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The 10 most frequently asked questions about underfloor heating

Eventhough underfloor heating has long outgrown its infancy, installers must still hear gohst stories every day. And that while the system of the future, gives the energy efficiency, comfort and all the space-saving you will ever want! Underfloor heating experts Incognito Underfloor heating explains here the 10 most frequently asked questions.

1. Is it true that underfloor causes thick feet?

Very much from the early days, usually associated with electric underfloor heating, which is difficult to control, but also with the first water filled underfloor heating systems, where the water temperature was set too high. This allowed contact temperatures to reach over 35 °c. These days Incognito Underfloor Heating Edinburgh uses an underfloor heating system with a maximum contact temperature of 29 °c to 27 °c. Only in peripheral areas (walking zones) where people usually don’t standing still fgo long, a contact temperature ofg up to 33 °c can be set if required. Underfloor heating is also healthier because there is no dust displacement like you have with the circulation heat from radiators. A great asset for allergy sufferers.

2. Is underfloor heating suitable for wooden floors?

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These days, underfloor heating can be installed just about under all floor coverings, tiles, cork, cast floors, carpet and wooden floors as well. Incognito will then set the temperature to a maximum of up to 27 °c, to prevent the wood from drying out. It is important to discuss the right humidity of the wood with the fitter of the wooden floor. Would you like extra large rugs and carpets? Then choose carpets specially suitable for underfloor heating. They can be identified with the a symbol of underfloor heating. Small carpets or ‘runners’ are, in any case, no problem.

3. Can I get it warm enough with underfloor heating?

Because underfloor heating is a ‘low temperature system’, it is sometimes thought that it is not really warm in the room. But the power required for the heat loss calculation is exactly the same with traditional radiators. The difference is in the heat transmittion, and that is very much depending on the heating element. Underfloor heating is radiant heat (= comfortable heat), which warms the whole surface to ‘human height’, and can dom that with much lower temperatures. A radiator has higher temperatures because it needs to heat the the whole area through air circulation, with significantly heating surface.

4. How much space will I lose in height with the floor buildup?

At traditional underfloor heating screed has a height of at least 6 cm. The remaining available height can best be filled with insulation. Lower floor construction is also possible, for example in the case of renovation with the use of the thinnest screeded underfloor heating system.

5. How can I regulate the temperature in different rooms?

With different loops individual areas can be heated separately. But the big advantage is that you hardly have to. Given the slowness of the heating system, it is not recommended to turn off the installation completely.
With a pre-programmed thermosstat you can set the temperature to a minimum night reduction, and also during your holiday you only need to lower the temperature slightly. This is more energy efficient than the complete turning off of the system.

6. Can underfloor heating (low temperatures) be connected to an existing radiator system (high temperatures)?

This is possible provided that a manifold is used with a reduced temperature regime. Underfloor heating can perfectly be installed in an individual apartment, without the neighbors getting involved. A devide between the high temperature system and the surface heating is possible via a distribution station or manifold which the installer can place in an adjoining room or storage space.

7. Would you advise to keep radiators for the upper floor or additional heating?

Better not. In earlier days the House was heated with maximum boiler temperatures and it was useful to turn the heating in unused areas off. With underfloor heating it is the best to run the whole system, so you get the same ‘comfortable heat’. In bathrooms, or next to the sofa, some people may prefer it to have extra heating. For this is wall heating is ideal, so you don’t loose any space with radiators.

8. What happens with maintenance or in case of a leak?

Thanks to the low temperatures and low water flow speed, a leak is highly unlikely during normal use of the installation, with no apparent damage to the tube. If a penetration or damage to a tube would occur, then the tube can be restored. Maintenance is not necessary, unless in case of a prolonged period of non usage when theunderfloor heating is switched off (months/years). It is then recommended to have the installation flushed by a professional underfloor heating installer to prevent algae formation.

9. Can you fit underfloor heating under kitchen cabinets?

In places where cabinets are likely to be permanet it is unnecessary to fit underfloor heating. Under a cooking Island, however, we recommend that you do fit underfloor heating so that at a later redesign of the kitchen you can benefit from it. It is recommended though to place insulation board under the refrigerator.

10. Can I still position cabinets on the floor?

Definitely. Today the more open cabinets and smaller racks are preferred, so the heat can circulate easily. Not having radiators is an important benefit in the freedom of the interior design after all.

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