fame | underfloor heating

Underfloor heating is an efficient way of heating your home. Since the water does not need to be so hot, savings of around 20% on your fuel bill can be achieved verses the heating up of traditional radiators.

Heat is radiated evenly across the whole floor and provides warmth from the floor up as opposed to traditional central heating which heats a room using convection and effectively provides heat from the top down. An added, and subtle, benefit is that it is invisible - no bulky radiator and pipes to site or design your room around! It can be used for whole property heating or can be integrated into existing traditional central heating systems (when building an extension or conservatory for example).

The temperature of the water needed for under-floor heating is 30°C - 40°C this is much lower than the 60°C - 70°C required for radiators. This uses less fuel as the water does not need to be as hot, therefore the system is more energy efficient - typically around 20%. Once installed there are no further maintenance or servicing requirements. Also with the under-floor pipe work having in excess of a 50 year life span there is no worry over replacing it.

As under-floor heating uses convection rather than radiation to heat a room, the movement of dust particles is reduced which is a great benefit to those suffering from dust allergies or asthma.

There are no restrictions on the type of floor covering with solid wood, laminate, ceramic tile or carpet all being suitable however the following will need to be considered when design the system:

  • Carpets & Laminates - Thick underlay will restrict the heat transfer
  • Wooden Floors - The wood used needs to have less than 10% moisture content to avoid excessive shrinkage
  • Wooden Floors - Thicknesses up to 22mm will provide excellent performance however thicknesses exceeding this will influence response time