As temperatures fall to new lows in winter and rise to unprecedented peaks in summer, energy consumption via heating and cooling is a mounting concern in Australian climates. Heating and cooling costs make up 40% of the average Australian household’s energy consumption- far outstripping any other energy need. With heating and cooling also comprising anywhere between 40 and 60% of non-residential energy usage, it is clear that more efficient climate control measures than ducted air conditioning and other common methods need to be investigated.
Thanks to recent innovations and a growing number of options in the market, hydronic in- or under-floor heating has become an attractive cost-efficient and low energy solution for residential and commercial projects alike. Suitable for installation in-slab or on subfloors under various floor coverings including timber, hydronic systems can use heat pump technology to take advantage of convection, encouraging heat to rise up through a space instead of forcing it down. As an alternative to other heating and cooling systems, hydronic solutions utilising heat pump technology offer significant potential for zoned control: instead of automatically heating an entire floor of a building or a whole home, individual
rooms and spaces can be heated on an as-needed basis. The versatility of heat pump systems is bolstered by their ability to switch between heating and cooling as well as their easy integration with photovoltaic systems and battery banks, allowing energy to be purchased off-grid.
According to the Office Health & Safety Guidelines in New South Wales, room temperatures must be constant throughout winter. A business owner is required to make sure that the environment in which work is being carried out is at a comfortable temperature range for workers. If air temperature is too low, it can contribute to fatigue and cold related illnesses. Optimum comfort for sedentary or office work is between 20 to 26 degrees, depending on the time of the year.
Whether you’re a new homeowner who is building their dream home, or a building contractor who wants to add a little something to their repertoire to sweeten the deal, you should really consider floor heating when you build.
Want to know why? Here are a few reasons why floor heating is something you’ll want to build into a home.
Even, Ambient Heating
Floor heating is a great heating option for Sydney homes because it offers just the right amount of ambient, even heating in small or large areas. And because the climate in Sydney is quite moderate and never gets too cold, you may find underfloor heating to be the perfect heating solution.
Floor heating, whether electric heating or hydronic heating, will provide your home with safe, invisible radiant heat that is even, without noise and without dust. This is a gentle heating option that will create the optimal interior environment that is most favourable to human thermal comfort.
More Energy Efficient
The way floor heating works is that it warms the surfaces (and then the air) in the room. Because the warm surfaces reduce the rate of heat loss from people in the room, it allows them to feel more comfortable in room temperatures that are actually a few degrees lower than other methods of heating. There is also less heat loss through the ceiling insulation, which may lower the cost of heating.
If you choose hydronic heating over electric, you’ll save even more money on energy for large floor areas. These systems reduce fuel usage compared to traditional heating methods while not compromising at all on comfort. You’ll not only save your wallet, but you’ll also lower your carbon footprint. Some customers even say that their energy bills have been reduced to a third.
A Quiet Heating System
One reason why people love these systems is that they can deliver heat without noise – there is no mechanical noise and no air or water noise, that come with some heating solutions
Out of Sight, But Not Out of Mind
If you’re building a new home, you might be considering some of the latest trends in minimalism and contemporary décor and architecture. Therefore, it would serve your new Sydney home well to have a heating system that is out of sight. By fitting the pipes or cables underneath the floors, you don’t have to compromise the look of your space or the placement of your furniture.
Whether you have carpet or timber floor, you can easily have heating mats installed underneath to create an elegant and comfortable heated environment.
Forced air heating spreads around dust and germs, whereas radiant floor heating circulates air almost imperceptibly. This is much better for people who suffer from allergies. In addition, if you have small children, you don’t have to worry about them sticking their small fingers in dangerous holes or on hot surfaces.
Interested in floor heating when building a new home in Sydney? Get in touch with Comfort Heat today.