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Underfloor Heating - What you need to know

In 1996, the original Underfloor Heating department was set-up. Fast forward to 2017 and a new Renewables Division was established incorporating all the best the Pipelife Group has to offer. We cover every aspect of underfloor heating and integrated renewables and deliver a fully designed, energy efficient systems to a range of Installers, Developers, builders, Engineers & Architects.

 

We have a proven track record of over 20 years service and commitment to the industry backed by exceptionally trained staff and a dedicated technical backup service. Combining all of these aspects results in an outstandingsystem, delivered in a professional and highly skilled manner second to none!

 

A PRODUCT FOR EVERY PROJECT


Our full range of underfloor heating solutions are made to suit any room, are manufactured from quality materials and complimented by our comprehensive range of controls.


Whether you’re building a new house, adding an extension or renovating your home, we can help you find the right system for your project.


Our solutions are built to work efficiently with a range of floor coverings, from solid wood to tile and many more. They are ideal for large open plan living spaces and small en-suites alike.

 

What we offer -

  • Bespoke Systems
  • Backup Service
  • Integrated Systems
  • In House Specialise Design Software
  • Stand Alone Systems
  • Unrivalled Expertise
  • Technical Know How
  • Commitment to You
  • 20+ Year's Experience
  • Peace of Mind
  • Backup Service
  • Latest Technology Used

 

Modern underfloor heating systems are clean, comfortable, and economical to run, virtually maintenance free and offer tremendous energy saving potential.

Underfloor Heating - How it Works?

Modern underfloor heating systems are clean, comfortable, and economical to run, virtually maintenance free and offer tremendous energy saving potential.

 

Conventional heating systems (using convector radiators) provide warmth within a space or building by heating the air in the room. By comparison, UFH transfers heat from a very large surface area, which is only slightly warmer than the room. Floors are warmer and the floor to ceiling temperature and humidity levels remain more constant producing a more comfortable environment for occupants. The heated floor operates at low temperatures and will not cause convection drafts or circulation of dust within the room.

          


The floor surface temperature required is usually quite low and very close to the actual room temperature and always below 29ºC in occupied areas to achieve an acceptable degree of comfort. It is essential however, that floor coverings do not provide too great a degree of insulation or the heat in the UFH system may not be able to raise the room temperature to its design level.

 

The basic operation of a water-based underfloor heating system is pipe embedded within a concrete screed with warm water circulating through the pipe work allowing for the gradual heating of the screed and eventual emitting of heat from the floor into the room. The heat is concentrated where it is most needed for human comfort and energy efficiency.

 

It is quite common to have a mixed system in one building where underfloor heating is used throughout the ground floor and radiators are used in the upper floors / bedroom areas, where only sporadic heat is required. Both systems can be operated off one boiler, but will need different time controls due to the different response times. The only exception to this is where UFH is required for a single room. In this case Pipelife have a special pump / control unit available which allows a single underfloor heating circuit to be connected to a radiator heating system.

Design Service

At Pipelife, our Heating Engineers design a system to meet the client’s requirements by working in conjunction with them. By entering in the key factors to a specialist software package, we can determine the heat requirement for each room / zone to produce optimum comfort levels.


Our Underfloor Heating Department have been working hard implementing constructive changes in line with the Pipelife continual development plan and have come up with a new combination of materials and controls which will provide a reliable and cost effective control at a very competitive price.


In making these changes we have decreased the design time and now provide the most technically advanced systems at a very competitive price.


Our Design Engineers produce a pipe layout drawing for every individual project showing the configuration of each of the loops and the position of the manifold. A full design specification is produced detailing the design criteria and guidelines from the initial process of installing the pipe to the commissioning of the system and controls layout. This design is always project specific and each design is tailored to suit the client’s requirements.


To obtain a quotation simply forward a good quality set of drawings to Pipelife, either directly by email or via a plumbing contractor / Pipelife stockist.


For experienced UFH installers who take full responsibility for their own designs Pipelife offers a simple quotation and component supply service. This option includes the following:

 

  • Electrical Specification and layout
  • Zone cutting list and pipe spacing measurements
  • Free after sales technical backup phone service (Technical call outs available at extra cost)
  • 50 year warranty on Qual-PEX pipe and 1 year manufacturer’s warranty for ancillary components.

 

Pipelife accepts full responsibility for the design of the system and the specification and supply of materials. As anadded re-assurance, for the customer, Pipelife carries professional indemnity insurance to cover all designs.

 

Plus Heat Pump technology is the ideal heat source for underfloor heating due to the low operating temperature required. The design engineers at Pipelife can design a heating system that combines both Heat Pump technology and underfloor heating. 

 

So, what are you waiting for? True Warmth is just a call or click away.

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