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The average radiator works at approximately 80 degrees centigrade convecting the heat upwards and outwards into the room, heating the area closest to the radiator most leaving other parts of the room further away from the heat source much cooler. Heat flow can be affected by furniture, shielding the heat from the rest of the room forcing it up towards the ceiling.
Underfloor heating works at a floor temperature of 29 - 35 degrees centigrade for electrical systems and 45 - 55 degrees for a water based system in a screed. A radiant heat gently warms the air as it rises covering the whole floor area, heating is kept consistent throughout.
As the working temperature is far lower, so are the running costs and you’ll never have cold feet!
Both electric and water based underfloor heating systems can be installed in any new building under the floor screed or under floor boards on upper floors and even in loft conversions. In existing buildings, electric systems may be the best option and can be installed under tiles, stone, wood laminates, wooden and even carpeted flooring.
Both water and electric systems can run independently of any existing heating systems with their own controls and thermostats for complete control. Water based systems can run from a new or existing boiler and in some cases off an existing radiator system.
Both systems are designed with no joints under the floor. Both are very safe and efficient having been stringently tested and coming with 10 and 25 year guarantees so once installed there can be no leaks or breakdowns.
Underfloor heating eliminates the struggle to paint or wallpaper behind radiators and pipework. There are no worries about leaking or rusty joints. As it’s concealed and does not take up wall space, it gives the room a cleaner look.
The heating pipes or cables are laid on insulation and spaced out across the floor area. The pipes are connected via a manifold system to the boiler or an existing radiator heating system. Cables are connected to the mains power supply via the thermostat / time control and fuse-switch. Once installed the whole system is tested then it is ready to go. It’s that simple!
Conservatories experience dramatic changes in temperature and so a heating system independent of the main heating system with its own thermostat and time control switch is ideal.
Additionally conservatories often have very shallow walls making it difficult to install radiators, and as they are often added after the main property, the existing boiler may not be big enough to cope with the output necessary for additional radiators making underfloor heating the ideal alternative.
Tiled floors are perfect for bathrooms and kitchens, easy to clean and they look fabulous. However they can be very cold but with underfloor heating they become luxuriously warm and cosy!
Once again it solves the problem of radiators taking up space in rooms where wall space is at a premium. However if you do have a towel rail in the bathroom, this can be integrated within both electric and water based systems.
New buildings are an ideal opportunity to install underfloor heating. Designed from day one makes installation simple straightforward. Underfloor heating provides a contemporary, clean, maintenance free solution guaranteed to add value to your property. Underfloor heating is an easy and cost effective solution for extensions. Using an electric system can save the necessity and expense of upgrading an existing boiler or heating system.