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Underfloor Heating with Renewable Energy

Although underfloor heating uses less energy and heats more evenly than conventional central heating, it still relies on carbon energy sources. However, solar or geothermal energy are increasingly used to power water underfloor heating systems. They are ideally suited to this technique as it requires lower temperatures than traditional radiators. Electric underfloor heating cannot however be powered in this way.

Most renewable energy heating systems are installed in new homes and commercial buildings as the conversion of an old building is prohibitively expensive, as well as often being ineffective. They have been used for many years in the USA and across Europe. In the UK, solar panels are usually installed as an integral element of zero carbon or low energy construction techniques. Unlike solar energy, ground source energy does require electricity to run pumps, taking heat out of the ground. These geo exchange systems are mostly seen in large scale construction but are becoming increasingly viable for domestic buildings, and are usually combined with underfloor heating kits. The efficiency of these low energy buildings is further increased by the use of underfloor heating thermostats which allow every zone to be set with automatic temperature controls.

With the development of highly efficient new materials and techniques, low energy homes installed with underfloor heating are both economically viable and environmentally friendly. However, although running costs tend to be low, the initial installation costs are expensive. Make sure you are fully informed first and take advantage of any advice and renewable energy grants.

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