Underfloor Heating Specialists in Chichester & West Sussex
An Introduction to Underfloor Heating
Are you tired of feeling cold and uncomfortable in your own home during the winter months? Do you cringe every time you see your energy bill spike up because of your inefficient heating system?
Look no further, as Chichester based heating engineer Aquatech Heating & Plumbing has the perfect solution for you – water based underfloor heating systems.
Unlike traditional heating methods that rely on radiators, our water based systems use a more efficient and comfortable approach by circulating warm water through pipes under your floor. Imagine walking barefoot on cozy floors, while enjoying consistent warmth throughout each room.
And the best part? It can all be controlled with just a touch of a button. Say goodbye to bulky radiators and hello to sleek and modern interior design. Aquatech Heating & Plumbing is here to keep you warm, save you money, and elevate the comfort in your home with our first-class underfloor heating installation and servicing services.
Discover the ultimate solution to staying warm during the winter months with Aquatech Heating & Plumbing.
About Our Underfloor Heating Installation Service
The installation of a water-based underfloor heating system in a residential property involves a systematic process to ensure efficient heating distribution and personal comfort.
Your underfloor heating installation begins with careful planning and a design that is tailored to your property’s layout.
The installation progresses through key stages such as preparation of the subfloor, pipework installation, and pressure testing to ensure no leaks exist.
Once commissioned and thoroughly tested, you will be provided with comprehensive guidance on system operation and maintenance.
Through this methodical approach, residents of Chichester can enjoy the comfort and energy efficiency offered by a professionally installed underfloor heating system.
If you want a more efficient, economical, and safe heating system in Chichester, contact us today to schedule your free consultation. Experience the difference with our professional, safe and reliable approach.
The Benefits of Underfloor Heating
Underfloor heating systems offer several advantages over traditional wall-fixed radiators, providing improved comfort, energy efficiency, and aesthetic appeal. Here are four key benefits that you will experience by implementing a water based, radiant floor heating solution:
- Even Heat Distribution: Underfloor heating systems distribute heat evenly across the entire floor surface, eliminating cold spots often experienced with radiators. This uniform heat distribution creates a more comfortable indoor environment, with consistent warmth from floor to ceiling.
- Space Saving and Aesthetic Appeal: Unlike bulky radiators that occupy wall space and disrupt interior design, underfloor heating systems are hidden beneath the floor, freeing up valuable wall space and allowing for greater flexibility in room layout and décor. This results in a cleaner, more streamlined aesthetic.
- Energy Efficiency: Underfloor heating systems operate at lower temperatures than traditional radiators, resulting in reduced energy consumption and lower heating costs over time. The radiant heat emitted from the floor also provides a more efficient and effective heating solution, requiring less energy to maintain desired indoor temperatures.
- Comfort and Control: Underfloor heating systems offer precise temperature control and zoning capabilities, allowing homeowners to adjust the heat output in individual rooms or zones according to their preferences and usage patterns. This level of control enhances comfort and can lead to increased energy savings by only heating occupied areas of the home when needed.
Overall, underfloor heating systems provide a superior heating solution compared to traditional wall-fixed radiators, offering improved comfort, energy efficiency, and aesthetic benefits for homeowners.
Service Area Coverage
We are based in Chichester but we also install and service underfloor heating systems in the following West Sussex locations: Littlehampton, Bognor Regis, East Wittering, Worthing, Havant, Selsey, West Wittering, Emsworth, Bosham, Southbourne, Nutbourne, Westhampnett and Westergate.
Qualified Chichester Heating Engineers
Aquatech Heating & Plumbing are Gas Safe Registered and qualified to service boilers that are powered by both natural gas and LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas).
Gas Safe registration number – 518050
Gas Safe register entry for Aquatech Heating & Plumbing
Is underfloor heating expensive to run?
Generally speaking, underfloor heating systems can be more efficient and cost-effective to run compared to traditional heating systems. Water-based systems, which are connected to a central heating system, may have lower running costs compared to electric systems, as they can be powered by more economical heat sources such as gas boilers or heat pumps.
Is it worth getting underfloor heating?
Ultimately, whether underfloor heating is worth it for you will depend on your priorities and budget. If you prioritise comfort, energy efficiency, and aesthetics, underfloor heating may be a worthwhile investment. Installing underfloor heating can potentially increase the resale value of your property, as it is often seen as a desirable feature by homebuyers.
What type of underfloor heating is best?
The best type of underfloor heating depends on various factors, including your specific requirements, budget, and the property’s characteristics. The two main types of underfloor heating are electric systems and water-based (hydronic) systems. Here’s a comparison to help you determine which type may be best for you:
Electric Underfloor Heating:
Easy and relatively inexpensive to install, especially in retrofit projects or small areas.
Can be installed as individual heating mats or cables, offering flexibility in layout and zoning.
Suitable for heating specific areas or rooms without the need for connecting to a central heating system.
Quick response time, allowing for rapid heating when needed.
Generally more expensive to run compared to water-based systems, especially in larger areas or whole-house installations.
May require higher electricity usage, potentially leading to increased energy bills.
Limited heat output per square meter, making it less suitable for primary heating in larger spaces.
Water-Based (Hydronic) Underfloor Heating:
More energy-efficient and cost-effective to run compared to electric systems, particularly when connected to a central heating system.
Suitable for use with various heat sources, including boilers, heat pumps, or solar thermal systems.
Provides consistent and even heat distribution across larger areas, making it ideal for primary heating in whole-house installations.
Can be installed with different floor coverings, including tile, stone, laminate, and carpet.
Higher upfront installation costs, especially for retrofit projects or properties without an existing central heating system.
Installation may require professional expertise and coordination with other trades.
Longer response time compared to electric systems, as water takes time to heat up and circulate through the pipes.
Ultimately, the best type of underfloor heating for you will depend on factors such as your budget, heating requirements, property size, and existing infrastructure. It’s essential to carefully consider these factors and consult with a trusted professional to determine the most suitable option for your specific needs.
Which is cheaper to run underfloor heating or radiators?
Generally, water-based underfloor heating systems tend to be cheaper to run compared to traditional radiators connected to a central heating system. Here’s why:
- Efficiency: Water-based underfloor heating systems distribute heat more evenly across the entire floor surface, resulting in more efficient heat transfer and reduced energy consumption compared to radiators. With underfloor heating, you can typically achieve the same level of comfort with lower water temperatures, leading to energy savings.
- Zoning: Underfloor heating systems offer the flexibility of zoning, allowing you to heat individual rooms or areas of the house separately. This means you can avoid heating unused spaces, which can further reduce energy consumption compared to radiators that heat the entire house at once.
- Lower Operating Temperatures: Water-based underfloor heating systems operate at lower temperatures compared to radiators, which typically require higher water temperatures to heat a room effectively. Lower operating temperatures result in reduced energy usage and lower heating bills over time.
- Reduced Heat Loss: Radiators can lose heat through convection and radiation, especially if they are located near cold surfaces like windows. In contrast, underfloor heating systems minimize heat loss and provide more consistent and efficient heating throughout the room.
- Energy Source: Water-based underfloor heating systems can be connected to various energy sources, including gas boilers, heat pumps, or renewable energy systems like solar thermal. Choosing an energy-efficient heat source can further reduce operating costs.
Overall, while the initial installation costs of water-based underfloor heating systems may be higher than traditional radiators, the long-term energy savings and improved efficiency often make them a more cost-effective heating solution in the majority of cases. However, it’s essential to consider factors such as property size, insulation levels, energy prices, and usage patterns when comparing the running costs of different heating systems.
Can I put a rug on a floor with underfloor heating?
Yes, you can put a rug on a floor with underfloor heating, but there are some important considerations to keep in mind to ensure safe and effective operation of the heating system:
- Choose the Right Rug: Select rugs made from materials that are good conductors of heat and allow heat to pass through efficiently. Natural materials like wool or cotton are typically better choices than synthetic materials. Avoid rugs with rubber or non-breathable backings, as they can trap heat and potentially damage the flooring or affect the performance of the heating system.
- Size and Thickness: Use rugs that are lightweight and have a low pile or thickness. Thick rugs or pads can act as insulators, reducing the heat transfer from the floor to the room above. Ensure that the rug covers only a small portion of the floor to allow heat to circulate freely.
What is the lifespan of underfloor heating?
Underfloor heating systems installed with pipes compliant with DIN 4726 can generally be expected to have a lifespan of several decades when properly installed and maintained. However, it’s essential to note that the standard itself does not provide a specific lifespan for underfloor heating systems. Instead, it establishes criteria for ensuring the quality and performance of the plastic piping used in these systems, which indirectly contributes to their durability and longevity.
Factors such as installation quality, maintenance practices, usage patterns, and environmental conditions will still play significant roles in determining the actual lifespan of underfloor heating systems, even when they comply with industry standards like DIN 4726. Regular inspections, adherence to manufacturer guidelines, and prompt repairs can help maximise the lifespan of underfloor heating systems and ensure optimal performance over time.
Is laminate flooring OK with underfloor heating?
Yes, laminate flooring is generally compatible with underfloor heating systems, but there are some important considerations to keep in mind to ensure safe and effective operation:
- Thickness: Opt for laminate flooring that is compatible with underfloor heating and has a thickness suitable for heat transfer. Thinner laminate flooring allows heat to pass through more efficiently, resulting in better performance of the underfloor heating system.
- Quality: Choose high-quality laminate flooring from reputable manufacturers that specifically state compatibility with underfloor heating systems. Inferior-quality laminate flooring may not be able to withstand the temperature fluctuations associated with underfloor heating, leading to warping, buckling, or other damage.
- Underlay: Use an underlay designed for use with underfloor heating systems to provide additional insulation and cushioning. Ensure that the underlay does not inhibit heat transfer from the underfloor heating system to the laminate flooring.
- Expansion Gaps: Leave expansion gaps around the perimeter of the room and at doorways to allow for natural expansion and contraction of the laminate flooring due to changes in temperature and humidity. Failure to provide adequate expansion space can result in buckling or gaps in the flooring.
- Temperature Settings: Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for temperature settings when using underfloor heating with laminate flooring. Avoid setting the temperature too high, as excessive heat can damage the laminate flooring and affect its longevity.
- Acclimatisation: Allow the laminate flooring to acclimate to the room temperature and humidity conditions for at least 48 hours before installation. This helps prevent issues such as warping or expansion after installation.
- Installation: Install the laminate flooring according to the manufacturer’s instructions, ensuring proper subfloor preparation and installation techniques. Avoid using adhesives or underlay that may hinder heat transfer from the underfloor heating system.
By considering these factors and following manufacturer recommendations, you can ensure that your laminate flooring is compatible with underfloor heating and enjoy efficient and comfortable heating throughout your home. Always consult with flooring and underfloor heating professionals for specific recommendations based on your unique circumstances.