As temperatures fall to new lows in winter and rise to new heights in summer, energy consumption via heating and cooling has become a pressing concern in Australia. Making up 40 percent of the average Australian household’s energy consumption, heating and cooling far outweighs any other energy need, which casts a spotlight on the need for alternate and more efficient heating and cooling methods. Thankfully, thanks to advances in technology and innovations in the way these technologies are implemented, hydronic in- or under-floor heating has become an increasingly popular method of cost-effective and environmentally-friendly heating and cooling for both residential and commercial projects.

Underfloor heating experts Comfort Heat have released a new whitepaper on heat pump technology. Heat pump technology for underfloor heating examines the various considerations around heat pumps for underfloor heating.

The whitepaper discusses the efficiency, cost benefits, and environmental impact of using heat pump technology over conventional heating and cooling methods such as gas or wood pellet fired boilers. In doing so, the paper contrasts the two methods, casting into relief the benefits of heat pump technology over gas or wood pellet fired boilers, despite figures that may initially appear to favour boiler technology.

Continuing on, the paper goes into detail on the two main types of heat pump technology, geothermal heat pumps and air-to-water heat pumps. Where air-to-water draws heat from the air and transfers it to a circulating water system beneath the floor, geothermal heat pumps draw directly from the earth. Both have their benefits and drawbacks, which are discussed extensively.

The whitepaper is free to download and is a crucial read for architects and specifiers engaging in residential or commercial projects in areas subject to extreme weather fluctuations as seasons change.

For more information on heat pump technology and to see how Comfort Heat is positioned to bring this innovative technology to the market, read Heat pump technology for underfloor heating.