• Why underfloor heating ?

    Warm water is circulated through a series of pipes laid in the floor at the time of construction. These pipes are of the highest standard and form a continuous loop between two central manifolds. Each room has its own circuit and is individually controlled, putting the heat exactly where you want it.

  • Why should I choose underfloor heating ?

    Underfloor heating is cheaper to run, easy to install and it is not an expensive option. Underfloor heating is also a better kind of heat and warms the room more evenly.

    Larger installations are usually a combination of 2 or more underfloor heating mats or cables wired in parallel up to a maximum of 3,680 watts or 16 amps.

    Alternatively, for areas in excess of the above or where only a single thermostat is required for large areas, a contactor can be used; this will control up to a maximum of 22K/w (22,000 watts) of heating mats/cables or 96 amps loading.

  • What fuel does Underfloor heating run on?

    You can use any kind of fuel to warm the water that circulates through the Underfloor heating system pipes

  • Will it work with my choice of boiler?

    Your Underfloor heating system will have its own pump, temperature blending valve and flow controls. All it needs is a supply of warm water which can be produced by most normal domestic boilers

  • Will electric underfloor heating also warm my room?

    This will depend on the U Value of your room. U Value is an industry term for the total measure of resistance of each component that makes up the fabric of the building. Simply put, this means that old buildings will lose heat faster than modern buildings where the latest materials are incorporated. Under floor heating insulation will go a long way towards offsetting these drawbacks, helping to retain the heat within the room.

    Underfloor heating acts like a large, low level radiator gently heating the room from the feet up, this requires approximately 15% less energy to feel the same level of comfort experienced using convection heating.

  • Will electric underfloor heating provide enough heat for my conservatory?

    With a good level of floor insulation and the correct choice of floor heating mats/cables to get the maximum coverage and output, then in most circumstances under floor heating will provide the required room temperature.

    Most conservatories are not required to pass any building regulation U Values, so depending on the type of glass structure you have, supplemental heating may be required for odd occasions like cold winter nights.

  • How can I control the under floor heating to come on and go off?

    Each installation is thermostatically controlled using a digital interface and floor sensor to monitor the underfloor heating system within 1° C of your temperature settings. A thermostat can be selected to control either the floor only temperature (comfort heating) or the ambient, room and floor (primary heating) temperature.

    All thermosats have 4 on/off settings within any 24 hour period, allowing complete control of the floor heating to suit your lifestyle and come with either a 2 or 3 year manufacturer’s guarantee.

  • What extra height will the under floor cable heating mat add to my floor?

    This will depend on the size of the cable heating mat but an allowance of an extra 4 mm to your planned finished height is a reasonable figure.

  • Is all wood and laminate flooring suitable for use with underfloor heating systems?

    Most manufacturers approve their flooring products to be used with underfloor heating, but it is always advisable to check with your supplier that your wood or laminate flooring is suitable for use over under floor heating, before ordering.

  • Can I fit carpets on top of the underfloor heating?

    Yes, you can have carpets as long as the underlay and carpets do not exceed 1.5 tog. This means you cannot have too thick an underlay as it will hold back all the heat.

  • Can it work with heat pumps?

    Underfloor heating works well with heat pumps as they give a constant low heat temperature. This sort of heat pump works very well with larger projects, unlike extensions, where they become costly.

  • Can it work with solar panel heating?

    Solar panels can either be used for hot water, which doesn’t affect the heating, or it can be used for heating. As with heat pumps, the water is at a lower temperature than a normal boiler. This is ideal for underfloor heating, because this also works at low temperatures. Care should be taken when designing underfloor heating, as the flow temperature depends on underfloor heating pipe work centres.

  • Why should i go for the Solar Water Heating System for my home?
    • solar energy is renewable, abundant and a natural energy source;
    • the rooftop of the average New Zealand house collects about 50 times as much energy from solar as is required for water heating
    • With a solar water heating system you’ll also be helping to reduce New Zealand’s dependence on non-renewable energy sources.

    Solar Water Heating system can:

    • be easily integrated into the existing water heating systems of buildings;
    • Reduce energy bills and impact on the environment
    • Produce zero net emissions of greenhouse gases

    Add value to your home

    As energy efficiency becomes an increasingly hot topic in New Zealand, installing solar water heating may add to your resale value. It also protects you against potential energy price rises in years to come.

  • Is solar water heating system right for me?

    The design and location of your house determine how easy it is to have solar water heating installed, and how well the system performs.

    You’ll need a section of roof that:

    • Faces north (or close to it)
    • Has good, all year-round sun
    • Is large enough to accommodate collector panels, which usually means roughly 1m2 for each person in the house
    • Is near the hot water tank, your bathroom or laundry.

    In an existing house you may need to add pipes in parts of the house that are hard to access. You may also need to add structural framing in the roof so it can carry the extra load of the panels and tank.