If your project is new construction or a major renovation, underfloor heating can be an efficient and visually unobtrusive solution
Underfloor Heating systems are fast becoming the most popular form of heating for new build houses in the UK. They produce uncluttered, comfortable spaces with fewer draughts and work well in combination with energy efficient condensing boilers.
Underfloor systems produce a 'zoned' house by default due to the way they're installed. Yet, the benefits of this are rarely exploited by the simple controls usually fitted.
Each room will have one or more 'loops' of heat-emitting pipe buried in the floor, each loop being run in a serpentine pattern so as to cover the entire floor area. The two ends of each loop are connected to a Manifold, which may have an electric control valve (one for each loop) controlling the water flow.
In most systems, the electric control valve is connected to a wall-mounted thermostat, which controls the temperature in the room. Timed operation is usually provided by a timeclock, acting on the whole manifold, or perhaps centrally at the boiler, acting on the whole house. Thus it is not possible to set different rooms to different temperatures at different times of the day, or to put rooms into and out of use, other than by manual adjustment of the thermostat.
By adopting the Hometronic Underfloor Heating Controller each room can be individually controlled automatically. Times and temperatures can be set centrally and are sent automatically to the Underfloor Heating Controller (mounted next to the manifold, usually in a cupboard) via radio.
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