Underfloor heating works by distributing a lower temperature of warm water through a circuit of pipes beneath the finished floor. Heat is monitored and controlled by intelligent thermostats to maintain a consistent temperature throughout the property or individual zones. With water underfloor heating, warm water is pumped from the heat source (e.g. boiler) to the control pack where it is mixed to approx. 50ºC. The control pack is fitted to the manifold that connects to the UFH pipe circuits.
Pros & Cons of Water Underfloor Heating
- Energy Efficient Heating – UFH provides heating in a room from the floor up for consistent, efficient warmth. Warm water systems run hot water through pipes to create heat, whereas electric underfloor heating heats wiring beneath the floor to generate heat. Traditional radiators need to be heated to a high temperature (between 65-75 degrees Celsius) in order to heat up a room effectively, whereas floor heating only needs to run at a temperature of 29 degrees Celsius or less.
- Cheaper Running Costs – Unlike Electric Underfloor Heating, Water systems are undoubtedly more energy efficient and also much more reliable.
- Effortless to Run – A key benefit of underfloor heating is that once installed, the systems require almost no maintenance whatsoever and Warmup provide extensive warranties for all our products for total peace of mind.
- Installation – Water Underfloor Heating Systems are great however if you don’t want to dig up all of the floor in which you’d like it, the best thing to do is to get it fitted for new-build projects and larger spaces. We don’t recommend Water Underfloor Heating for single, small areas unless you are in position where you don’t have to dig up or remove any flooring, but we can come and put it in with ease.
- Initial Cost – As opposed to electric installation which is cheaper, wet systems do carry a higher installation cost because of the materials used, such as manifold, circulation pump and UFH pipes. The manifold is thought to be as large as a standard radiator however this quite simply isn’t the case as it’s a small unit which can be easily boxed in or hidden in a stair case cupboard.
Profoil insulation floor panels are of a unique design and provide many advantages over other insulation products when used with warm water underfloor heating systems.
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