General facts on radiant heating and cooling
Thermal comfort can be described as the point at which the human body feels at ease and comfortable with the surrounding environment. There are many factors that influence the way people feel the temperature, such as direct sunshine, humidity, draught and how evenly the temperature is distributed. With radiant heating/cooling the feeling of thermal comfort can be increased, as the temperature is stable and there is no draught. It is also a method that satisfies other senses, too. It is completely invisible and very silent.
Uponor belongs to the innovators in radiant heating/cooling and offers solutions both with all-plastic and with composite multi-layer pipes that add living comfort and also the value of the house itself. Our offering also includes heat pumps and systems specially designed for renovation.
The first installations of underfloor heating with water-circulated PEX pipes were made in the 1970s. The heating circulates warm water through flexible and durable PEX pipes installed underneath the floor. This turns almost any type of floor into a large and gentle radiator.
The same technology has been adapted also to cooling. The latest innovation for large buildings is to embed water-carrying tubing in thermally activated concrete slabs. The system uses the concrete mass to store the heat/cool and thereby reduces the peak load and transfers some of that load to outside the period of occupancy (e.g. night time in office buildings).
Features and Benefits of Underfloor Heating and Cooling
Every square metre of your home can be fully utilised. You can design your home to suit you rather than your heating engineer.
Healthy indoor environment. There will be less dust and the hygienic environment will be improved, helping to reduce house dust mites.
Freedom for interior design. You can furnish as you like, no radiators to determine how the furniture should be placed.
Cleaning of the floors is easier and wet floors dry very quickly.
Radiant heat will provide the highest comfort levels. Uponor Underfloor Heating is considered by some to be a luxury; the actual cost, however, is very competitive.
Compared to radiator systems, there is no noise.
Saves energy and running costs. Energy saving from 15-40% can be achieved with underfloor heating.
Ease of control:
Small temperature difference between the floors means the system is practically self regulating.
As Uponor is a pipe manufacturer, not just a specialist underfloor heating company, our price may be very similar to a radiator system.
The installation is fast and simple, when using Uponor Underfloor Heating System.
It is possible to use different heat sources – the water in the pipes can be heated by using oil burners, gas burners, solar energy, electricity etc.
Uponor Underfloor Heating is hiding under many floors, whatever the type.
Our systems can be installed in many different types of floor construction and - surfaces. Public baths and indoor swimming pools, warm floors for bare feet. Wet floor areas also dry quickly. Buildings with high ceilings and large floor surfaces are ideal for Uponor Underfloor Heating. It reduces heating cost and increases comfort. The air convection is lower, and the heating is where the action is – not above head height.