Frequently Asked QuestionsHeat Pumps, Pool Heating and Solar FAQ's
Heat Pumps and Pool Heating
How does a domestic heat pump work?
A heat pump works like an air conditioner in reverse. It uses a relatively small amount of electricity to extract heat from the surrounding air and then heats water with this energy. Click here for more information »
How much money will a heat pump save me?
How long does a heat pump take to heat water?
What is the average payback for a heat pump system?
How long will it take to install a heat pump?
How hot can a heat pump system make the water?
How much maintenance and service is required?
Can I use a heat pump water heating system with my existing hot water system?
What are the advantages of heat pumps over solar collectors?
What is the life expectancy of a heat pump system?
Radiant Under-Floor Heating
How does radiant under-floor heating work?
Why is radiant superior to other heating methods?
Warmth throughout the heated area is more constant and evenly distributed than with any other heating system, including your standard forced-air system, where the air rises, cools and then falls to the floor. Through the correct design and allocation of thermostats you can prissily control each room to the perfect temperature of your choosing.
Can I use the radiant under-floor heating system as a sole heat source?
Absolutely. It also supplements other heat sources very well. Eg. Fireplaces and Air-Conditioners. If/when there is additional heating energy into the room, the UFH running output is simply reduced by the same amount as the alternative system is putting into that area.
Can it be integrated with a bathroom towel rails?
Yes, with our water based heating system it can be. This is the most energy efficient way of heating your towel rails during the winter season. Some units have a dual electrical heating Element for use in summer time too.
Is it reliable?
Owing to the minimal number of moving parts in water-based underfloor heating, and given the recommended annual service, this is a highly reliable heating system.
Do I need ‘oxygen barrier’ tubing?
For normal domestic heating systems it is not necessary. Oxygen barrier piping is recommended for larger industrial type systems where large volumes of water are moved around. This will help to prolong the life of pumps and prevents certain components from
What are the maintenance requirements of such a system?
An annual service is recommended. We also recommend that the system is run for 30 min once or twice in the summer months just to avoid any problems that may arise from the system sitting all summer.
How energy efficient is a heat pump?
Depending on the ambient temperature of the air outside, you may be saving anywhere between 60% to 70% on your underfloor heating running costs in comparison to an equally sized electrical heating system.
Can we install radiant water-based under-floor heating in an existing home?
Yes you can. However the pipework requires a minimum of a 50mm screed over the pipes or around 65mm screed over the pipes if they are above floating thermal floor insulation.
E.g. 30mm Iso board.
Can I control the temperature of each room individually?
Yes, depending on how we design the system you are able to divide your home up into as big or small segments as you please.
Can I integrate my water based heating with other house hold functions?
Depending on your design, size of project and of cause your budget, multiple functions can be joined into one system. Under floor heating, Domestic hot water systems and pool heating can all be run from the same system. This is however not always the most efficient or cost effective way to go. Ask our consultant what is best for your particular project.