Guide to Underfloor water heating systems

The underfloor heating system is popular as it is one of the most efficient heat sources that require lower running temperatures to operate capably and the Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) is ideal for this system. It works on the principle of heat exchange, just like your normal refrigerator, and absorbs heat from the outside air which is then used for heating under floor systems in your home. The system works even when the outside temperature is as low as -15° C. An under floor heating system operates under the room’s floor which in turn heats up the room itself. The system generates temperatures of 40°C to 65°C. The actual floor temperature remains at an average of between 23°C and 32°C -  which is lower than your standard radiators.

Underfloor heating pipes are fitted under your flooring which are routed back to a central manifold which is connected to a boiler, heat pump or other source of hot water. There is typically one central system per floor. These evenly distribute heat to the relevant loops as and when required. In the case of wet underfloor heating systems, the heated water is circulated through these loops of pipes as shown. There are different installation options available to suit different floor constructions like stone, tile, wooden or even carpeted surfaces. Although the wet underfloor heating systems require more planning than their electric counterparts the final result is well worth it -  as the system comes with its own set of benefits and pays for itself within no time from the reduction in the energy costs. In your home, apart from the lower energy bills, the other main benefit is that the home heats up faster than with other systems. Since it is the floor that gets heated, heat is evenly distributed and the heat retention is better. Unlike the radiators that take up the wall space, the underfloor heating systems are concealed. Because the underfloor systems are concealed they are child friendly as compared to the other systems. The installation process is quick and easy and takes as little as three to days complete. Furthermore, these systems do not need much maintenance as compared to the other systems in the marketplace.
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