Under Floor Heating (UFH)

Underfloor Heating Systems

This method of distributing heat within a building is regarded as the most economical way to heat a building. When compared to conventional radiator heating systems, under floor wins every time with a high comfort level, low operating temperatures and best of all the heating element its self is concealed within the floor construction, leaving more space for furniture ect. At Advanced Heating & Plumbing Plus we highly recommend that you use under floor heating when constructing a new building or when redeveloping/ retrofitting an existing building. Under floor heating works at its best and is most cost effective with advanced heat pump technology provided by Advanced Heating & Plumbing Plus.

How under floor heating works – an overview

Under floor heating works by pumping temperature controlled warm water from a normal central heating boiler (or other hot water heating system), through jointless plastic tubing embedded in the floor. It provides warmth to a room from the floor up, unlike radiators that heat the ceiling space first. The floor temperature only needs to be raised a few degrees above the room temperature to maintain an effective comfort level, resulting in improved economy.

A clear benefit of installing under floor heating in conservatories and extensions is the additional living space gained as the need for bulky metal radiators is removed, allowing the homeowner far greater design freedom and enjoyment of the whole space.

Single room under floor heating

In order to increase the amount of useable space as well as the value of the property, more and more people are extending their current home rather than moving house; which is why Advanced Heating & Plumbing has developed a home extension/single room kit specifically to integrate with any existing boiler and radiator system.

The significance of direct boiler control

Whilst adding the under floor heating on to an existing radiator system is a quick and easy solution for conservatories and extensions, it offers less controllability to the homeowner as the zone can only be heated when the rest of the central heating system is switched on.

Due to the different heating characteristics of under floor heating, it ideally needs to operate as a separate zone with direct boiler control.

Where single room and extension packages are installed without direct boiler control, the rest of the house will warm up quickly whilst the under floor heating is still coming up to temperature. To balance this, the underfloor heating takes far longer than radiators to cool down and can, therefore, be switched off earlier – thereby delivering potential fuel savings for the homeowner.

Advanced Heating & Plumbing plus believes the latter allows homeowners to direct heat exactly where it is needed; it also gives enough time for the under floor heating to warm the room to the same temperature as the rest of the house.