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HPM April 2015

Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com UNDERFLOORHEATING A heating system homeowners love Heather Oliver, production development manager at Nu-Heat, offers five good reasons to start installing underfloor heating... With so many benefits to offer to a homeowner, warm water underfloor heating (UFH) is fast becoming a mainstream heating system, sitting alongside the traditional radiator. This is good news for installers as UFH is an extremely flexible solution that can be installed in virtually any project, from single room spruce-ups to a complete new-build. Whatever the project, it’s highly likely that you can suggest an UFH system to suit. If you’ve never installed UFH before, or are undecided on whether it’s the right move for you, here are five reasons why you should add UFH to your current offering. SURPRISINGLY AFFORDABLE UFH is a heating system that homeowners love, and it’s surprisingly affordable. UFH is becoming more popular and as a result, more people are researching the suitability of this type of heating system for their home. It offers a host of benefits that make it an obvious choice over radiators, especially in a new build where the system is both affordable and straightforward to install. A comfortable heating profile, an even heat and the luxurious feel of warm tiles under foot make UFH a desirable option for the majority of homeowners. Another key benefit is that UFH frees up valuable space that would otherwise be taken up by radiators, meaning that fixtures, fittings and furniture can be placed wherever the homeowner chooses. If the choice is between a designer radiator and UFH, the price difference is likely to be minimal and UFH certainly offers far more benefits for both the installer and the homeowner. SUITABLE FOR VIRTUALLY ANY PROJECT Because UF H is suitable for virtually any type of project, it’s a great product to offer as you can recommend it, and its benefits, in most situations. A standard screed UFH system is affordable and quick to install in a new build property or extension. It fits neatly into any build schedule, so is an easy choice for a homeowner who’s looking for an efficient heating system for their self-build project. Retrofit systems, generally gypsum panels that hold the UFH tube, are simply laid directly over the existing floor in a renovation project. There is also a high heat output option with, a retrofit system that was developed for use in WWW.HPMMAG.COM Installers who can add underfloor heating to their repertoire will see a number of benefits not only for themselves, but for the homeowner as well properties where it’s difficult to increase levels of insulation, or where there are large amounts of glazing. These retrofit solutions offer a very low height build-up and cause minimal disruption, making UFH an appealing option in even more homes. Many systems are also available as off-the-shelf packs for single areas, or OneZones, suitable for kitchens, living spaces and conservatories. As the system covers one heating zone, there are fewer materials, so are usually cheaper to buy, and are simple to fit, without the need for a system design. JUST AS EASY AS RADIATORS UFH is simple to install, even if you’ve never worked with this type of system before. This is mostly thanks to the wide range of solutions on the market that have been specifically designed for various scenarios - whether you’re installing UFH throughout a new build, on ground floor and upper floors, in a renovation directly over the existing floor, or just updating the heating in a single space such as a kitchen. There are some good suppliers that happily offer support for installers working with their products, providing tube layout drawings and electrical diagrams as standard, as well as a technical team to help troubleshoot over the phone and guide you through your first few UFH installations. There are also various UFH courses across the country that you can attend to familiarise yourself with the key components of UFH and the different types of system. MOST COMPATIBLE SOLUTION FOR HEAT PUMPS With rising fuel bills and the attractive prospect of repayments through the Renewable Heat 72 APRIL 2015 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY Incentive, heat pumps are becoming a common choice for homeowners without access to mains gas. This is great news if you are able to install UFH, as it’s the ideal partner for heat pumps because it requires much lower flow temperatures than radiators, allowing the heat pump to operate efficiently. In fact, UFH is approximately 40% more efficient than radiators when paired with a heat pump. With the savings in fuel bills and no need for over-sized radiators on the walls, UFH is an easy winner for any project where a heat pump is the main heat source. A HELPING HAND One of the great things about offering UFH is that there are suppliers out there that want to help you to provide a high quality heating system by offering solutions that are easy to install and exceed your customers’ expectations. A good supplier will generally take on all of the technical background work to guarantee that the UFH performs throughout the year, providing sufficient heat for the property and not just taking the chill off of the floor. You won’t have to worry about calculating heat losses for every project, as the supplier will have advanced software for this. A comprehensive system design will work out exactly how much UFH tube and other components you will need and package these up room-by-room to make it easier for you on site. If you haven’t yet installed UFH, there’s never been a better time. You already have all of the skills you need, so what are you waiting for? enquiry number 154


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