Underfloor Heating, Chippenham, Wiltshire

55 sqm concrete floor underfloor heating for Chippenham.  Four underfloor heating zones.  As below;

– Family room – 110 m – one room thermostat

– Study – 50 m – one room thermostat

– Utility – 50 m – one room thermostat

– Hall/WC – 90 m – one room thermostat

Below is the underfloor heating specification;

Boiler Capacity and Specification

The maximum heat output that can be achieved from the ufh system is 5 kW or 17,000 BTU/hr.

Maximum heat output for underfloor heating systems is 100 W/m2 for concrete floors and 70 W/m2 for timber suspended floors. For any underfloor heating system to work efficiently the property needs to be built to current building regulations and no rooms should lose more than the above output. Carpet and underlay together must not exceed 2.5 Tog.

Condensing boilers are very efficient with underfloor heating. When using combination boilers you must check with the manufacturer that the boiler can be fitted with a secondary pump.

Underfloor heating systems can be mixed with conventional radiator systems.  Please note that the underfloor heating system needs to be a completely separate system , i.e. the flow and return for the underfloor heating needs to go all the way back to the boiler, normal control is by 2 port valves, like a normal S-Plan system.

We recommend a minimum of 50 mm of Polyurethane insulation for the underfloor heating system. This is very high quality insulation and can be used for both concrete and timber suspended floor constructions.  All insulation requirements should comply with current building regulations.

We do notsupply insulation. Any builder’s merchant will stock insulation such as Xtratherm or Kingspan.  The quote is based on clipping the pipe direct to the insulation board.  Use a minimum of 65 mm of screed on top of the insulation for concrete floors, for timber suspended floors see website.    Plastic sheets must not be laid on top of the pipes.

Moisture Contents in the Screed and Floorboards

The screed must be allowed to dry for a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks before the heating is operated. As the system is used for the first time, the mixing valve must be set to minimum setting to let the moisture in the screed dry out. The temperature should be increased by two degrees every day until the mixing valve is set at 45°C.

Floorboards must have moisture content lower than 7 % before they are installed. We do not recommend floorboards thicker than 25 mm, see website link under technical for more information about floorboards.  Always check with the manufacturers of any floor finish that it will work with underfloor heating.

As these areas are very small, extra heat might be needed. Therefore it is standard practice to install towel rails in these areas, combined with the underfloor heating.

We strongly recommend that the plumber installs ball valveson the flow & return feeding the ufh system. This is in case the pump and mixing valve would need any servicing in the future.

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