Renovation Guide: Underfloor Heating
Underfloor heating is gaining popularity and becoming a more common feature in both new build and retro-fit projects. In this article, we’ll focus on how underfloor heating can work with a residential renovation project and the different types available. We’ll look at the pros and cons of underfloor heating in different renovation situations and advise which works best.
Why choose underfloor heating for a renovation project?
Before we look at the good and bad points of underfloor heating, let’s discuss why you might want to install this technology in the first place.
Better Functionality: Maximising space can be a key aim of a renovation or extension project. Underfloor heating helps in this respect for obvious reasons: it fits under the floor! No need for large radiators requiring space in front to be left free of furniture to allow convection. Underfloor heating is not only space saving, but covers a large area discretely allowing you to layout the room exactly how you want, unrestricted.
Higher Efficiency: Another huge plus for underfloor heating systems is the improved efficiency of your heating system. Because they cover such a large space in comparison with traditional radiators the flow temperatures required through them is much less. Imagine trying to get the same heat out of a panel radiator on one wall of a room versus the whole floor operating as a radiator. Having a large surface area to emit heat allows lower flow temperatures to be used. The lower flow temperatures mean the boiler does not have to work as hard generating heat.
Flexible Controls: Traditional radiator heating systems are often controlled from a single thermostat for the whole house. This means that certain rooms will be hotter than others and often heated unnecessarily. With an underfloor heating system, it is split into zones allowing room by room control. With each room controlled by an individual thermostat full control and programming can make sure your room is at the right temperature at the right time.
Improved Comfort: The way an underfloor heat is transmitted means it provides more radiant heat than convective heat. This gives a nice warm feeling within a property and a general comfort level you don’t get with conventional radiators.
Underfloor Heating Options
The range of UFH products available means there is a solution for many different floor types. Whether looking at a renovation project, a new-build development or a retrofit property there will be an underfloor heating system to suit.
Existing Concrete Floor
So, you have a concrete floor you don’t want to dig up and relay? No problem. Factory made UFH boards can be cut to size for any room shape and can be laid directly onto the existing floor. Although more time consuming to install, it’ll be less disruptive to your project and allows certain floor coverings to be applied directly on top of the boards. Plus, it’s quicker to heat/cool than traditional screed UFH systems.
Suspended floor joists are also easily adaptable. The various sized UFH boards are laid directly between the floor joists and a plywood layer installed on top – allowing your finished floor covering to be installed.
Efficiency with both power and energy costs is often the key deciding factor for our installations. The price of electricity is continually rising, which will make the dry systems more expensive to run. Gas prices per kilowatt are cheaper, hence wet systems being cheaper to run. You could decide to add further technology to power these though – such as solar panels or a biomass boiler. These can offer energy savings and financial revenue through Government incentive schemes.
Why choose The Greener Group?
Whatever your final technology choice, be assured that with The Greener Group you have a dedicated and experienced team of design and installation engineers at your disposal. We have been building our portfolio since 2009 and can guide you through the process, helping determine what will work best – and how.
For a free survey on your property, contact us on 01244 405285.