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It's all flats where I live, mate.

I looked up "heat pump" on wikipedia, and found this:

Note that when there is a wide temperature differential, i.e. when heating a house on a very cold winter day, it takes more work to move heat indoors, and it is possible that a heat pump's COP would be below 1 in such a case. In other words, when it's extremely cold outside, it's better to just make new heat indoors using a conventional heater, than to try to take it from outdoors using an air-sourced heat pump.

My ignorance on such topics is, well, now stated, but living where it can get cold for more than a couple of months every year, and where we heat a flat with radiators, which have their water heated by gas, which has gone up in price by 25% in a year, I like the concept of underfloor electric heating.

A search on google for "electric underfloor heating" brought up a load of businesses (so my non-investment investment has already been made by others.)  I clicked on a link, found a Q & A, and read this, relating to bathroom underfloor heating:


Isn't it expensive to run ?


The devimat® tile warming system only uses as much electricity as a standard light bulb per m². The on-off cycling effect of the floor temperature-sensing thermostat can reduce this by as much as 50%.

It seems a huge market (and as gas prices rise, an ever-cheaper heating resource) for people who live in flats, though maybe not an idea for people who live in detached properties.

I don't see the "rip off" aspect.

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Mon Jul 10th, 2006 at 07:55:36 AM EST
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