Under Floor Heating

What is under floor heating?
Warm water is circulated through a series of pipes laid in the floor at the time of construction. These pipes are of the highest standard and form a continuous loop between two central manifolds. Each room has its own circuit and is individually controlled putting the heat exactly where you want it.

Why choose under floor heating?
Because Under floor Heating runs at a lower temperature than radiators, around 45oC, you'll benefit from reduced running costs and higher efficiency. In fact you could see a 15-40% reduction in running costs! Couple this with a heat pump and you will be saving a great amount. Unlike radiators there are no high temperature surfaces or sharp edges which can cause injury. The low floor surface temperature (around 27°C) results in an extremely comfortable, luxurious environment that is completely safe.

Why is under floor heating better than a radiator system?
One of the main advantages for having under floor heating is that it eliminates the design drawbacks of radiators. Once they are fixed to the walls they cannot be moved, therefore limiting where you can place furniture around a room.

Is it economical to run?
Yes, users enjoy savings of up to 20% for domestic and as high as 50% for commercial. This is without the saving from drawing your heat from a heat pump.

How is it compatible with a heat pump?
Water based ufh uses water heated to a lower temperature than conventional water central heating (typically 50°C rather than 60°C plus), which makes it ideal for use with a high efficiency condensing boilers; the lower operating temperature also makes it more suitable for use with heat pumps or solar water heaters.

The water temperature to the heating pipe is controlled by mixing the water in the pipe with hot water from the boiler to achieve the required temperature, this is then passed to a manifold for distribution to the various zones. Normally an existing conventional boiler will suit ufh, however it may be necessary to fit a higher rated pump as the back pressure may be greater than in a conventional radiator type central heating system.

What is the likely Cost?
The type of heat pump selected will affect the installed cost. Air to air heat pumps are the cheapest to install as they do not rely on any external piping in the ground or elsewhere to be installed and connected to it . We can fully advise on the cost of your required system.

We offer a free no obligation site survey of your home or commercial property for more information call us on 0844 414 60 30.