Underfloor Heating Systems

Envirofloor 'Wet' Underfloor Heating Systems

Envirofloor 'Wet' Underfloor Heating Systems

Suitable for both new build and renovation projects, ‘wet’ underfloor heating is the most efficient way to provide space heating as it is up to 25% more efficient than traditional radiators. Heat is supplied directly to the floor as radiant heat (which is distributed evenly), creating a more comfortable environment than the convected air provided by conventional radiators. Generally running at around 45 degrees, as opposed to 80 degrees used in radiator systems, saves on energy and running cost, especially when used with a renewable heat source such as the Enviroair air source heat pump.

Envirofloor underfloor heating systems are suitable for a wide range of ground and upper floor constructions. Using the full range of system components it is simple to create individual heating systems to achieve required comfort levels. Envirofloor underfloor heating systems can be easily combined with radiator systems for extensions and conservatories, or to create a mixed heating system offering radiators on upper floors if desired.

Features & Benefits

  • Efficient and even heat distribution – heat rises uniformly from the floor, rather than having warm air pockets around radiators
  • Cost-effective – the lower water running temperature requires less energy and reduces heating bills
  • Up to 25% more efficient than traditional radiators
  • Frees up wall space for room layouts
  • Low maintenance
  • Reduced airborne dust pollution – ideal for asthmatics
  • Suitable for new build and renovation projects
  • Rooms and zones can be controlled independently
  • Replaces traditional radiators
  • Suitable for use with solid and suspended floor constructions
  • Virtually silent when running
  • Suitable for use with a wide range of hot water sources
  • More efficient than electric systems
  • Lower fuel usage means lower CO2 emissions

Underfloor v Conventional Heating Systems

Underfloor v Conventional Heating Systems

An underfloor heating system can be slightly more expensive to install than a traditional radiator system; however since underfloor heating is more efficient, the running costs are lower. If whole life costs are considered, underfloor heating does provide the better option.

There are also huge advantages in terms of comfort for the occupants, increased usable floor space and quieter running. Underfloor heating systems utilise a high proportion of radiant heat, the most comfortable form of heating. This provides the occupants with warm feet and a cool head which is the ideal temperature profile.

How Does a Wet Underfloor Heating System Work?

How Does a Wet Underfloor Heating System Work?

A ‘wet’ underfloor heating system is like a giant radiator at floor level. A series of plastic pipes are connected to a heat source to circulate warm water throughout the floor to heat the space by producing radiant heat. Since the floor (the radiator) is so large and the heat is more evenly distributed, it only needs to run at a low temperature to heat the room.

This means that the water flowing around the floor needs to be at a far lower temperature than a traditional radiator system. More efficient to run than electric underfloor heating systems a wet’ system is also better suited to larger rooms and for use in multiple areas.

Floor Constructions

Floor Constructions

Envirofloor underfloor heating systems are available for use in the following floor constructions:

Solid Floors - this type of construction is typically used on ground floors or block and beam floors. The Envirofloor underfloor heating pipes are laid on top of insulation board placed over a solid concrete base. Screed is then over the top of the pipes.

Suspended Floors - this type of construction is typically used on suspended timber floors. Envirofloor underfloor heating pipes are fitted into grooves in aluminium heat emission plates. Supported by the joists at 400mm centres the plates diffuse the heat, distributing it evenly across the floor.

Heat Sources

Heat Sources

An underfloor heating system can work with a wide range of hot water sources, but the most efficient systems will incorporate renewable technologies such as air source heat pumps.

As underfloor heating systems run at a much lower temperature than radiators, an air source heat pump (which produces water at a lower temperature), is the most efficient way to power this type of heating system. The underfloor heating system works in exactly the same way as a radiator system does when linked to a boiler in a traditional heating system. The water and air temperature are controlled through the Enviroair air source heat pump controller which operates the entire heating system.

Enviroair air source heat pumps provide an economical and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional heating and hot water systems.

Air Source Heat Pumps

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Warranty

Firebird Envirofloor underfloor heating systems are covered by a 10-year full consequential loss warranty. This excludes electrical components which are covered by a 2-year warranty. For further information, please contact us.

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