WARMAFLOOR UNDERFLOOR HEATING & COOLING
12 LITTLE PARK FARM ROAD
HAMPSHIRE PO15 5TD
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Underfloor heating and cooling specialist Warmafloor, provide heating and cooling systems for commercial and domestic clients. Warmafloor have a unique ability,providing a full service from design to to supply, installation and commissioning.
The Warmafloor Tacker System is a new system developed for use in conjunction with the latest laminated insulation panels to provide a more secure method of pipe fixing than the clip rail system. The insulation panels are expanded polystyrene laminated with a fabric polythene re-enforcing foil. The foil is water resistant and is provided with overlaps on two adjacent sides to cover adjacent panels.
Warmafloor systems can be incorporated within load bearing structural floors in a variety of applications from warehouses to sports complexes. Over a compacted and level hardcore bed insulation panels of the required density and thickness are laid and covered with vapour barrier. Edge insulation is incorporated around the area to be heated and a wire fixing grid is then laid over the entire area.
There are generally two types of suspended timber floors, standard timber joists and engineered timber joists. Warmafloor can provide a system for both applications.
Floating floor system is for use where underfloor heating is to be installed on concrete floors where a dry finish to the floor is required, not a screed topping.
The Warmafloor raised access floor (RAF) system provides warm water underfloor heating / cooling into standard raised access floors.
Underfloor Heating & Cooling Systems for Sports halls, Assembly halls and dance studios etc.
Underfloor Heating can be installed in most types of wooden floors quite effectively. Care must be taken in the design of the system and the flooring materials used to ensure a trouble free system.
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- Wavin Group Entry
- Hepworth Clay & Terracotta
- Hep2O Push-fit Plumbing
- Hep2O Underfloor Heating & Cooling
- Osma Drainage
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Why underfloor heating is a great choice for low carbon systems
In most houses, a large part of the energy consumption is for the heating and so choosing a low carbon system is not only the most sustainable option but can also the most cost-effective option too.
Why low carbon heating
Low carbon heating will have lower running costs than traditional non-renewable fuels, however installation can be expensive. This can make them difficult to justify on a cost basis overall. As part of its pledge to achieve net zero carbon emission by 2050, the UK has a number initiatives which may make a low carbon heating system more attractive to home owners in the long run. The government’s new green grants scheme offers financial incentives for anyone choosing to switch from a traditional gas boiler to a more eco-friendly alternative. The ongoing renewable heat incentive is also a scheme that provides financial incentives to support renewable heating systems. With the government also stopping the installation of new gas boilers from 2025, renewable and low carbon systems look set to become a much more popular choice for home-owners of the future.
What low carbon heating sources are available?
There are a number of different low carbon heat sources to choose from. Each has its own pros and cons.
Air source heat pumps extract heat from the outside and air and can extract heat in temperatures as low as -15°. They will use electricity to work the pump and in conjunction with a correctly designed system overall the heat output is greater than the electricity input.
Ground source heat pumps extract heat from the ground using pipes buried in the ground. They are considered an efficient low carbon heat source however they deliver lower levels of heat over longer periods of time than a traditional boiler. They also require energy or electricity to work the pump. For both ground and air source heat pumps space is required inside and outside of the home.
Wood heating or biomass heaters as they are also referred use burn chips, pellets or logs and are usually a cost-effective heat source. Whilst burning wood does release carbon dioxide it is approximately the same amount that was absorbed by the tree during the time that it was growing. There are also emissions associated with the cultivation, processing and transportation of wood but these can be minimised by wood that is locally produced.
Solar thermal power can heat water and also power underfloor heating (using a wet system). Solar PV panels convert solar energy into electricity which can be used to power the appliances around the home including underfloor heating. Solar panels are only able to generate renewable energy in daylight, however the power can be stored in a solar battery for use when the solar panels are not generating heat. The effectiveness of solar panels will depend very much on which way the roof faces and installation will also require space both inside and outside the house.
Micro CHP is not strictly speaking a renewable energy source it does offer a more cost and environmentally friendly choice than standard boilers. Micro CHPs systems use mains gas or LPG to provide heat but also generate electricity at the same time.
Hybrid systems combine renewable technology with a traditional boiler and so will use a combination of renewable and non-renewable heat sources. It will automatically switch between the two systems depending on which is most energy efficient at any given time.
Why use underfloor heating with renewable energy sources?
Whilst all of the different options for renewable heat sources are efficient overall, they do not always provide the high level of heat required at one time to power traditional radiators. In order to ensure the efficiency of the whole system for renewable heat sources such as air and ground heat sources and solar thermal power, heating appliances need to make the most of the heat available and combine with increased insulation to keep the house at a comfortable temperature.
Underfloor heating provides a mix of heat radiated from the floor and convection heat – creating a comfortable and constant temperature between the floor and ceiling. Radiators heat the air which is then moved around the room by convection. As they also have a smaller surface area than an underfloor heating system, greater temperatures are required to achieve a comfortable living environment.
Both underfloor heating and air or ground source heat pumps will work best when left on all of the time. The lag time in heating and cooling of an underfloor heating system means that it does not work best when switched on and off and is best left on at a lower temperature for longer periods of time. Heat pumps are designed to be left on for long periods of time heating water to the lower temperatures that are used by underfloor heating.
Smart control systems can also be installed with underfloor heating systems optimising the usage of heat between different rooms depending on their requirements.
Contact Warmafloor to find out more about how underfloor heating can help to future proof your heating system for a low carbon future.
A class apart in underfloor heating and cooling solutions for schools
A class apart in underfloor heating and cooling solutions for schools
With over 30 years of experience pioneering and installing underfloor heating and cooling systems, and specifically with more than 1,300 successful school projects behind us, Warmafloor is a class apart as a project partner for your next school build.
We’ve drawn together here some of the key facets of our expertise, and the benefits we can deliver to contractors, building owners, managers, and the children and teachers who get to enjoy an efficient, comfortable, safe and healthy learning environment.