Underfloor heating

This method of heating is becoming more and more popular, especially with the growth of renewable energy systems where underfloor heating provides many advantages over a traditional radiator system.

Underfloor heating is suitable for use under most types of floor covering

Underfloor heating using heat pumps

Heat pumps are ideal for providing the heat source for underfloor heating systems because they are more efficient when demand is low. The typical temperature of warm water circulating around a piped heating circuit is around 35°C. Heat pumps working at their optimum efficiency operate at around the same temperature.

A domestic boiler operates at around 70°C, the water is then blended down to 35°C for circulation around the system.

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Lower running costs

  • Ideally suited for use with heat pumps
  • Heat is distributed more evenly across the room
  • Creates more space because walls are kept clear of heating appliances
  • Low maintenance once installed
  • Room temperatures can be individually controlled
  • Silent running
  • Adds value to the property

Underfloor heating is suitable for use under most types of floor covering providing the manufacturer’s maximum temperature limits are observed.

Suitable floor materials include:

  • Carpet – tog value should not exceed 2.5 for the underlay and carpet
  • Stone and Ceramic tiles
  • Timber flooring
  • Laminate flooring

Other factors to consider are whether the floor underneath the system is well insulated and that the floor finish above the system is suitable to allow the heat to pass efficiently through the tile.

Floor construction

  • Screed
  • Timber suspended
  • Overlay
  • Floating

Our installation engineers will advise you about the benefits of each system and will advise you of the most suitable system for your requirements.

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