Utilising Radiators with Underfloor Heating

Utilising Radiators with Underfloor Heating

Utilising Radiators with Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating is unmatched for space heating in terms of both comfort and cost of operation. The only significant limitation of underfloor heating is that it can be expensive in some types of floors if the construction does not allow the hydronic piping to be embedded in a slab or screed.

This is why hydronic underfloor heating may not always be practical in upper floors where this is often a timber joist structure. However, heating these areas can be complemented effectively with hydronic radiators, which offer many of the benefits of underfloor heating, often with a reduced installation cost.

Radiators and Underfloor Heating Can Utilise the Same Heat Source

The main advantage of using hydronic underfloor heating with radiators is that a common heat energy source can be used for both systems; after all, both are based on the circulation of hot water which can be heated centrally.

With the combination of underfloor heating and radiators, one energy source is often the practical solution for the whole system. In most scenarios, this is best completed using a gas boiler. Electric resistance heaters are less attractive because of their relatively high running costs.

The Combination of Radiators with Underfloor Heating Enhances Comfort

Underfloor heating is the most comfortable space heating option available, but when floor construction is difficult, radiators are the next best option. Forced air heating, which is a common alternative, results in turbulent airflow and temperature shifts, both of which can create discomfort for occupants, especially for people with allergies aggravated by movement of dust.

Forced air heating can also be noisy, which could be an issue when occupants are sleeping or doing an activity that requires concentration. Systems that use forced convection often involve higher maintenance expenses due to the increased number of moving parts.

Additional Advantages of Radiators:  Durability and Appearance

Standard radiators have a warranty period of 25 years and our piping comes with a 25 year warranty. Boilers have a lifespan of up to 10 years if serviced regularly.

Another advantage of radiators is that many models have an antique appearance and look elegant in heritage homes, so a heating system does not have to look modern to be efficient.