Many new-build or home renovation and extension projects install a wet under-floor heating system to the ground floor, often heated via an air source heat pump. This system provides a very comfortable and cost effective form of heating for both the areas where it is installed and for domestic hot water.
The second floor can be trickier and often for construction reasons the wet under-floor heating system is not extended here. In these circumstances generally a traditional wet radiator system and boiler is installed. This is more expensive than other alternatives (both in terms of capital outlay and day to day running costs). The style of heat provided by a traditional radiator heating system also means mixing radiant heat from the UFH and convection heat from the wet radiator system. Not ideal.
A better alternative than a traditional radiator system for the areas not heated by the UFH is an electric infrared heating system. There are a number practical and comfort reasons for this:
- Installation – no need for pipework, no need for a boiler, not need for water. Installation is quick and simple and cheaper.
- Running costs – an electric infrared heating system is generally cheaper than the majority of traditional water based heating system. Click here to view a cost comparison of using Funkyheat infrared heating against cost of gas or electrical.
- Interior Design – Infrared heater are best installed at either picture height or ceiling mounted (an invisible). For the wall mounted heaters we produce a range of Venetian glass infrared heater, in various shapes and colours and as a high quality mirror. It’s even possible to manufacture with a bespoke image of your choice. There’s no need to take up the wall space that a traditional radiator does, meaning you can have more flexibility with interior design and improve the flow of the spaces.
- No need to extend an existing heating system – for an extension or a conversion it can often be problematic to extend and existing heating system for various reasons. Installing a standalone, highly efficient heating systems makes a lot more sense in such circumstances.
All well and good, but what actually is infrared heating? Convection heat works by heating the air, cold air sinks and hot air rises creating a convection air circulation. This can create a stuffy atmosphere, an uneven temperature (floor to ceiling), stir up dust and create condensation. Condensation can be caused by warm air touching cold surfaces, which will in turn lead to black spot condensation.
Infrared works back to front, it heats objects and people first, storing heat in the structure of the space and heating the air second. This means that heat is better retained in spaces (not immediately lost via drafts or open doors) and the condensation is minimized since warm air will not touch cold surfaces.
Who are Funkyheat?
FunkyHeat is the future of style led heating with energy efficiency built in. Not only do our Award Winning heaters look great but they are also very smart in the way that they work. Creating a great look for any room, keeping you warm when you need to and saving energy when the world needs that more than ever.
We manufacture in Italy and our high quality infrared heaters have been born from a desire to combine exceptional aesthetics and design with an economical way to heat space. Our infrared heaters were conceived and created from a significant experience in both heating and interior design and combine the best existing technologies with modern design trends.
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