Underfloor Heating 

Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating (UFH) is a method of heating that involves installing a system of pipes or electric heating elements beneath the floor surface. This system provides heat through radiant energy, creating a comfortable and evenly distributed warmth throughout a room.

Types of Underfloor Heating Systems

  1. Hydronic (Water-Based) Systems:
    • Description: Uses warm water circulated through a network of pipes laid under the floor.
    • Energy Source: Typically connected to a boiler or heat pump.
    • Best For: Larger areas, new builds and retro-fits.
    • Efficiency: Highly efficient, especially when paired with a heat pump​.
  2. Electric Systems:
    • Description: Utilises electric heating cables or mats installed under the floor.
    • Energy Source: Powered by electricity, which can be controlled via a thermostat.
    • Best For: Smaller areas, or where hydronic systems are impractical.
    • Efficiency: Typically cheaper to install but much less efficient than hydronic systems.
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Benefits of Underfloor Heating

  1. Energy Efficiency:
    • UFH systems often operate at lower temperatures than traditional radiators, which can reduce energy consumption and lower heating bills. Hydronic systems, in particular, are very energy efficient when paired with a heat pump or a high-efficiency boiler.
  2. Comfort:
    • Provides an even distribution of heat across the floor, eliminating cold spots and creating a consistent and comfortable environment.
  3. Space Saving:
    • As UFH systems are installed under the floor, they free up wall space that would otherwise be taken up by radiators.
  4. Aesthetics:
    • With no visible radiators or heaters, UFH offers a cleaner, more streamlined look in any room.
  5. Improved Air Quality:
    • Unlike radiators, UFH systems do not circulate dust and allergens, making them a better option for people with allergies or respiratory issues.

Installation Considerations

  1. Floor Height:
    • UFH systems can raise the floor level slightly, which is important to consider in renovation projects where floor height might be a constraint. We can install retro-fit systems as thin as 20mm deep.
  2. Flooring Compatibility:
    • Suitable for most types of flooring, including tile, stone, laminate, and carpet. However, the efficiency can vary depending on the type of flooring material used.
  3. Cost:
    • Initial installation costs can be higher than traditional heating systems. Hydronic systems are typically more expensive to install than electric ones due to the complexity of the plumbing involved​. This cost of running a hydronic system will be much lower than that of an electric system.
  4. Installation Time:
    • Installation can take longer, especially for hydronic systems, as it involves significant work to lay pipes and ensure proper insulation.
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Maintenance and Running Costs

  1. Maintenance:
    • UFH systems generally require minimal maintenance compared to traditional heating systems. Regular checks and servicing of the heat source (like a boiler or heat pump) are necessary.
  2. Running Costs:
    • Running costs can be lower due to the efficient operation at lower temperatures. However, this depends on the energy source and how well the home is insulated.

Smart Control Integration

Many modern UFH systems can be integrated with smart thermostats and home automation systems, allowing for precise control over heating schedules, remote operation, and even room-by-room temperature management.

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Why Choose Cambs Heating for Underfloor Heating

Elevate your space with the comfort and efficiency of underfloor heating. Contact Cambs Heating today for expert installation, reliable repair services, and proactive maintenance. Your warmth, our expertise!


Retrofit or new build installation

Experience the luxury of underfloor heating with our expert installation services. Our team assesses your space, discusses your preferences, and designs a customised underfloor heating system that seamlessly integrates with your property.


Service and Maintenance

Ensure the longevity and optimal performance of your underfloor heating system with our thorough service and maintenance offerings. Our skilled technicians conduct regular check-ups, address any issues, and provide proactive maintenance to keep your system running smoothly.


Repair

If you encounter any issues with your underfloor heating system, our prompt and efficient repair services are at your disposal. From diagnosing problems to implementing effective solutions, we are dedicated to restoring your underfloor heating to peak performance.