Buildings with UnderFloor Heating : Why Interior Decorators Consider Them Ideal Projects

When taking on interior decorating jobs for posh commercial spaces, most interior decorators find it easier to work on spaces with an underfloor heating system. In Amsterdam, where temperatures are often low, and with summers that can bring only 6 to 7 hours of daily sunshine, an underfloor heating system is no longer a fad, but already a requirement of the Dutch government.

Actually what most decorators really don’t like about indoor spaces not outfitted with the more modern heating, ventilating, and airconditioning technology (HVAC) is that everything inside the area can be cold to the touch. Although radiators can supplement the wall heat provisions, it isn’t considered a sustainable and energy efficient heating device. Besides, dampness resulting from condensations can be a cause for additional problems like moulds and corrosion.

Choosing suitable materials for furniture, decors and accessories can be problematic in living spaces without underfloor heating systems. Dampness and its impact on organic materials like paper, cotton or leather can lead to mould growth. Although metal frames, metalworks and mixed metal-iron decors are not susceptible to the effects of moulds, dampness of surroundings can omstead cause rusting and metal corrosion.

One other thing to consider in spaces that rely on radiator heating is the tendency of temperatures to drop drastically from high to low temperature. Here, a decorator must consider the so-called “unstable materials” because they contain substances that have high sensitivity to heat. Some examples of these substances include PVC, thermochromic paints, polyethylene and polypropylene coating.

Moreover, dramatic drops in room temperature can cause the moisture carried by the air to condense on surfaces. The resulting damp condition produced by humidity also acts as another agent of material deterioration.

Why UFHs are Better than Radiators

Underfloor heating or UFH and the heat pump that serves as air and heat sources have made the use of standard radiators, disadvantageous in Amsterdam.

While it’s possible for a radiator to regulate and control the flow of heat by harnessing heat pump technology, the setup isn’t practical as it will require considerable amounts of energy. A regular UFH and heat pump combo is already 40 percent more efficient than a radiator. Moreover, it requires less pipework in distributing the flow of heat from the heat pump’s manifold to the UFH-supported spaces.

Actually, Dutch interior decorators find the best in underfloor heating or vloerverwarming amsterdam buildings and houses used for indoor spaces. That being the case, Dutch interior decorators and designers have a wider range of aesthetic options to incorporate in industrialist concepts. The latter being the most popular interior design style in Holland.