The Versatility of Underfloor Heating
There’s no denying that underfloor heating systems have become an increasingly popular option in homes in recent years. Thanks to significant advances in underfloor heating technology, we can now use the popular heating system in a variety of different properties, including historic buildings making it a versatile heating solution. But for every different property, there are different types of applications that are better suited to the property.
One of the most popular methods of installing underfloor heating is by laying it in screeded floors, particularly in new build properties. Laying underfloor heating with this method in extensions or where floors need to be replaced as part of a major renovation project is ideal.
Loops of hydronic pipe are laid over a damp proof membrane, protective layers and appropriate insulation material, before being fixed firmly into place using an anchorage system. The installation is completed by covering with screed to create a solid floor.
Aluminium Diffuser Plates
Another method of installation is with the use of aluminium diffuser plates. If you are not familiar with them, these are pre-formed sheets of aluminium that are fixed to wooden floor joists, with grooves to carry pipework.
This method of installing underfloor heating is frequently used for existing properties, on upper floors and particularly in historical buildings and its favoured as a means of introducing central heating for the first time. As it’s installed underfloor, it means that there is less chance of causing damage to the building and avoids potential damage to wood panelling, mouldings, or wall coverings.
Aluminium diffuser plates can also be used to install underfloor heating over solid floors by fixing wooden battens to the floor in a pattern which imitates floor joists. The diffuser plates can then be fixed to wooden battens in the same way to the joists, where the gaps between the battens are filed with insulation before laying pipework, then creating a new floor surface to cover the top.
Did you know that you can also install floating floors, or raised floors, with underfloor heating systems? This can be achieved by using an extruded polystyrene panel method. Panels come in a choice of thicknesses to suit the application, with pre-formed grooves to accommodate the hydronic pipework.
To add to underfloor heating’s versatile reputation, you can combine different methods of underfloor heating installation, so no one would even know the difference. The desire to have more open living space in a home is something that homeowners are striving to achieve, and even more, properties are being extended so that rooms are combined to create living, dining and kitchen spaces that flow nicely together. In these cases, installation methods across different zones in a renovated property can be combined. Once the floor covering has been successfully laid, no one would even notice that there are different types of heating systems going on underneath them.
But the versatility of underfloor heating doesn’t stop there. Within the same central heating system Omnia can combine underfloor heating systems with other products, which is increasingly popular. Underfloor heating is often installed on a ground floor with radiators on upper floors, providing rapid response to allow each occupant of the rooms to adjust them to their own preference. If you are going to combine products, we recommend that you stick to one manufacturer to ensure the consistency of the quality of the products and to make sure they all work efficiently together.
To get the most out of your underfloor heating system, no matter what kind of property you own, it’s pivotal to have an effective, easy-to-use control system like Nest Learning Thermostat. Whether you decide to operate your UFH on a single or multiple zones, you can use Nest Learning Thermostat to control your heating on your mobile wherever you are and to help save you energy. There are many different control systems available and Omnia can help guide you through them all until you find the one that suits you best.
To find out more about Omnia underfloor heating systems contact us on 01270 861100 or via email.