Underfloor Heating is said to have been inspired by the ‘hypocaust’ used in early Roman construction. The Hypercaust which derives its meaning from the Greek words ‘hypo’ (under) and ‘caust’ (burnt), is documented to be the earliest form of underfloor heating. It’s said that hot air from furnaces were used to hear the floors from below. The ancient Roman baths and buildings were typically built with empty spaces beneath the floor to facilitate the movement of hot air from burning furnaces to heat the floors above
A closer version of the modern day underfloor heating system was the electrical heating system that came into vogue in the 1960s. Electric resistant cables inlaid in concrete were used to heat the floors during the off peak hours at night, when electricity was cheaper. This system didn’t gain much popularity as it presented technical glitches and was expensive to run.
With the latest technological advancements and the availability of set controls the user can control the heating levels as appropriate. As well as this, a more efficient underfloor heating system has evolved to maximise space and with the growing potential of integrating solar technology to the underfloor heating systems and with newer avenues opening up for selling back to the grid through feed in tariffs. The underfloor heating graph could well be on the rise in terms of energy efficiency as well as economy.
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