Under floor heating

Why not enjoy the benefits of a new under floor heating system from a company you can trust to deliver, hassle free?

Under floor heating

pictureUnder floor heating is considered by some to be a very modern concept but it is far from being a new or recent form of heating. The idea can be traced back centuries ago. Evidence has been found in Asia and Alaska that show how people used fires underneath stone covered trenches, which were built into the floors of their homes. The smoke would heat the floor stones which in turn heated the living areas.
Today however, we are pleased to say that under floor heating has been significantly improved and modernised. There are many different types of under floor heating which can be used in a huge number of different ways. Under floor heating provides an almost perfect air temperature balance in your home due to the control of heat.
There are a wide range of benefits to under floor heating. Obvious advantages include the ability to control the temperature of your home room by room, under floor heating does not take up space as does electric heaters, radiators and fire places, under floor heating is maintenance free, silent, hygienic and can prove to be far cheaper to use that traditional home-heating methods.
Under floor heating means incredible warmth underfoot all year round. The warmth offers a relaxed and comfortable setting without the huge energy bills often associated with the long winters in the UK. As under floor heating surrounds you rather than rises and circulates before leaving through old windows, gaps in doors, ceilings etc., your room stays warm and cosy constantly.

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What is Under Floor Heating?

Under floor heating - and cooling - is a form of central heating system which offers home owners the ability to control the temperature and thermal environments of their homes using conduction, radiation and convection.
Under floor heating warms the entire area of a room’s floor and this generates the opposite heating cycle to the one created by traditional heat sources. Instead of heats the whole floor area which generates the opposite heat cycle to that of conventional heat sources. With conventional central heating, the majority of the heat it generates is what we term convected air which rises straight to the ceiling, making that one of the warmest places. As ceiling heights are often far higher than our bodies, this results in a huge waste of heat. It also means heat escapes far quicker.
Around half the heat produced by under floor heating is what we call radiant heat. This means the heat is generated and distributed through the floor evenly, being absorbed by people, objects and furniture in a room; very little heat manages to escape by this method, it is a much more effective and comfortable way of getting warm and it eliminates cold spots.
You get to have warm feet and a warm body as your room temperature will be even.
Under floor heating systems can be installed using either electricity or fluids. In other words, you can use electricity to heat your home or a fluid pipe system – or as we call them in the industry, hydronic systems.
Either kind of under floor heating can be used as the main heating system for your entire building, or as concentrated or confined heating in particular areas. For example, some people choose to heat just their conservatories or extensions using under floor heating.

 

The History of Under Floor Heating

Under floor heating is considered by some to be a very modern concept but it is far from being a new or recent form of heating. The idea can be traced back centuries ago. Evidence has been found in Asia and Alaska that show how people used fires underneath stone covered trenches, which were built into the floors of their homes. The smoke would heat the floor stones which in turn heated the living areas.
The Romans also used a similar system to heat their buildings. Their systems were called hypocausts, which literally means “fire beneath”. These systems were used for heating homes and baths. The Roman floors were raised on pillars and the Romans used layers of different material (namely, tiles and concrete) through which the fire and smoke would pass. So as not to suffocate from the smoke, holes were left in the walls so that the smoke could escape from the room but the room would still be heated.

 

 

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How under floor heating works

Hydronic System: A hydronic under floor heating system works by pumping a warm fluid (usually water) from a heat source, such as a boiler, combi-boiler or other heating system, through plastic piping. The pipes are located within the floor and are can be covered by almost all flooring types; laminate, carpet, concrete, real wood and so on. When you operate your room stat and ask it to heat up your under floor heating system, the water will pass through a zone valve and into the pipes where it is circulated. The pipes run a lower water temperature than radiators as they typically operate at 50C rather than 70C.
There is no need to use other forms of heating when using under floor heating because it is so efficient and the heat comes from such a large area.

Electric System: This uses cables which are comprised of wire conductors and which pass electricity through the cable to heat it up to whatever temperature the home-owner has asked for using their thermostat.
Heating cables are fantastic in that they offer a flexible layout but they can be time-consuming the install. They are great for smaller areas such as utility rooms and bathrooms but are not ideal for very large areas.
Heating mats can also be used in electrical under floor heating systems and tend to be much easier to fit and install than cables. The mats can be cut to shape meaning they are also as flexible as the cables.

 

 

Why Under Floor Heating?

Under floor heating systems can be installed using either electricity or fluids. In other words, you can use electricity to heat your home or a pipe system – or as we call it in the industry, hydronic systems.
Either kind of under floor heating can be used as the main heating system for your entire building, or as concentrated or confined heating in particular areas. For example, some people choose to heat just their conservatories or extensions using under floor heating.
Under floor heating warms the entire area of a room’s floor and this generates the opposite heating cycle to the one created by traditional heat sources. Instead of heats the whole floor area which generates the opposite heat cycle to that of conventional heat sources. With conventional central heating, the majority of the heat it generates is what we term convected air which rises straight to the ceiling, making that one of the warmest places. As ceiling heights are often far higher than our bodies, this results in a huge waste of heat. It also means heat escapes far quicker.
Around half the heat produced by under floor heating is what we call radiant heat. This means the heat is generated and distributed through the floor evenly, being absorbed by people, objects and furniture in a room; very little heat manages to escape by this method, it is a much more effective and comfortable way of getting warm and it eliminates cold spots.
You get to have warm feet and a warm body as your room temperature will be even.
There are a huge number of benefits in choosing to install under floor heating. Using multilayer pipes, control systems and high-efficiency boilers, under floor heating systems are extremely comfortable.

 

Warmth and Comfort: Under floor heating provides a comforting, radiant heat across the entire of your floor’s surface meaning you don’t get that cold floor feeling in your home again! Heating from the floor up means an even distribution of heat so you are warmed through and can stay nice and cosy, even on the coldest, most miserable winter days!

Space: Using under floor heating as opposed to electric heaters, fireplaces and radiators means there is much more space for you to use within your room. It also means that wall that ha the radiator or fireplace does not have to be eliminated from having a sofa, bed or cabinet placed in front of it. This you can do without worrying about the hazard of fires or leaving room for heat to be able to circulate around a room.

 

Economic: Because under floor heating systems disperse heat evenly throughout your home the temperature used can be less than that which you would normally use for the traditional radiator systems.
The temperature of your under floor heating system also runs lower at around 50C rather than radiators which run at 70C meaning the energy used is far less.
All-in-all under floor heating can present you with lower energy bills. However, your system must be installed correctly.
Under floor heating is about the same price to buy and install as traditional gas central heating systems meaning you do not have to spend a fortune to benefit from reduced energy bills.
To ensure your under floor heating is installed professionally and correctly, call us today for a free quote and for advice on under floor heating systems.

 

Safe: With under floor heating there is no hazard from carbon monoxide or burns. As the heat comes through the floor and is regulated using thermostats, hot pipes, wires and hot radiators do not pose a safety problem.

 

Hygienic and Healthy: Under floor heating does not cause draughts which blow dust or aiborne allergens around your home. It also keeps moisture levels lower in bathrooms and utility rooms.
Pile ups of dust and dirt sat behind radiators are also avoided.

 

Full Control: The majority of under floor heating systems are operated on an individual room basis so each room runs off its own thermostat.
This is very beneficial to most people as you can choose whether to have a cooler kitchen and warmer bathroom or cooler conservatory and warmer lounge.
You can also utilise systems which can offer a timing facility meaning you can choose to warm your home for when you return from work.

 

 

 

Areas we Cover

Based in Horsham, West Sussex, we are best situated to serve the local areas around this beautiful market town. However, we can also travel further afield. We have carried out work in towns as far afield as Crawley, Guildford, Farnham, Aldershot, Bromley, Wandsworth, Croydon, Sutton, Chingford, north London, west London, Worthing and Eastbourne. We cover Horsham district, West Sussex, East Sussex, Surrey, Kent, north London, west London, RH12 under floor heating, RH 13 under floor heating and RH14 under floor heating.

Testimonials

Due to our wide ranging expertise, we can guarantee the highest degree of professionalism so you get the best job for the best price. Take a look at just some of our recent testimonials below and you will see our excellent delivery speaks for itself.

 

“These chaps have done lots of work for us over the past 4 years and we have never been disappointed, either in their professionalism or their rates! I can highly recommend them.”
Customer in Horsham

 

“All the work was done professionally, efficiently and very meticulously. The person was friendly, willing to answer questions and give advice. Will definitely recommend and use him again.”
Customer in Horsham


“I've used Aurel previously to fit a new boiler and when my shower broke a week before Christmas (with guests coming to stay on Christmas Eve) I called Aurel to see if he could fit us in. He expertly helped us choose a new shower and purchased it (passing on his discount to us), he then came to fit within 2 days. I was so grateful to him and yet again was overwhelmed by how hard this man works and how dedicated he is to please his customers. I have recommended to neighbours who I know have now also used him.”

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Customer in Horsham


 “We can't heap enough praise on him. Arrived when he said, worked tidily, removed all debris, fitted new boiler, and also added a new thermostat (for free) and four feet of gas piping and a new stopcock which were necessary to the smooth operation of the whole thing. I have him coming back to do some more work on other projects in May. I'd buy him a pint if he wasn't working every spare minute!”

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Customer in Thornton Heath

Under floor heating

Why not enjoy the benefits of a new under floor heating system from a company you can trust to deliver, hassle free?

Under floor heating Horsham is a small and yet hugely successful business. What makes us stand out, our USP you may say, is that with years of experience in the plumbing, electrical and heating industries, our well-skilled approach to installing under floor heating is second to none.

Due to our wide ranging expertise, we can guarantee the highest degree of professionalism so you get the best job for the best price. Take a look at just some of our recent testimonials below and you will see our excellent delivery speaks for itself.

We respond to online queries by the next working day and are able to answer calls almost 24/7.
We hope we are the first you call if you are thinking of installing under floor heating.


If you are thinking about having under floor heating installed and want to know more, if you want our expert advice about what kind of flooring to go for or for a quote, please don’t hesitate to call us today.

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Tel: 01403 390025
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Under floor heating Horsham is a small and yet hugely successful business. What makes us stand out, our USP you may say, is that with years of experience in the plumbing, electrical and heating industries, our well-skilled approach to installing under floor heating is second to none.

Under floor heating benefits

There are a huge number of benefits in choosing to install under floor heating. These range from warmth and comfort to safety, space to money-saving and hygienic to you having full control of your home’s heating.

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Contact

So if you are thinking about having under floor heating installed and want to know more, call us today.

Tel: 01403 390025
Mobile: 07890 308 657
info@underfloorheatinghorsham.co.uk