Underfloor heating has become increasingly more popular in the UK because of its ability to provide an efficient and uniform heat. The radiant heat provided at floor level creates a large heated surface that dissipates heat evenly into the living space whereas a radiator will produce convection currents that rise to the highest part of the room, meaning that the majority of the heat is lost at ceiling height. Underfloor heating can create ideal comfort levels for the homeowner or occupier and is far more energy efficient due to the use of lower water temperatures in the heating system and less wasted heat. These energy savings combined with silent running and increased flexibility for room layouts gives a solution that will add real value to a property.
Underfloor heating can work with a variety of heat sources such as gas and oil fired boilers and is particularly suited to renewable technologies such as air and ground source heat pumps. It can also be installed to almost any floor type from concrete slab, timber joist and as a retro fit system over existing floors.
Key Benefits of Underfloor Heating over Traditional Heating
For the Installer
- Provides you with individual isolation of underfloor heating (UFH) loops if required. You are able to isolate parts of the system whilst the rest remains operational, reducing disruption for installation and maintenance.
- Each room is supplied by a continuous loop of flexible pipe, the only connections are at the flow and return on the manifold, eliminating all concealed intermediate joints that could potentially leak
- Ensures that you have good accessibility in the event of a problem – No concealed intermediate joints under floorboards or solid floors limits the points at which a leak could occur to the manifold, significantly reducing the time for fault finding.
For the Main Contractor / Developer
- Gives you peace of mind. Having fewer and easier to access joints reduces the risk of delays and call backs.
- Benefits health and safety on your project and cuts down the amount of hot works on site. Each room is supplied by a continuous loop of flexible pipe, the only connections are at the flow and return on the manifold.
For the Building Occupier / Owner
- Using an UFH system with zone control will enable you to tailor your heating to suit the building activities by allowing rooms to be controlled individually, preventing rooms being heated when unoccupied.
- The water in the UFH system will typically be between 35oC and 55oC compared with 65-75oC found in radiators, providing a more energy efficient solution, saving money on heating bills and CO2 emissions.
- Using an UFH system with continuous loops of pipe promotes the smooth flow of water around the system, minimising running noise and giving you a more comfortable environment.
- The radiant heat produced by UFH provides a very desirable environment by providing a more uniform heating across a room than radiators can.
- Increased flexibility around room layouts by not using radiators will allow you freedom when decorating and more usable space when planning furniture layouts.
- No need to paint radiators or struggle to decorate behind radiators.
- Gives you the flexibility of central and individual control – when maintenance and repair is required, rather than isolating a whole system the service engineer can isolate individual loops without the need to drain the entire system.
- In the unlikely event of a leak, you have the significant advantage of being able to isolate only the loop that has the leak, whilst continuing to use the rest of the system, until remedial work can be arranged.
- Your manifolds can be installed in a convenient location such as a riser or service cupboard for easy access meaning less disruption to the building occupiers and ease of repair/maintenance for engineers and contractors.
For the Specifier
- By specifying this system it allows you to add value to the project with improved comfort for the building occupier.
- Specifying a manifold system will allow your clients you to tailor their heating to suit the building activities by allowing rooms to be controlled individually.
- The water in the UFH system will typically be between 35oC and 55oC compared with 65-75oC found in radiators, providing a more energy efficient solution, saving money on heating bills for the client and reducing CO2 emissions for the environment.
- Innovative concept that will distinguish your project from other designers.