Underfloor Heating fed by hot water from your Gas Boiler is a great way of heating your home or extension project. A network of heating pipes are run in either a concrete screed (solid floor), or onto timber suspended floors with overlay panels. Obviously, both concepts require insulation too, or much of the heat would be lost to the ground. The system recommended will often depend on how is your current floor constructed for retrofit projects.
Unlike radiator systems, heat tends to rise gently from the Underfloor Heating rather than in convection currents around the radiators, so it will normally feel warmer and more comfortable in the same room for the same heat input. However, it is important to carefully consider heat output in W/M2 and what your final floor covering will be as this can have a significant effect on heat output. Ask us for advice before you make important decisions. Underfloor heating works better at lower temperatures which can mean they are more efficient
Underfloor Heating will normally be arranged in zones allowing accurate control of specific areas of your home at different times of the day. This is important as it usually takes longer to heat up that radiator systems. Owing to the stored heat in the floor, the cool down period is much slower too. Timer periods for traditional programmers and thermostats would normally be set earlier and to go off earlier too. Some modern Smart Thermostats like Nest have the ability to calculate how long it will take to warm up and turn the heating on at the right time to warm up the room, given the weather conditions at the time. Nice.
Zone pipes are connected to a manifold usually that controls flow and heat through the floor. It is important to have an Installer who understands your requirements to correctly specify the controls and how they are setup. Otherwise you may be disappointed with the results.
Underfloor Heating takes a little more planning than just fitting radiators, so don’t forget to ask us to put a free estimate together early in the construction planning process, preferably when you are arranging Building Regulation drawings.
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