Underfloor heating installation in Estepona, and Sotogrande
If you’re looking for a reliable and professional underfloor heating system installer in Estepona, and Sotogrande, then we can help. Our specialist team can install all types of underfloor heating and repair wet systems.
Underfloor heating in Estepona, and Sotogrande– what is it and what are its benefits?
For many homeowners, radiators are not an ideal solution. They take up far too much wall space and much of the extra heat they generate is often blocked off partly or fully by furniture that’s put in front of it. You end up paying a lot of money to heat the back of your sofa while you and your family feel the need to put extra clothing on to keep warm.
Underfloor heating is a solution that more, and more homeowners in Estepona, or Sotogrande are turning to so that they can keep their rooms at the temperature they want and rid of their walls of unsightly radiators.
It can be laid directly over the existing floor, adding as little as 15mm total height build-up.
To find out if it’s suitable for your home, why not get in touch with us and speak to a Nireva3 underfloor heating installer?
Water or electric – which types of underfloor heating are best?
With warm water underfloor heating systems, heated water is pumped around the property via a series of pipes embedded in the floor. Warm water systems are ideally suited to larger properties or those with lower levels of insulation, due to their higher heat output. These systems can be paired with renewables such as an air or ground source heat pump.
Electric underfloor heating consists of cables that are laid over the floor deck. These systems and kits are perfect for installation in small areas like bathrooms. They heat up quickly but don’t retain the heat as well as warm water
Nireva3’s underfloor heating installers in Estepona, AJD Sotogrande specialise in wet systems which pump hot water through the pipes under your floor.
Electric underfloor heating
We usually install electric (dry) underfloor heating in bathrooms that will be tiled over as it is generally expensive to run in large areas.
Your Underfloor heating Heating Specialist in Estepona, and Sotogrande
Why do homeowners invest in underfloor heating in Estepona, and Sotogrande?
The heat from the underfloor pipes rises to provide warmth to your home and the temperature is fully controllable.
You can choose the temperature you want for each room in which you’ve installed your underfloor heating system.
Energy experts agree that underfloor heating means lower energy bills because they don’t have to work as hard to provide you with the warmth you want as radiators do.
How much does underfloor heating cost to install and run?
Warm water underfloor heating is really efficient – around 25% more efficient than radiators when paired with a modern condensing boiler, and up to 40% more efficient when running from a heat pump. Because of this, running costs are often lower than a traditional radiator system, and around a third of the cost of an equivalent electric underfloor heating system.
Warm water underfloor heating has up to 50 years warranty
Which rooms can I install underfloor heating in?
The most popular rooms for underfloor heating installation are the bathroom, bedrooms, kitchen, and living room.
We’re being asked more and more by clients to retrospectively fit underfloor heating in their conservatories so that they can get better use out of them during the colder months.
How long will your underfloor heating installers take?
A wet system takes between 2-4 days for a team of underfloor heating installers to fit. The rooms which you’ve selected the system for will require some preparation so that we can lay the pipes in the places necessary to provide the desired level of heat. Part of the installation process is fitting insulation under the pipes so that little or no heat is lost to the floor.
Which floor coverings work best with underfloor heating?
Stone and ceramic
Hard flooring is the most efficient type of floor covering for use with underfloor heating. Stone, marble, polished screed or ceramic tiles are the most thermally conductive floor coverings, allowing the energy to transfer quickly to the surface. Flagstones take longer to reach the right temperature, but the heat emitted will be the same as with a thinner stone.
Timber and engineered wood
Engineered timber flooring is the best wooden floor option for use with underfloor heating because it performs well with fluctuating temperatures. Solid hardwoods and softwoods also transfer heat well, but it is essential to get the right thickness of the wood. Parquet can also be used as long as it is continuously glued to the screed or timber deck for good heat transfer.
Engineered boards are more stable than solid wood boards, but the lower operating temperature of underfloor heating means that most solid timbers can be used successfully, although these must be well-seasoned or kiln-dried.
It is important to remember the ‘rug effect’! If you put a rug on a wooden floor laid over underfloor heating the trapped heat could damage the wooden floor. Always check your floor is suitable before installing underfloor heating.
Laminates and vinyl
These are practical and versatile flooring choices, but it’s important to check the manufacturer’s recommended maximum floor surface temperature to ensure the floor covering is compatible with underfloor heating.
We recommend fitting a floor temperature sensor to protect more sensitive floor coverings.
Are carpets suitable for underfloor heating?
Both water and electric underfloor heating can be used under carpet, but the combined tog rating of the carpet and underlay can be no more than 2.5. Otherwise, it will act as an insulator and stop sufficient heat from reaching the room. Using carpet is feasible as long as the tog value (including the underlay) doesn’t exceed 2.5 and ideally is less than 1.5. Felt and rubber underlay may be less efficient than waffle-backed foam underlay.
Can I have underfloor heating upstairs or in an apartment in Estepona, and Sotogrande?
For underfloor heating on upper floors, can be fitted between or over the joists using a metal diffuser plate. These are installed from below before the ceiling is in place or above, before the floor deck is fitted, adding no height to the upstairs floor level
How is underfloor heating controlled – do I need new thermostats?
There is a range of thermostats to suit every home, from simple use dial thermostats to smart control and home automation-enabled wired, wireless solutions with individual room-by-room temperature control and scheduling. We can even hide your thermostats away.
Dial thermostats allow you to set basic heating schedules and switch to holiday mode when you are going away
Programmable thermostats offer flexible control, allowing you to zone different rooms or areas of your house
Wired or wireless smart thermostats give you control of your underfloor heating from anywhere with an internet connection
You can even connect your underfloor heating to your smartphone by installing an app, with certain packages. There is compatible with Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa.
Can I use underfloor heating with heat pumps and solar panels?
If you’re creating a more eco-friendly home, many types of underfloor heating can be paired with renewable options like solar thermal panels, or air source or ground source heat pumps.
I have a boiler and radiators – can I have underfloor heating too?
No special boiler needed – underfloor heating works with gas, oil and LPG boilers as well as heat pumps. Underfloor heating can also be run alongside your existing heating system.
Will my pets be safe sleeping on underfloor heating?
Underfloor heating is sure that the pets will be very happy. Underfloor heating is fine for dogs, cats and toddlers to sleep on.
The underfloor heating tubes are extremely strong and will not leak. You would have to physically puncture the tube to create a leak, which takes considerable effort! There are never any joins in the tube other than at the manifold, so there are no weak points in the system where a leak could sprout.
Different underfloor heating systems offer different heat outputs and response times.
You can have warm water underfloor heating in just one room. Often customers would like to include underfloor heating in a new extension without updating their heating system, and this is entirely possible. They can even run directly off an existing radiator circuit.
Electric underfloor heating is better for bathrooms and kitchens
The cheaper initial cost of electric underfloor heating may seem tempting when installing in an area like a kitchen or bathroom, but as it’s an electric system, it is significantly more expensive to run – around three times the cost of warm water one – so it is best suited to smaller areas.
Warm water underfloor heating is made up of many more components, so it does cost a little more upfront and to install. But you benefit from far lower running costs going forward, and it’s 25% more efficient than a radiator system.
There’s little point in installing electric underfloor heating in a large space if you can never use it due to eye-watering monthly bills.
Get in touch with Nireva3 in Estepona, and Sotogrande team for a visit from one of our expert underfloor heating engineers
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