Incognito Heat Co were consulted at the initial pre-design stage of this proposed development, a stunning family home, with heat pump and underfloor heating, in an equally stunning location on the north east coast of Scotland, between Aberdeen and Dundee which enjoys panoramic views across the North Sea for this young family.
Working closely with the architects, Cowie Chartered Architects Ltd, and main contractor, Fotheringham Property Developments Limited, Incognito Heat Co were appointed to plan an efficient underfloor heating and a domestic hot water strategy. We were delighted to take up the challenge.
Why Underfloor Heating in Aberdeen and Dundee?
The first thing people think about when they hear about underfloor heating is mess. Everyone thinks installing underfloor heating in Aberdeen or Dundee is going to cause a huge mess in their home or commercial building. And, of course, that it’s going to be an expensive mess.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
When you work with the right installer, underfloor heating takes very little time, makes very little mess and, more importantly, it costs very little in the long run.
In fact, whether you change your existing flooring is up to you. If you’re in the middle of a refurbishment, then you probably already had it in the books. If you love your current flooring, installing pipes underneath it is perfectly doable – without harming it.
But that’s not all that underfloor heating brings to the table. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages
Benefits of underfloor heating
Improved thermal comfort: underfloor heating radiates heat from the floor to the roof. Unlike conventional heaters, it allows for a pleasant environment at a lower temperature.
Cost savings: underfloor heating is more efficient than conventional methods. The water in a radiator needs to be heated at 65-67 degrees Celsius. For underfloor heating, 27 to 29 degrees are enough. Plus, it doesn’t depend on oil prices rising due to political or economic instability.
Green energy: the water used in the pipes can be heated by heat pumps and pumped round with electricity obtained through solar panels or wind turbines. You can have your entire home running on renewable energy, thus helping the environment and your wallet.
Extra space and better design: tired of searching for clever ways to mask ugly radiators? Underfloor heating isn’t too pretty, either, but it’s completely out of sight. You can use the space where radiators used to be for a stylish decoration that gives every room a unique personality.
Better air quality: radiators circulate the same stale warm air through the room. Underfloor heating allows for fresh air circulation without harming the energy efficiency of the system.
Faster heating: the right underfloor system can heat your room in 20 minutes or less. That significantly faster than conventional radiators that need to heat the air around them first.
No energy loss: when you have a radiator in your home, you already know what opening the window above it does to your energy efficiency. You’re basically throwing money off that window. As the name says, underfloor heating heats the floor, which means that, even if you open the window, the energy loss is minimal.
Child friendly: Forget about baby-proofing metallic edges. Underfloor heating is safely tucked away. Plus, even the youngest members of your family can walk barefooted on a warm floor.
No maintenance: if your system is installed correctly, it will last for a lifetime without any maintenance work. Now this truly is long-term cost saving!
Want to reap some of these amazing benefits for yourself? Take a look at the process we implemented for our clients below:
Ground source heat pump and underfloor heating Aberdeen - Dundee
At the heart of our proposed system was a 3 phase 16kW Thermia Diplomat Duo Optimum ground source heat pump, with a 200 litre buffer vessel to serve the house's space underfloor heating, and 300 litre domestic hot cylinder to provide the house's domestic hot water requirements.