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Underfloor Heating

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Underfloor heating is becoming an increasingly popular way to heat properties across the UK. The main reason for this is because of how energy-efficient underfloor heating systems are, being able to heat a whole room at a lower temperature than radiators.

At Chris Evans Plumbing and Heating, our OFTEC qualified engineers are experienced at designing, installing, servicing and making repairs to a range of different underfloor heating systems. The way we approach an underfloor heating project is as unique as the task itself, with all of our work bespoke to the floor dimensions of the individual property.

We have completed full underfloor heating projects from concept to installation in new builds, barn conversions, extensions and renovations. In addition, we have recently undertaken projects which use the latest ‘low-profile’ technology to install floor heating systems on top of an existing property floor to minimise construction costs.

For a FREE site visit and competitive quote on any underfloor heating for your property then feel free to give us a call or request a call back! 

Underfloor Heating Installation

Our OFTEC qualified engineers love a new challenge and underfloor heating is always a unique project to that property. We are experienced at designing and installing systems from scratch as well as installing standard systems to average-sized rooms. The way we approach an underfloor heating project is as unique as the task itself, with all of our work bespoke to the floor dimensions of the individual property.

We have completed full underfloor heating projects from concept to installation in new builds, barn conversions, extensions and renovations. In addition, we have recently undertaken projects which use the latest ‘low-profile’ technology to install floor heating systems on top of an existing property floor to minimise construction costs.

Underfloor Heating Replacement

As underfloor heating is a relatively new technology used for the heating of properties in the UK, it is not often that an underfloor heating system will need to be replaced. However, in some new builds from the 2000s, the technology used in their underfloor systems is now massively outdated and inefficient in comparison to the latest innovations. This can lead you to be paying too much for your heating bills as excess energy is used by the aging technology.

It is no surprise that an underfloor heating system replacement is no small project, with the majority of projects requiring a floor being removed in order to take place. Saying this, during renovations such as extensions the flooring may be removed anyway and access to the existing underfloor heating system becomes simpler.

The way in which we approach any underfloor heating task is unique as you would expect. If you would like a FREE site visit and a competitive quote then please call us or send us a message and we will get back to you.

Underfloor Heating Servicing

Underfloor heating systems are like any other heating system in properties and sometimes they may need servicing, repairs or maintenance. Our OFTEC qualified engineers have experience in carrying out a range of repairs as well as efficiency tests and servicing of underfloor heating systems. In order to achieve the cost savings that these systems offer, it is important to ensure that your underfloor heating system is working to its maximum efficiency.

If you have any questions about the performance of your existing underfloor heating system then call us or send us a message!

Frequently Asked Questions

How are underfloor heating systems installed?

Typically underfloor heating is either installed as electric matting, or pipework that uses a central heating system in order to provide heat. The electric matting approach works by being laid down in a calculated pattern under hard floors and exists to warm the floor, in addition to providing extra heating assistance to the room.

The second option using a central heating system is known as a wet system as it uses hot water as opposed to electricity to provide heat. This system works through a manifold that splits off the water supply into special piping that is inserted either on heat deflecting trays that are laid between floor joists, or directly within a concrete floor.

What are the advantages of underfloor heating?

There are many advantages to installing an underfloor heating system. The first is that it is a really cost-effective and fuel-efficient system to heat rooms in your property. Obviously, the initial installation price is more expensive than using radiators but long term, you will really see the savings.

The reason for this is that underfloor heating systems give the same power output as radiators but with much less energy required. Due to these lower running costs, underfloor heating is considered a relatively green option when it comes to heating your property.

The second advantage is the even heat distribution from underfloor heating which is designed specifically for that room. Underfloor heating takes advantage of the fact that heat rises, heating a room from the ground up means that an even spread of heat is achieved. It is also relatively quick to kick in, so you will feel the benefit in every single corner of the room in no time.

Finally, underfloor heating is discrete and technically takes up no floor space as it typically sits underneath the flooring. This is a huge benefit if you are short of space or if you want to improve the interior design of your room. Once the system is installed, you won’t need to see it again!

What are the disadvantages of underfloor heating?

As with everything, there are also drawbacks to underfloor heating systems. The first drawback is the most obvious, that the installation process can be challenging. The best time to install is before any flooring is down, which makes this slightly more tricky if you wish for underfloor heating to be installed after the property construction process. You can try to do a DIY job, however, this is unlike any other installation task in a property. Our advice is to always seek professional assistance from a company who has experience in this.

The second drawback is that you may be limited to the type of flooring that is most compatible with underfloor heating. Our advice would be to only install underfloor heating with hard floorings such as tiling, marble or solid wood. Due to developments in technology, you can use systems with thin carpets and some laminate flooring options too. However, we advise that you discuss with professionals on their compatibility before making any purchase decisions.

The final drawback is dependent on the system you use. Electric systems are relatively quick to heat up a room. On the other hand, water systems will take longer as the water needs to be heated first before being distributed throughout the pipework. This is another discussion you should have with your underfloor heating plumber to ensure that you have the right system to meet your needs.

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