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Underfloor Heating Systems

Heating systems are designed to provide warmth to indoor spaces, ensuring comfort during colder months. There are various types of heating systems, including central heating, radiant heating, forced-air systems, and more.

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The types of Hercuglas Renewables's Underfloor Heating Systems

Traditional Underfloor Heating:

Traditional underfloor heating systems involve embedding heating pipes or cables within the floor structure, often in a concrete screed layer. These pipes or cables carry warm water or electric current, heating the floor and subsequently radiating heat into the room. Traditional systems tend to have a greater thickness and take longer to warm up, but they offer excellent heat distribution once they reach the desired temperature.

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  • Provides consistent and even heat distribution across the floor and room.
  • Can be used with various types of flooring, including tile, stone, and concrete.
  • Effective in heating larger areas.

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  • Requires sufficient floor height to accommodate the installation.
  • Longer warm-up times compared to some other heating methods.

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Low-Profile Underfloor Heating System:

Low-profile underfloor heating systems are designed to minimize the impact on floor height. They use specially designed panels or mats that are installed directly on top of the existing subfloor. These panels contain channels for the heating pipes or electric cables. This type of system allows for quicker warm-up times compared to traditional systems due to reduced thermal mass.

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  • Minimal impact on floor height, making them suitable for retrofit projects.
  • Quicker warm-up times due to reduced thermal mass.
  • Compatible with a wide range of floor coverings.

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  • May not provide as even heat distribution as traditional systems for larger areas.
  • Installation methods and materials can vary, so it's important to follow manufacturer guidelines.

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Choosing Between Traditional and Low-Profile Systems: The choice between traditional and low-profile underfloor heating systems depends on factors such as the building's construction, available floor height, room layout, and personal preferences. Traditional systems are well-suited for new constructions where floor height is not a constraint. On the other hand, low-profile systems are ideal for retrofit projects or instances where floor height needs to be minimized.

Before selecting a specific system, it's important to consider factors like the type of flooring, the heating requirements of the space, available installation space, and the specific manufacturer's recommendations.


1. Design and Planning:

  • Assess the heating needs of the building, taking into account factors like square footage, insulation, and local climate.
  • Decide on the type of heating system you want to install, including underfloor infrared radiant heating.
  • Design the layout of the underfloor heating system, including the placement of pipes and radiant panels.
  • Determine the location for cylinders and tanks, considering factors like accessibility and available space.

2. Gather Materials and Equipment:

  • Procure all the necessary components, including underfloor heating panels, pipes, controls (thermostats, timers, etc.), cylinders, and tanks.
  • Ensure that you have the appropriate tools for installation, such as pipe cutters, wrenches, and electrical tools.

3. Installation

  • Prepare the subfloor for the underfloor heating system. This may involve cleaning the surface and ensuring it's level and free from debris.
  • Install the underfloor heating panels or mats according to the manufacturer's instructions. These will house the heating pipes.
  • Lay out and secure the heating pipes within the underfloor panels. Connect the pipes to the appropriate manifolds.
  • Install the cylinders and tanks in their designated locations, connecting them to the heating system as needed.

4. Connect Controls and Plumbing:

  • Install the heating system controls, including thermostats, timers, and any smart home integration if applicable.
  • Connect the heating system to the electrical supply, ensuring proper wiring and safety measures.
  • Connect the heating system to the plumbing system, ensuring proper water flow and connections to the cylinders and tanks.

5. Testing and Commissioning:

  • Fill the heating system with water and perform a pressure test to check for leaks in the pipes and connections.
  • Test the heating system to ensure that it's functioning as intended. Check the underfloor heating, cylinders, tanks, and controls.
  • Fine-tune the system settings to achieve the desired temperature and efficiency.
  • Educate the building occupants about how to use the heating system effectively.

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