Warm water underfloor heating (UFH) is now so versatile it can be installed in virtually any property. It is fast becoming one of the most desirable heating systems as it offers a discreet solution with a comfortable heating profile.
UFH is an invisible heating system that works by pumping a controlled flow of warm water from any heat source, such as a boiler or heat pump, through tubing hidden beneath or laid in panels directly on top of the existing floor.
It is a very flexible solution that can be installed either throughout the whole house, on just one floor level or in a single room. Because the surface area of the floor is so much larger than that of a radiator, UFH can run at a lower flow temperature and is therefore cheaper to run – up to 25% cheaper than a radiator system when used with a boiler and up to 40% with a heat pump.
It’s not just new builds that can take advantage of underfloor heating. Older properties can benefit, too, thanks to retrofit solutions.
These low-profile, higher heat output systems are ideal for older properties, where UFH would not previously have been an option.
The solutions can be laid directly on top of the existing floor, on any floor level, with minimal disruption to fixtures and fittings.
With the introduction of these innovative new UFH floor constructions, the possibilities for hybrid systems are also increasing.
So, UFH and radiators can both be successfully installed to create a flexible, efficient system.
Heather Oliver has spent fifteen years working in civil engineering on both infrastructure projects and domestic housing schemes. As product development manager at underfloor heating specialist Nu-Heat, Heather works with the team to introduce new products and technologies to the company and develop systems around them. Nu-Heat creates bespoke UFH designs to provide an energy efficient, cost effective system that matches your exact requirements and offers on-site installation support through to post-installation customer service.
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