy efficient than traditional radiators. The reason for this conclusion is that underfloor heaters use electric cables accompanied with temperature control features. So, while the temperature dispersed may seem more and could give the assumption of increased energy consumption, it is controlled.
A traditional radiator, however, may not present with as great an installation cost but it is far more costly regarding energy consumption. Due to the fact that there is no temperature control feature, there is no ability to limit the amount of electricity being used for traditional radiators.
3. The Level Of Hygiene
When speaking in terms of hygiene, this article is referring to the effects of the heating device on the health of the resident or user. Traditional radiators are disadvantageous with regards to hygiene as they circulate the dust within the room, which is particularly detrimental for people with asthma. The underfloor heating maintains a low moisture content reducing dust mites and is more environmentally-friendly for people with respiratory ailments.
In a nutshell, the underfloor heater is by far superior to the traditional radiator presenting with several benefits.