The benefits of a water-based underfloor heating system supersede those of a traditional central heating system. They are a popular choice in new-builds and for people renovating their home because they provide total design freedom by eliminating the requirement for bulky radiators in rooms.
What is an underfloor heating system?
In it’s simplest form an underfloor heating system is a network of pipes that are fitted beneath your floor. Hot water circulates through the pipes to regulate the temperature of the room. The temperature in each room, or zone, is controlled via programmers and smart controls that provide total control over your underfloor heating system. You can even alter the settings remotely via your mobile device when you’re not at home.
With advances in technology it isn’t always necessary to dig up old floors to install a new underfloor heating system. At Palace Plumbers we also install overlay systems that can be fitted over the top of existing floors.
What are the benefits of underfloor heating?
1. More space in your home
In smaller properties, especially those in London, space can be an issue. Imagine being able to have some extra cupboard space in your kitchen where that old radiator was.
2. Better design aesthetic
Perfect solution for larger properties, especially new-builds, where you want to achieve a modern and minimalistic design aesthetic. Imagine not having those cumbersome radiators dominating a room, being able to position your furniture anywhere to get that perfect balance.
3. No cold spots in rooms
Underfloor heating is a good choice because, as we all know, heat rises and warms the entire room because the underfloor heating system is evenly distributed across the entire surface of the floor. As heated water flows through the network of tubes or pipes the whole room is heated.
Radiators, on the other hand, heat a room via convection current which means that there are often both hot and cold spots within the same room.
4. Save money
Underfloor heating systems generally operate at a much lower temperature than traditional radiators to heat room. Because they are more energy efficient than traditional radiator based heating this means savings for you on your energy bills.
5. Eco friendly
Radiators typically operate at around 80℃ whereas underfloor heating is under 50℃, often lower. Using less energy to heat a room not only means lower bills but also goes a long way to helping save the planet by lowering your carbon footprint. Another great reason to choose underfloor heating over a traditional heating system for energy-conscious homeowners.
Types of underfloor heating
In the floor systems are the best choice for new-builds and renovation projects where the floor will be excavated.
Between the joists system will avoid adding any height to the floor and are best used in extensions and above the ground floors where joists are required.
Over the floor systems are a great choice when you are redecorating rather than renovating a house. This type of underfloor heating system can be laid over existing floors raising the height by only 18mm.
Underfloor heating system design
An underfloor heating system isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution.
Our design service considers all of these implications, and more, to give you the best possible underfloor heating system customised specifically for your home.
We ensure that every single room in your property has its own design as well as produce detailed schematics for every job. This emphasises tube, including the manifold locations, before we set foot on site so that we can install each system quickly and safely. We carefully consider all flow temperatures and spacing between tubes to reach the desired heat output of the system.
For smaller installations, for a single area such as a kitchen or any other room, that doesn’t usually require full system design we can often use off-the-shelf underfloor heating systems to reduce costs and speed up installation time.
How you control your system relies on careful zoning. This is something that will discuss during your home assessment where we will look at your existing central heating system so that we can give you a quotation. All of our quotes are carefully itemised so that you know exactly what you are paying for before any work takes place.
We’ll also provide professional advice on the types of floor coverings that are best for your system and can provide a number of suitable options and guidelines to ensure that response times and heat outputs are as expected.
At Palace Plumbers we only use high quality branded materials and components. Tubes, or pipes, are the most critical component of any underfloor heating system and we are sure that we only use top quality piping. It might cost a little at first, but its well worth the peace of mind as a leaking pipe can be a costly repair.
Get a free underfloor heating quote
Our underfloor heating installers have been working with and designing underfloor heating systems for many years. We’ve seen systems become better at calculating heat losses and performance has significantly improved over the years. Nowadays systems can guarantee 2180℃, even when it’s minus 380℃ outside.
Underfloor heating systems are a popular choice for many new-builds and renovations. Give us a call to arrange for your free ‘no-obligation’ quote. We’ll come along and assess the property and carry out a full assessment before providing you with a written quote – usually within 24 hours.
Whether you are a homeowner or property developer, we’ll make sure you receive the best possible underfloor heating system for your property.
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