Ceiling Heating

Ceiling heating involves thin, plastic laminated elements or 'foils' being positioned on top of ceiling lining. When the elements are turned on, they warm the plasterboard, which in turn radiates heat into the room below. This radiant heat warms the surfaces of the room such as floor coverings, furniture and the body.

Ceiling heating is not designed to heat the air directly, but it does occur naturally as a by-product as air moves past the warmed surfaces. The temperature of every room is controlled individually. This type of heating takes around 30-60 minutes to warm. However, increased surface temperature in the room can be detected in 15-20 minutes.

Importantly, even though hot air rises, heat does not. Radiant heat travels in the direction in which it is pointed, which is why foils are positioned in the roof with suitable rated batt insulation so it travels into the room below.

This means you can be comfortable at a lower temperature than if using a fan-forced system (18°C rather than the usual 21°C).

Pros

  • Safe, with no exposed or hot surfaces
  • Years of maintenance-free operation saves ongoing costs
  • Completely hidden system frees up all floor and wall space
  • Totally silent and draught free
  • No dust: great for allergy and asthma sufferers
  • Provides an even distribution of heat to every corner of the room
  • Programmable thermostat and timer options
  • Can run on Aurora Heating Discount

Cons

  • Can be tricky to install in older buildings without plasterboard ceilings
  • Not suitable for buildings with lath and plaster unless a false ceiling is created