Solar underfloor heating
Solar panels have moved to the top of the renewable energy wish list, as people have started to take advantage of this free source.
And for those wanting to heat their homes in an environmentally friendly way, solar underfloor heating is available.
Solar heating is perfect for underfloor, as the temperature remains at a lower, more comfortable level throughout the day.
Solar underfloor heating is suitable for most domestic or commercial properties, and doesn’t give designers a headache. Unlike bulky radiators, the underfloor heat systems remain hidden from view.
Benefits of underfloor heating
Extra space in your rooms as there is no need for bulky radiators.
Increased comfort levels, with a longer lasting lower temperature of heat.
Reduced running costs, as you are utilising a free, renewable energy.
Is solar electricity suitable for my home?
Solar panels need to be installed on a roof or wall that is 90 degrees from south, in order to get the most out of the product. You also need to make sure that trees or other buildings will not overshadow the PV cells as they’ll be less effective in the shade.
You also need to ensure that your roof tiles are strong enough to support the project. Solar panels are not light, and tiles must be able to take their weight, especially if built on existing tiling.
Planning permission is generally not an issue with solar panelling as it’s not needed, providing the equipment is below a certain size. However, it’s always best to double check with a local planning officer, especially if the building if listed or in a conservation area.
How underfloor heating works
Underfloor heating is both simple and effective, making the most of this renewable energy source.
Solar panels installed onto the roof of a property heat fluid as it is pumped through from the holding tank.
The fluid then passes via a heat exchanger, and enters the thermal store. The underfloor system then uses this heat to warm the home.