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Underfloor Heating is a beneficial eco-friendly heating solution that is more efficient and cheaper to run than other forms of heating such as radiators.
It can be difficult to understand what is best for you and what the right price to pay should be. This is where we can help. At Underfloor Heating 1 we aim to find the product to best suit your needs that is particular to your property and at a price you won’t find anywhere else.
Underfloor Heating 1 promise to beat any like for like quote. We always quote with a full itemised and quantified list of materials after obtaining the information specific to your property – not a generic quote-not all companies do this and beware any supplier that doesn’t! We only source products from the most reputable companies, such as Danfoss, Honeywell and Heatmiser. All of our products are from companies based in the UK or mainland Europe.
When using a heat pump to run underfloor heating we recommend that the underfloor heating pipe is laid at 100mm pipe spacing throughout the property. The main objective of having a heat pump is efficiency and installing the pipes at 100mm spacing maximises the efficiency.
Air source heat pump manufacturers’ efficiency data is 7c air temperature and 35C flow temperature. Ground source heat pumps are the same although it is ground temperature and not air temp in the data and this flow temperature is generally only achieved with the pipes at 100mm pipe spacing. The COP (coefficient of performance – how efficient a heat pump is of converting electric into heat) of a heatpump is from these figures and installing the pipes at 200mm spacing would seriously reduce the COP.
If you have received a quote that appears to be cheaper than an UFH1 quote it could have significantly less equipment or equipment of lower quality than ours – for example another company specifying pipe 300mm spacing where we might put 200mm spacing, digital or dial thermostats etc., etc and we would either re-quote to match or point out where the differences are.
We always specify our equipment with a full itemised list to do the job properly without cutting corners or quoting with vague equipment lists and usually find that ‘cheaper’ quotations fall short on equipment and/or quality and invariably the customer ends up having to fork out later for items “......that weren’t included”
Underfloor heating could hardly be described as a new concept when the original concept can be traced back to the Neolithic period.
The inhabitants dug trenches under their floors and used the smoke to heat the floor stones, a method that is unlikely to get past today’s building regulations.
This original idea however has evolved into the two main systems used in present times, which use fluid filled pipes or electrical cables and mats.