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Your Complete Guide to Commercial Underfloor Heating

August 17, 2020

Over the years, the popularity of commercial underfloor heating has reached new heights. More and more companies have been recently investing in state-of-the-art underfloor heating systems as a way to conserve energy, boost productivity of workers and promote comfort and safety. If you’re also considering to install commercial underfloor heating, below are some key things you need to know.

What is a Commercial Underfloor Heating?

Underfloor heating is ideal for many properties. It eliminates the use clunky radiators and frees up space so you can maximize your property’s square footage. It’s an energy efficient solution that warms the property because the heat produced stays in the lower part of the structure.

It can either be a dry or a wet system, depending on the power source used. For the dry or electrical system, a series of wires or electrical mats are installed underneath the flooring. Typically, this system can last up to 50 years, if installed properly.

Then there’s the wet or hydronic system which makes use of series of water pipes. Heated water coming from the broiler flows through the pipes and warms the flooring and the air above it. The system can also last long, provided that it’s regularly maintained.

Dry vs Wet Systems – Which is the Better Option?

To choose the between the two systems, you need to consider the running costs, installation costs, type of your project, heating and cooling time, and maintenance requirements. Whether its a mesh underfloorheating system or a tacker underfloor heating system also plays a role. 

If you’re looking for a system that’s cheap to run, easy to install even on renovation projects, requires little to zero maintenance, and heats and cools fast then the dry system is your choice. If you’d like something that’s cost-effective to run, cools down slower, and works best in a low temperature environment, the wet system is the ideal option.

The wet system is the ideal choice for commercial properties, especially large warehouses, public spaces, events halls and reception areas. The radiant heat produced from the system warms the place longer than the electrical system.

Benefits of Commercial Underfloor Heating

Installing underfloor heating is a great investment for commercial properties. Compared to traditional radiators, commercial underfloor heating provides greater advantages. For starters, the heat produced from the system does not dissipate quickly, which means, the building gets to retain heat better. This also lessens the use of energy to heat the structure, and ultimately the reduces the building’s carbon footprint.

Also, because underfloor system produces vertical heat, the entire place is warmed evenly. You won’t find any cold spots unlike when you use a conventional radiator system. Workers or customers would feel comfortable walking around an evenly heated space.

Having an underfloor heating installed also boosts cleanliness and reduces health risks in a building. This is because the dampness level in the area is relatively low. It discourages dust mites and other pests to breed. And, because of the high temperature of the flooring and the warm air, bacterial growth is also significantly reduced.

Additionally, it can eliminate or minimise slipping or falling, which is very common in busy commercial spaces such as warehouses and factories.

Lastly, because this type of heating system is installed underneath the flooring, you can maximise the available space. In the absence of a large radiator system, you can easily rearrange the furnishings, decors and even tools and equipment in the area.   

Commercial Underfloor Heating Installation

Commercial underfloor heating installation is best left to experienced professionals. It will help you ensure that the pipes or heating mats installed function properly. The approach varies depending on whether you’re doing a renovation or if you wish to install the heating system while building a new structure. 

The installation procedure will also vary depending on whether you will install a dry or wet underfloor heating system. For the hydronic system, you will definitely need a professional to arrange the pipes and have them connected to the heat pump. The process would also require to install an insulation layer plus screed.

For the electrical system, they will need to install the insulation layer and the heating mats. Then they need to connect them to the power source and install the temperature probes so you can have an accurate thermostat reading.

Install Commercial Underfloor Heating Today!

Having quality commercial underfloor heating is a good investment for your business. It’s no longer a luxurious add-on, but an essential feature that will help you boost the structure’s energy efficiency and reduce your carbon footprint. It can also minimise health risks caused by dust mites and other kinds of crawlies. The best part, is that with an underfloor heating installed, everyone in the space will feel comfy especially during a cold winter day.

Are you ready to install a commercial underfloor heating system today? Euro Plumbing can help you with your project. We can also help you with pipe repairs and replacing existing or damaged manifold.

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