Underfloor heating is the most luxurious form of heating as its radiant heat is evenly distributed throughout your home.
Hard floor surfaces are warm to the touch, there is no air being blown around it is totally silent. The system is totally hidden from view and, unlike radiators or surface mounted heat pumps, takes up no wall space. This makes it ideal for large open-plan homes or those with lots of glazing.
The heat from the underfloor system can be produced by air-to-water and geothermal heat pumps or by boilers fuelled by gas, diesel, or wood. This flexibility, coupled with economical running costs compared to other electric radiant systems, means that warm-water underfloor heating is becoming highly desired by Kiwi homeowners.
Underfloor heating is particularly well suited to buildings with high ceilings. The radiant effect of heat from the floor is effective up to a height of about two metres, so the problem of heat gathering at the top of the room is less than with other systems.
Because the heat source is at the feet, the perceived comfort level is greater. As a result, actual room temperatures can possibly be one or two degrees below those required with other systems – resulting in energy cost savings. However, if the system is used for only short periods of time and at infrequent intervals, radiator systems may return a lower running cost.
Central Heating New Zealand tailors all underfloor systems to ensure they are efficient and effective. We work with you or your project manager to ensure minimal disruption to timelines, physical property, and budget.
In a warm-water central heating system, pipework runs from the boiler to underfloor throughout the house. In a wood-framed home, pipes run through the framing timber like the electrical and plumbing services to the underfloor pipes. In a house constructed of concrete, pipes can be laid in the concrete slab.
To ensure even temperature is achieved throughout the home, the underfloor should ideally be in every room. In multi-storey homes, underfloor should also be placed in upstairs rooms and on landings. Based on the UK standard, allowance is made for 25% of heat rising to the next level in a well-insulated home. We, therefore, factor a reduced output requirement in our calculations for upper levels.
We take great pride knowing that we have transformed the lives of more than 8,000 families throughout New Zealand. That’s a myriad of heating combinations including air-to-water heat pumps, diesel boilers, radiators, underfloor piping, and gas boilers.
Our knowledgeable customer support team is here to help with all aspects of your home heating project. If you are interested in giving your feet a treat and installing underfloor central heating in your home contact us today.