Underfloor Heating Systems
- Invisible – the system is hidden beneath the floor allowing flexibility in interior design.
- No more radiators and heaters on the walls, all heating devices are invisible for the inhabitants. You save place and have more options for placing the furniture and for indoor design
- Comfort – warm dry floors produce even, comfortable heat throughout every room.
- Maintenance free – no awkward or restrictive voids to paint behind.
- Healthy – Recent studies show that the circulation of air-born pollution’s is less, which is beneficial for children and adults suffering from asthma.
- This system is more economical, compared with conventional heating by radiators and stoves: you will reduce the expenditure for heating up to 30%.
- You may achieve personal thermal comfort for each room.
UNDERFLOOR HEATING INFORMATION
Whether your project is a new home, a commercial building or a recreational facility, Heat Pump Solutions design custom schematics for all underfloor heating jobs to ensure maximum efficiency and comfort levels are met within the build.
Underfloor heating is the most comfortable and unobtrusive heating system that can be installed in a home. Because the heat comes from beneath, the temperature at floor level is slightly higher than at head level creating the perfect environment of warmer feet and cooler head. The heat is spread evenly throughout the house eliminating the cold and hotspots associated with radiators.
Heat Pump Solutions design your system taking into account heat loss from doors, windows, walls, floors and ceilings. A low water temperature design allows you to get the highest efficiency from your system. The system can be used with all types of floor coverings including tiles, wooden floors, parquet and vinyl, although thick carpets should be avoided. Underfloor heating can also be fitted on joisted floors. There are various different methods of installing on joisted floors, which can be discussed with Heat Pump Solutions.
HOW IT WORKS?
Underfloor heating works by placing circuits of plastic pipe on a bed of insulation and covering them with a sand-cement (screed) mixture between 63 and 73mm thick. Warm water is then circulated through these pipes, which heats the screed acting as a heat store. The heat is then released slowly from the screed, which once heated can maintain its temperature for up to 6 hours, and heats the room evenly creating the perfect comfort zone where the upper part of the room is slightly cooler than the lower.
Some people express concern as to the reaction time of underfloor heating systems. In a properly designed system, this slow start up refers only to the initial heating of the screed, which would take about 3-4 hours to reach temperature. Once temperature is reached the screed temperature should be ‘topped up’ when the temperature drops. A heatpump would do this automatically. The screed should not be allowed to cool fully unless the system is being shut down.
There are many possibilities for controlling your underfloor heating system. The system can be fitted with thermostats in one or all zones in order to increase control-ability. These thermostats can be either analog or digital, incorporating time programs, set temperatures etc. We can also offer control systems that allow you to adjust the temperatures or switch on / off the system through the internet or simply from a tone dial phone. Alternatively if used with a heatpump, the heatpump can be used to control the system.