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FAQs

Find below a collection of Frequently Asked Questions. If you need to know something not listed here, please feel free to get in touch and discover how an underfloor heating system can benefit you. 

 

What are the running / installation costs?

This is dependent on the size and the type of system installed and can be fairly unique. More information can be given by our staff upon quotation.

How does under floor heating work?

This system works by heating the pipes which are laid under the floor. This enables the heat to rise evenly and stay at a constant.

How is the temperature regulated?

A thermostat similar to those used in conventional heating systems is used to control both temperature and timings.

What is the warm up time and how hot will it get?

It is difficult to give precise times as the thickness of the floor covering and the amount of insulation will impact on the time. On average however for an average wooden floor it will be warm in around 30 minutes.

Is the work guaranteed?

We have a two year product guarantee and ten years on piping.

Can underfloor heating be the only source of heat?

No, it is feasible to have under floor heating on one level and radiators on another.

What are the advantages? – is it more efficient than radiators?

Under floor heating can be run at a lower lever than radiators and provide a more consistant level of heat.

Is it compatible with all flooring types? - wooden, tiles, carpet

The most efficient type of flooring to use is wooden or tiles. Although carpet can be put down the thickness of the underlay and pile may well impact the efficiency of the heating inhibiting it running at optimum levels.

Will it require a new boiler and which fuel types are suitable? – gas, electric, solar heat, air source pumps?

All boiler types are suitable to power under floor heating.

How long will it last?

There is no set time scale however a well installed and serviced system should last at least 50 years.

What is screed and how deep should it be?

Screed it the covering placed over the heating coils, the thickness will depend on the areas building type and the type of screed. In general this will be between 55mm and 75mm on top of the insulation.

Can it be installed in conservatories / wet rooms / bathrooms?

Yes, under floor heating can be used all of these rooms.

Can I install it myself?

This is possible, however we recommend, at the very least, professional installation of electrical works.

At what stage of the project should it be installed?

Ideally the building should be water tight and the first phase electrics should be in place to incorporate the flooring sensors and thermostats.

Does it need to be in every room? i.e. can it go downstairs only?

No it does not need to be in every room, however with new builds it is just as easy to install throughout rather than in specific areas.

Can I retrofit under floor heating in my house?

This is possible dependant on the type of building, new builds are certainly more flexible and can be specially designed.

What are the best systems? Water or electric?

As with any system there are pros and cons. Both work well and in essence it comes down to choice of the client.

Can the system be extended in the future?

Yes, if a system is in place and the building is being extended the system can be adapted and incorporated.

Is underfloor heating sufficient to have in large open plan spaces?

It can be argued that under floor heating is more suitable to large open plan areas as the middle of the room will be the same temperature, unlike radiator heating which may not reach all areas of the rooms.

Can different rooms be set at different temperatures?

Each zone is controlled by separate thermostats therefore each respective zone can be set at its own level.

Will underfloor heating require maintenance and do you offer on-going support?

Under floor heating should require very little if any maintenance if installed properly, however if any problems do occur we will be happy to help.

Do you provide all services, e.g. screeding, installation etc?

Yes, our service incorporates and provides all design, supply, installation and service requirements.