When it comes to underfloor heating, one thing many don’t realise is that these systems can provide superior underfloor cooling as well. Using the same installation methods and processes, hydronic cooling represents some of the best technology for more comfortable, cost-efficient, and energy-efficient properties. After all, with the system’s ability to both heat and cool a given space and maintain the perfect indoor temperature, there’s little left to say about its superior functionality.
With underfloor cooling options growing more popular for homeowners and property owners alike, our blog this week dives into how this phenomenal technology works. Keep reading to find out!
How does underfloor cooling it work?
Underfloor cooling systems works pretty much the same way its heating counterpart does. Here, radiant cooling is the principle underlying these hydronic systems.
It is said that the human body experiences the greatest level of well-being when at least 50% of heat output is regulated through radiation. Thus, the hydronic cooling network uses radiation to provide optimum thermal comfort through an environment that’s not too warm or too cold.
Radiation causes energy exchange between the cooling surface and individuals in the room, especially across large areas. In this regard, any kind of heat pump, whether air source or the geothermal variety, passes cool water through the underground pipe network. Some kind of heat pump is necessary, however, in order to unlock the system’s superior cooling capabilities.
The floor then becomes cooler than the air and absorbs radiant heat in the room, creating a cool environment for occupants inside.
Benefits of underfloor cooling systems
Given the cutting-edge technology employed by these systems, buyers have much to gain with hydronic cooling systems in their homes or commercial properties. These include:
Supreme internal comfort
Given the dual heating and cooling functions of the system in question, occupants can expect an internal environment that hits all the right spots. Neither too warm or too cold, property owners can expect to avoid traditional woes associated with most other home comfort technology.
A healthier indoor environment
Another perk of having a hydronic cooling system in a given property is the creation of a healthier living or working space. With the reduction of temperature in the room through radiant heating and cooling, air quality is not just increased but the air pollution and draught associated with air conditioners are set aside as well.
As draughts are eliminated, this reduces the chances of airborne diseases spreading and makes for a more comfortable environment for those suffering from respiratory conditions such as asthma.
Further, the lack of a physical device in an individual’s immediate environment also means that there’s no dust accumulation, making colds, coughs, and other common ailments less likely as well.
Unlimited design freedom
Given that the system’s pipes are buried underneath a property’s flooring, this means that there are no physical devices taking up any visible space. This allows architects, interior decorators or property owners themselves to make any number of changes to their space without hassle.
Maintaining aesthetic value across an entire property is thereby made possible.
A safer internal space
Another factor that makes underfloor cooling systems particularly appealing is that it creates a safer space, especially for children. Given that there are no sharp-edged radiators or similar devices within reach, parents no longer need to worry about any unfortunate accidents.
Low investment costs
Another point in favour of underfloor cooling is that it is surprisingly affordable, especially when coupled with the pipe network of a property’s hydronic heating system. Further, connecting these systems to a property’s heat pump also makes it that much more affordable, reducing electrical reliance significantly.
Regardless, the system’s standalone consumption is lower than traditional cooling systems, making it an appealing energy-efficient solution.
Underfloor cooling is an energy-efficient option for properties with underfloor heating systems and heat pumps.
With the ability to cool a home without any of the drawbacks associated with traditional cooling devices, this choice is fast becoming the number one option for many property owners.
Thus, for anyone after nothing but the best of heating, cooling, and cost-efficiency, there’s precious little to be desired with underfloor heating and cooling systems in place.