An introduction to underfloor heating


Underfloor heating vs Radiators

  • Lower fuel costs compared to traditional radiators
  • Ideal partner to renewable energy heating with heat pumps
  • No risk of burning due to low surface temperatures
  • Low maintenance and long life (50 years on the underfloor pipework)
  • Walls free from radiators
  • Less air movement due to lower convection currents 


Floor coverings that work well

  • Ceramic and Stone - least heat resistance used with a flexible adhesive to allow for small amounts of expansion and contraction
  • Vinyl - offers low heat resistance and whilst most plastic and vinyl floors are suitable, checking with the manufacture to ensure the chosen vinyl is suitable.
  • Wooden floors - work well with design temperatures not exceeding 27 deg C. Care must be taken to ensure that the timber does not exceed 10% when laid to prevent movement in the floor as it dries out.
  • Carpets - Highest heat resistance so a combined underlay and carpet should not exceed 2.5 TOG


Warm and cheaper to run.

Innovate design services in Doncaster specialise in heat pumps, biomass and underfloor heating. It has now become the preferred form of space heating within the UK due to it's increased efficiency and even thermal comfort. Working at lower temperatures and controled to keep a constant ambient temperature throughout the property and individually for each zone.