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Why choose underfloor heating?

Underfloor heating tends to be the more popular choice for new builds with hard surface floors and modern aesthetics.

Consistent temperature day and night

Due to the large thermal mass of a concrete slab, it takes less energy to keep its temperature stable than allowing it to cool down.

No interior compromise

Warm water is gently circulating through pipes encapsulated within the slab so the system is effectively invisible with no restrictions to furniture placements.

Warm floors

Since the heat is radiating from the floor, its surface is nice and warm underfoot.

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Underfloor heating

Visibility

The beauty of underfloor heating is precisely in the name - Underfloor! As the warm water circulates through pipes encapsulated within the slab, the system is effectively invisible so there is no interior compromise.

Responsiveness

Underfloor systems benefit from the large thermal mass of your concrete slab and thus is able to retain stored energy and cool down at a slower rate, leaving your home warm when switched off.

Underfloor heating is designed to be left on for long periods of time, which may not sound very efficient, but can be programmed to maintain a minimum temperature so it never need start from cold.

This can be enhanced by adding weather compensation which uses a sensor to react to outdoor temperature changes.

Read more about outdoor temperature compensation.

Heating of floor directly

Underfloor central heating heats the floor directly, which adds nice comfort underfoot to houses with polished concrete or tiled floors. You can imagine the luxury of stepping onto warm tiled floors in the depths of a South Island winter - or anywhere in New Zealand for that matter.

Radiators

Visibility

Not all radiators look like they belong in a hospital, and we offer a variety of styles from classic to modern to suit the look and feel of your home. All models are crafted in Italy and come in a range of aesthetically pleasing designs and lengths. Make them a feature or blend them into the background.

Responsiveness

Radiators responsiveness is near instantaneous, complimented with them being very easy to control. Thermostatic heads are fitted onto the radiators and allow you to select the desired temperature and once that temperature is reached, the thermostatic head senses this and turns the radiator off.

Radiators are a great option to install as they allow you to set different temperatures for different parts of the house and heat the house quickly when required.

Heating of floor indirectly

Radiators heat the floor more indirectly than underfloor heating does, but don't be concerned because they will not only heat the air in the room, but also all the objects in the room for increased comfort. Additionally, if you were to open a window or ranch slider to allow air flow, the room will remain warm from radiant heat.

Underfloor FAQ's

What fuel does underfloor heating run on?

An underfloor system can be heated by a boiler or air to water heat pump and the energy source is decided by the cheapest available fuel in your region e.g; natural gas, LPG, diesel or wood. The choice of a wood burning boiler (wetback on a large wood fire), however requires effort on your part to keep the wood fire burning constantly.

Does the diesel or gas travel through the floor?

No, the fuel is used to heat water which is then circulated through the floor.

Will the heated floor also heat my house?

Yes, the floor radiates heat upward into the room keeping the space at a comfortable temperature.

Are there any types of floor not suitable with underfloor central heating?

Underfloor heating works best with a concrete floor structure. Wood is a great insulator so we recommend radiator heating for houses with wooden floor structures.

How do I control my underfloor heating system to turn on and off?

We can supply a range of control options from programmable thermostats (which control the slab temperature) to the more advanced temperature compensated solutions which measure the outside temperature and pre-emptively modulate the system up and down.

Can I use the system to heat my hot water for showers or to heat my pool?

Yes, we have the ability to use the heat source for more than one job. The advanced control systems allow the boiler to start on demand for each duty and produce the right temperature water for each job.

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