Why install Wet Underfloor Heating?
There are several advantages that can be achieved by installing wet underfloor heating. Also known as water underfloor heating.
Removing radiators from a room give any budding interior decorator much more freedom. Now every wall is free to use for furniture, pictures etc. and you no longer have to worry about positioning furniture too close to radiators.
Wet Underfloor Heating Control Systems are easy to set up so that complete control over temperatures in different rooms at different times of the day.
For example, you may wish heat the bedrooms bathroom and kitchen in the morning but not use the lounge or dining room. By carefully setting up your system to suit your individual needs you can add to the efficiency and further reduce running costs.
What does a Wet Underfloor Heating System cost?
Water or Wet underfloor heating is on the whole more energy efficient than a standard radiator therefore, as a result, is less expensive to run. As heat is distributed in a more even fashion, the water temperature of the system can be much lower.
Of course, this will all depend on the size of your home, type of boiler and how energy efficient in general your home is.
What sort of build is suitable for a Wet Underfloor Heating System?
Water underfloor heating is suitable for both new builds and where a renovation is taking place. It is ideal for new builds as floor heights have not yet been established. Wet underfloor heating can also be installed as a retrofit.
Water underfloor heating is a very comfortable form of heating and heats every room evenly and from the ground up. The first thing you will notice when you have underfloor heating is that you will never have cold feet ever again. Walk about in your bare feet throughout the year in perfect comfort.
With traditional radiator heating systems, the heat will rise and heat the ceiling first and eventually the convection currents will move the heat around the room and heat the entire room. It will always be cooler closer to the floor and warmer nearer the ceiling. The complete opposite of what you want sitting in your lounge on a cold winter’s night.
Wet underfloor heating is a very efficient form of heating. Firstly, the heat is distributed where it is most useful, not being wasted heating ceiling space. Secondly, underfloor heating runs at much lower temperatures than radiators. This means that boilers can be run at lower temperatures and as a result can run far longer in condensing mode making the operation much more efficient.
This lower running temperature also makes wet underfloor heating the perfect partner for modern green heating systems like air source or ground source heat pumps.
Estimates of fuel savings vary from 15% to 40%.
How does a Water Underfloor Heating System actually work?
An underfloor heating manifold is connected to a heat source such as a a boiler or air source or ground-source heat pump. Pipes are run from this manifold under the floor of every room and warm water is circulated through these pipes floor to heat up the floor.
A thermostat (there can be more than one depending on the number of zones) is fitted to your system so you can control the room temperature. Floor temperature can also be controlled which is important for some timber floors with maximum temperatures.
What type of boiler do I need for a Wet Underfloor Heating System?
Generally, waters systems will work with most boiler types – condensing, vented or wood-fired for example. They will also work well with heat-pumps plus these generally run at a lower temperature compared to standard boilers.
VPS Underfloor Heating
There are many things to consider. Care must be taken in deciding which type of underfloor heating system is used depending on floor construction. Depending on insulation levels and the heat source being used the distances between the pipes needs to be decided on. The closer the pipes the higher the heating output. VPS Underfloor Heating can advise on the various options available and make sure you end up with a system that suits the requirements of you property.
VPS Underfloor Heating are located in Kirkintilloch, Glasgow. Whether you are an installer or a domestic customer, give us a call on 0141 459 3141 for more information or fill in the online contact form below.
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