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Underfloor Heating with a Ground or Air Source Heat Pump

by Damien Wilkinson
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.
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Comparing Quotes

by Damien Wilkinson
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”
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What is the average cost of underfloor heating?

by Damien Wilkinson
The cost of underfloor heating depends on the size of the installation and the individual conditions in your home. The cost of installing underfloor heating in your home depends on your answers to several questions. Do you have the necessary skills to install the system yourself, or will you require professional installation? How big is the area where the heating system will be installed? What type of system will be installed? Wet underfloor heating systems, in which hot water produced by your boiler is pumped through pipes laid beneath the floor, are often more expensive to install than dry underfloor heating systems, in which electric wires supply the heat. However, wet systems are more efficient and therefore have lower running costs.
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Can I have underfloor heating if I have carpet?

by Damien Wilkinson
Underfloor heating can be fitted underneath carpeted floors, but there are some factors that you need to take into consideration to work out whether underfloor heating is a good choice if you have carpet. If your carpet is too thick and insulating, you won’t feel the benefit of the underfloor heating because the heat will not be able to penetrate through into the room. Instead, the heat will be trapped beneath the carpet where it could cause overheating.
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Can I have underfloor heating if I have a wood floor?

by Damien Wilkinson
Wooden floors have enjoyed a boom in popularity in recent years, with more home owners than ever recognising the advantages of a floor that is easy to clean,durable and attractive. If you are considering installing a heating system underneathyour wooden floor, there are some factors that you should take into account beforeyou go ahead with the installation. Wood is an insulator, which means that it slows down the transmission of heat produced by the underfloor heating system, reducing the system’s efficiency. However, wood is less insulating than other flooring types such as carpet. The heat transmission characteristics of the wood can also be beneficial in that wood holds onto heat for a long time after the underfloor heating system is turned off, which means that the room will be kept warmer for longer by the underfloor heating system. The floor will feel pleasantly warm but not hot underfoot.
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I have a one room set-up, which kit should I go for?

by Damien Wilkinson
Firstly you need to determine the size of the area to be heated and what pipe centres you need to install at – this will be determined by the heat source, the room type and possibly the floor covering. In Conservatories, wet rooms and areas with large glazed parts we recommend installing the pipes at 100mm spacing to compensate for the higher heat loss. If using an air or ground source heat pump, the pipes should be at 100mm regardless of the room type. A boiler based system in a standard solid construction room would usually have pipe installed at 200mm spacing.
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Underfloor Heating Explained

by Damien Wilkinson
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.
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Product Warranties

by Damien Wilkinson
Our products are manufactured in Europe and meet the highest possible accreditations in underfloor heating. We offer industry leading warranties based on the following: 50 year pipe warranty 10 year manifold warranty 2 year pump warranty
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