Underfloor heating is an excellent solution for space heating, offering both comfort and cost benefits. However, underfloor heating can be expensive in some types of floors if the construction does not allow hydronic piping to be embedded in a slab or screed. For instance, hydronic underfloor heating may not always be practical in the upper floors where a timber joist structure is used.
But comfort can still be ensured by complementing underfloor heating with hydronic radiators. This combination delivers several benefits with the radiators offering many of the benefits of underfloor heating, often at a reduced installation cost.
Common heat source
A common heat energy source can be used for the two systems, saving costs: both hydronic underfloor heating systems and radiators are based on the circulation of hot water, which can be heated centrally. Devex Systems recommends a gas boiler as a cost-effective energy source rather than electric resistance heaters that have relatively higher running costs.
Underfloor heating is the most comfortable space heating option available, followed by radiators. Forced air heating, on the other hand, can cause turbulent airflow and temperature shifts, which can create discomfort for occupants, especially for people with allergies aggravated by the movement of dust. This heating option is also noisy, which can be very intrusive. Additionally, systems using forced convection often involve higher maintenance expenses due to the increased number of moving parts.
Durable and elegant
Standard radiators have a warranty period of 25 years and piping also comes with a 25-year warranty. Boilers have a lifespan of up to 10 years if serviced regularly.
Though completely modern and efficient in function, radiators have an elegant appearance with their antique looks, making them especially suitable for heritage homes.