Underfloor Heating Installation and Maintenance

Exothermic Installations Ltd professional installation and maintenance of all types of underfloor heating in the Swindon, Newbury and surrounding areas.

Underfloor heating is probably the most efficient and comfortable form of heating in a building. There are many types of underfloor heating but mainly 2 categories - Wet (hydronic) or Dry (electric).

A key design factor is to ensure correct heat output to the room without overheating the floor surface temperature. This is critical, as it can break up the screed, crack tiles and is uncomfortable on the feet for the occupants. As experienced heating engineers we are able to fully calculate all of the parameters to ensure comfort as well as safety.

We are able to install and maintain Underfloor heating and run it from all fuel sources; gas, oil, electric, wood, biomass and heat pumps. We can even integrate with solar thermal via a thermal store type of cylinder. Underfloor heating reduces fuel consumption, cuts costs and cuts carbon emissions, saving money and the environment. It may give a property a higher score on its energy performance rating.

As experienced Underfloor Heating installers and Registered Heating Professionals (RHP) and Registered Plumbers (RP) with the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineers (CIPHE). We Specify, Design, Install and maintain our domestic underfloor heating systems to best suit your individual situation and requirements. If its new build, extension or refurbishment - We provide a complete Underfloor heating installation and maintenance service from start to finish. We are fully insured and guarantee all our work, parts and labour for a minimum of 12 months.

Contact us today for for an estimate or a full quotation on our underfloor heating installation and maintenance services. You will be visited by an experienced and qualified Underfloor heating installer who will give friendly advise and may survey accordingly.

Wet Underfloor Heating - Hydronic

With wet or hydronic Underfloor heating there are different methods of heating the floor, either pipes buried in a screed laid on insulation or fitted to diffusion plates suspended between joists, among others. The best form being laid in the screed or in the concrete slab during the building process, though low profile systems covered with self levelling compound are fantastic for retrofit and suspended Underfloor heating situations.

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As warm water passes through the underfloor heating pipes buried in the screed, the screed warms up. As there is such a large thermal mass emitting heat , the water flow temperature is considerably lower, usually 35-45c compared to 70-80c with conventional radiator heating systems.

This gives a huge energy and carbon reduction especially if used with a Heat pump. The overall heat distribution within a room makes for a more comfortable living environment.

As the heat rises upwards it warms the whole body making it feel warmer at a lower temperature. Because of this effect thermostats can be set to a lower temperature, say 18c as opposed to 21c, further saving energy.

The heating system can also be weather compensated to reduce energy use even further. Every room can have its own independent time and temperature settings, in effect individual zones. These Underfloor heating zones can also be network linked to give remote viewing and control via the internet.

A key design factor with wet underfloor heating is to ensure that there is no oxygen permeability through the walls of the buried pipework, which affects its integrity and longevity. We only use Pex and AluPex pipework to minimise and ensure that this does not happen.

Contact us today with your requirements to see how we can help with your underfloor heating installation or maintenance.

Underfloor Electric Heating

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Dry or electric is most practical in small areas like kitchen and bathrooms or where "wet" or centrally heated underfloor heating is impractical - usually due to cost of installation, or inability to provide the required room heat output with such a small floor footprint.

With dry or electric there are different methods of heating the floor, either buried in a screed or laid on insulation or backer boards on top of screed or wooden floor. It can be beneath tiles, flooring or carpet. The heating can be a freeform cable or cable attached to matrix matting.

Each room can have its own independent time and temperature settings, in effect an individual zone. As the electric cables are heated they dissipate heat to their surrounding area. The overall heat distribution within a room makes for a more comfortable living environment.

As the heat rises upwards it warms the whole body making it feel warmer at a lower temperature. Because of this effect thermostats can be set to a lower temperature, say 18c as opposed to 21c, further saving energy.

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