10 things to know about underfloor heating:

Under floor heating eradicates the need for radiators to be attached to the walls in your rooms allowing you to make the most of all the space available to you.

Radiators will normally run at a temperature of between 60-70ºC but under floor heating only needs to be run at between 30-40ºC. Therefore, instantly saving you money on your energy bills.

Radiators push the heat they produce upwards due to convection leaving the space nearest the floor to remain cold and the ceiling space to be hot. Any dust that is circulating is simply pushed around the room. This can lead to headaches and sore throats whereas under floor heating will gradually allow heat to rise, and wont simply circulate the dust around the room. This will also benefit asthma sufferers or people with breathing difficulties. There wont be any radiators to collect dust or for children to burn themselves on or bump into whilst playing.

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Underfloor heating is a brilliant way to keep your home warm. It’s lovely to walk on a cold winter day, it distributes heat evenly around each corner of the home, and it also frees your walls from radiators, allowing you to create a minimalist look if you wish.

Here are some additional benefits to installing under floor heating:

  • It can provide warm cosy tile or stone flooring (perfect when in the bathroom or kitchen).
  • It can replace bulky radiators in a room which frees up wall and floor space.
  • It’s able to cover a vast range of different flooring types with lots of flexible options.
  • There is no cold spot or windy drafts in the room, as the heat is evenly distributed.
  • The under floor covering is hidden when it is installed so there are no wires or electrical sockets.

The best time for installation is in the summer so start thinking about it before the season changes.

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A Brief Guide On Underfloor heating – Pros & Cons

Underfloor heating is a brilliant way to keep your home warm. It’s lovely to walk on a cold winter day, it distributes heat evenly around each corner of the home, and it also frees your walls from radiators, allowing you to create a minimalist look if you wish.

Underfloor heating is a great alternative to traditional radiators or hot-air heating systems, the question is underfloor heating, is it all it’s cracked up to be? So let look at the pros and cons.

A Brief explanation to underfloor heating:

The way under floor heating works is by pumping heat around a heat exchanger in the floor for it to be released over a period of time; it works in conjunction with the home thermostat and will only provide heat when the room temperate drops below a set level. It’s important to remember that it can take a while to heat up the room, especially if you are used to traditional heating system.

Pros:

The best thing with underfloor heating is that it’s hidden away and out of view, taking away the bulkiness of radiators. Another benefit is that it also even distribution of heat, it’s a fairly efficient way to heat a room.

Installation can be used on all sort of flooring, including vinyl, laminate, stone and ceramic. It will also work on carpet, however it wise to keep it up to 1.5 tog as otherwise it could actually absorb most of the heat before it enter the room.

If you decide to go with electric underfloor heating, a great benefit is that it can be powered from the national grid, solar panels and wind turbine. Using renewable energy sources means you are maximising the efficiency of your system, thus reducing fuel bills and eliminating carbon emissions.

Cons:

The biggest problem with this is the cost as it can be expensive and difficult to install. With your bills being lower, you are unlikely to earn your initial cost.

If you are wishing to install in older building, creating the right conditions can take extra time and cause major upheaval.

Due to lower winter temperatures, the underfloor heating system will take longer to heat a room, so a good idea is to combine it with a timer.

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Top 5 reasons why you should choose underfloor heating

Top 5 reasons why you should choose underfloor heating

Underfloor heating is slowly becoming the most efficient method of heating a room and it is also fast becoming the most popular option for new building and property refurbishments.Here are our top five reasons to choose underfloor heating for your home:

More and more heating engineers are being asked to install underfloor heating and renovators are using it as their preferred heating method for new built property.

  1. It works seamlessly with modern design

Underfloor heating is ideal for modern, open plan living. A loss of radiators on the walls means that there is more room for experimenting with interior design, to create a comfortable, warm home.

  1. Set a consistent temperature

Water is evenly heated through a network of pipes, ensuring that the heat is evenly distributed. Sensors and Thermostats are wired into underfloor heating systems and are a great way to monitor and control UFH systems, maximising energy efficiency.

  1. Energy efficient

An underfloor heating system is much more energy efficient than radiators as it operates at a lower heat while spreading the heat around the room (between 35°C and 60°C – most commonly around 50°C), whereas radiator systems must operate at a higher temperature to ensure the heat reaches the other side of the room (radiators generally run at around 82°C) and therefore use a lot more energy.
Depending on the type of floor, underfloor heating ensures that heat loss is minimised, by radiating heat upwards from the floor space, heating other surfaces in the room which then radiates a secondary heat and keeps the underfoot warm and eliminates floor draughts. Whereas radiators don’t distribute heat evenly – naturally the warmest part of the room is the ceiling and the coolest is the floor, creating an inefficient way of heating a room.
The most energy efficient type of underfloor heating is wet underfloor heating as opposed to the electric systems. The only disadvantage to wet underfloor heating is that in existing rooms the floor may need to be raised if the pipes won’t fit underneath the flooring.

  1. You can choose a system to suit your project

Logical Heating & plumbing aims is to ensure that you receive the right system for your project by understanding that each installation is unique and has different variables. We have a system to suit a new-build, renovation, modification to one room or a re-fit; we have a solution for every project.
Underfloor heating works with all types of floors, tiles/natural stone, vinyl, engineered wood, solid wood and carpet.

  1. A healthier and cleaner option

A radiator’s primary function is to distribute warm air via convection currents supplemented by warm air. This means it picks up dust from the floor and sends it into the air, underfloor heating does not have this problem, making it a healthier choice for everyone particularly sufferers of Asthma and dust allergies.

Please take a look at our underfloor heating portfolio page.

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Keeping Warm With Central Heating And Under Floor Heating This Winter

Keeping Warm With Central Heating And Under Floor Heating This Winter

Every year, the winter seems to get harsher than it was in the previous year and keeping warm is becoming an essential need. There are plenty of ways to keep warm in winters but two of the most popular systems are central heating and under floor heating.

In central heating systems, hot air produced from heated water is used. There are plenty of central heating systems but in all of them, the heat that is supplied is produced in a single unit that is then ducted to outlets either on the floor or ceiling.Under floor heating is one type of a central heating system wherein the heat produced by the central heating system is omitted from the floor.

The Advantages

Under floor heating has several advantages and benefits. The first one is that it allows you to control the temperature for each room using easy controls and thermostats. This makes under floor heating a good option if you are looking for optimum comfort. This also allows you to save money and resources because you no longer have to heat up rooms which are empty. The controls allows the home owner to decide which room they want to heat up, for how long they want to heat said room up and how hot they want the temperature to be.

Under floor heating is also starting to become a popular option amongst people who wish to adopt a more energy-efficient heating option. Under floor heating is energy efficient because unlike a radiator system that uses water at extremely high temperature, under floor heating uses water at a lower temperature. It is very much capable of supplying the same amount of heat as a typical radiator can without using up as much energy. This, as a result, makes under floor heating systems cost-efficient as well.

Another advantage of having an under floor heating system instead of a radiator is that it does not interfere with the aesthetics of your house. You can free up your walls and not have that radiator bulging on your wall. If you choose to have an under floor heating system, you have all the freedom in the world to decorate your interiors as you wish.

Because under floor heating systems is a form of radiant heating, it gives off a better quality of air compared to those systems which are a form of convection heating. This prevents harmful germs and pollen from circulating in your room. This is a particularly important aspect to consider especially if you have people who asthma patients or have pollen allergies are living in your home.

If your under floor heating system is installed properly by Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions in Croydon, you should expect it to run properly with little to no maintenance requirements.  You do not need to keep checking on it. All the maintenance checks that are required will take place on ground level. The central manifold which is what should be maintained will be located at a place that is easy to access at your home.

The Disadvantages

Like all other types of heating systems, under floor heating systems also have its disadvantages. Albeit they are not alarming or too drastic, it is still important to note them down and take them into consideration if you are planning to call for an under floor heating system installation in Croydon.

Although it is in rare instances that this might happen, if there are leaks or any problems with your under floor heating system, it is required that the floors will be opened up for it to be fixed. Now this can be a huge task to undergo and a hassle as well. Another disadvantage is that under floor heating systems do not heat up as quickly as other heating systems. This means that you may have to pre-heat the room ahead of time before you can use it.

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Keeping Warm With Under Floor Heating

Keeping Warm With Under Floor Heating

In the cold winter season, when you are shivering, just home from an icy blast outside and desperate to get warm despite the rainy grey sky covering all available sunlight.  There is one way to stay warm without pushing your heating bill to its full capacity.  Under floor heating is a great for removing the clutter of huge radiators taking up living space, and you can have it installed throughout the home offering a clean decorative finish.  It’s thought to be a more efficient way of heating the room because of the way the heat is distributed (this only works well if the windows and walls are insulated).

The way under floor heating works is by pumping heat around a heat exchanger in the floor for it to be released over a period of time; it works in conjunction with the home thermostat and will only provide heat when the room temperate drops below a set level. It’s important to remember that it can take a while to heat up the room, especially if you are used to traditional heating system.

There are two types of under floor heating which are Hot Water Systems or Electric Mat Systems:

Hot Water System

This basically uses warm water from the central heating system, the water is pumped through plastic pipes laid out on the sub floor before the final surface is installed. This type of system reduces water heating costs as it uses water at a lower temperature than traditional radiators.

Electric Mat System

These are generally cheaper to install and cause less disruption to existing floor boards, however they are more expensive to run than Hot Water Systems. The Electric Mat System features cables that are attached to open-weave mesh mats that are spread out onto the floor, connected together, and then linked up to the thermostat’s main power supply.

Here are some additional benefits to installing under floor heating:

  • It can provide warm cosy tile or stone flooring (perfect when in the bathroom or kitchen).
  • It can replace bulky radiators in a room which frees up wall and floor space.
  • It’s able to cover a vast range of different flooring types with lots of flexible options.
  • There is no cold spot or windy drafts in the room, as the heat is evenly distributed.
  • The under floor covering is hidden when it is installed so there are no wires or electrical sockets.

The best time for installation is in the summer so start thinking about it before the season changes.

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