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Heat pumps and underfloor heating in Penrith

Heat pumps and underfloor heating in Penrith

Incognito Heat Co were delighted to have been entrusted with developing a comprehensive Ground Source Heat Pump and Underfloor Heating strategy on this exciting project in Penrith.

To design a sustainable, energy efficient heating and hot water system that would keep our client and their young family in comfortable warmth through all seasons, and with copious amounts of hot water to cope with the very busiest bath and shower room rush hours.

The Location

Situated in the small hamlet of Melmerby, nestled next to the hills in the Eden Valley, on the outskirts of Penrith, this peaceful, quintessentially English countryside, forms the beautiful backdrop for this similarly impressive state of art new home.

Eden Valley, Penrith

The House

A well-appointed, contemporary executive detached home. In addition to large luxury open plan living areas on the ground floor, this house comes complete with 4 bedrooms and five bathrooms on the first floor.

It also has a large triple garage which houses our Nibe F1155 Ground Source Heat Pumps, hot water cylinder and heating buffer vessel.

The Ground Source Heat Pump and Underfloor Heating system in Penrith

As mentioned above, at the heart of this heating system is two Nibe F1155 inverter driven Ground Source Heat Pumps.

So why two heat pumps?

The larger output Ground Source Heat Pumps are designed to run off a 3-phase electricity supply Unfortunately a 3-phase electricity supply was not available on this site.

The largest single-phase Nibe Ground Source Heat Pump currently available is 12kw, which was short of what this property would need to provide comfort conditions in the depths of the winter.  

Heat Pumps Penrith

However, there was a perfect solution.

Insread of 1 heatpump, we installed 2 single phase Nibe F1155 units in cascade mode. The principal 12kw unit works as the master and the smaller 6kw unit works in slave mode. In this configuration, they work together intelligently, ensuring that exactly the right amount of energy is produced to provide warm comfortable conditions, and plenty of hot water in even the most extreme weather conditions.

The External Ground Loops

The energy to run this Ground Source Heat Pump System is extracted from the ground.

How?

At the rear of the property there is over 1,000 metres of 40mm ground loop heat collector pipework buried 1 metre below the surface, which is connected to the Ground Source Heat Pumps in the plant area.

This pipework is filled with a glycol heat transfer fluid which is diluted with water on site to the correct concentration level, ensuring that its antifreeze properties are not compromised. 

Whilst the Ground Source Heat Pump is in operational mode, and calling for heat, this fluid is circulated throughout the array of ground loops and delivered to the heat pumps in the plant room.

As this fluid is circulated, it collects low grade heat from the ground, which is delivered into the Heat Pumps Compressors, where they work their magic and turn this low-grade heat into high grade heat, sufficient to provide heating and hot water for the entire house.

Once this energy has been extracted, the then cooler glycol fluid is recirculated back through the ground loops where it is recharged with low grade heat. This process repeats until the system is fully satisfied.

Additional benefits

In addition to the super-efficient state of the art Renewable Energy Heating system described above, this client will benefit from:

  1. Incognito Heat Co are fully MCS accredited;

  2. We are also Nibe accredited VIP installers;

  3. Seven years of government RHI funding (Renewable Heat Incentive);

  4. Seven years Nibe manufactures warrantee.

The Underfloor Heating System

We designed and fitted a fully heat pump compatible Underfloor Heating System to all areas of both ground and first floors.

The system we used was our Ambiente AmbiTak tacker system.

This is a system where the underfloor heating pipes are run at 150mm centres and attached directly to the flooring insulation using barbed clips to hold pipework in place. This pipework is laid in loops and run back to a central manifold location. These manifolds are in turn connected back to the Ground Source Heat Pumps buffer vessel in the plant room via flow and return pipework. 

Once this is completed, the system is fully tested, and left under pressure.

The pipework is now be fully encased in a 55mm liquid floor screed, which provides the finished flat floor ready for the final floor coverings. This screed also provides thermal mass, which absorbs the heat from the Underfloor Heating System, which in turn transfers heat into the room.

Underfloor Heating Penrith

Underfloor Heating Controls

Each room has its own electronic programmable thermostat, connected to the network which enables all areas to be precisely controlled for time and temperature. The networkable facility enables the entire system to be remotely monitored and adjusted via your smart phone or tablet wherever you are in the world.

Anything different?

Well just a bit.

In addition to the main house, the underfloor heating system also extends into the properties integral triple garage.

Why?

Our client is an enthusiastic motor sports fan and works professionally in the Formula One industry, motor mechanics, bikes and engines are very important to him. 

So he will tend to spend a lot of his spare time working in this garage, which will double up as his workshop and why it is extremely important to him that this area is as warm and comfortable just as the rest of his living space within the main house.

So, the humble garage, which we normally associate as being a drafty cold area where we park our cars, and store our gardening equipment, is in this case a “not so humble garage” fully benefiting from the same levels of warmth and comfort as the main house.

As this will be effectively be an engineering environment with all additional weight and point loading that this activity will bring, the floor construction here is slightly different, with concrete being placed directly over the reinforced steel mesh to create a structural floor of sufficient strength.

It stands to reason, that our underfloor heating system we used here is slightly different as well.

The AmbiStructural system, this is essentially the same as used in main house, except the pipework is attached to the reinforced metal mesh, rather than directly to the flooring insulation.

Underfloor Heating Cumbria

Underfloor Heating Cumbria

Underfloor Heating Cumbria is on the up, not least because Cumbria Homes decided to add underfloor heating as an option to the homes at Carleton Manor Park in Penrith and as standard to the apartments in the Manor House. Incognito Heat Co are responsible for the design, supply and installation of the underfloor heating and floor screeds throughout the houses on this site. Cumbrian Homes developments can be found throughout Cumbria from the tranquil Eden Valley to historic Carlisle and here in Carleton, Penrith, on the edge of the beautiful Lake District National Park.  

Underfloor Heating Lake District Cumbria

Cumbrian Homes are no ordinary house builders in the Lake district, they believe that their clients should get to choose exactly what they want, and are proud of their “going the extra mile, customer led service".

Incognito Heat Co were delighted to have been chosen as Cumbrian Homes trusted underfloor heating and floor screeding specialist’s to carry out works when clients have selected underfloor heating, which is offered on this site as a luxury upgrade from the more traditional radiator heating systems.

Incognito Heat Co feel the same way about customer service, and are delighted that the majority of clients to purchase houses on this site have chosen our state of art underfloor heating systems for their homes in the Lake District in Cumbria.

Using our state of art rapid curing liquid floor screed over the underfloor heating systems means floors can be ready for their final covering (tiles, engineered timber, amtico or carpet) within 21 days of initial installation date. This is a drastic improvement on the more commonly used Anhydrite alternative which can take as long as 80 days plus (causing major headaches if you have a tight deadline to meet).

Cemfloor is a specially formulated polymer modified binder product that is used to create self-levelling, cementitious floor screeds.

Incognito Heat Co adopted this new screed material as soon as it was commercially available here in the UK in early 2017, and we’ve kept on having delighted customers ever since (including Cumbrian Homes) .

Not only does it give developers the very practical onsite benefits with the speed / quality of installation, and curing times.

It’s also a perfect match for our underfloor heating systems with its superior thermal conductivity, meaning heating systems are more reactive, and less costly to run. So it was an easy and exciting decision for Incognito Heat Co to switch to this new innovative material as soon as the benefits to developers and end users were apparent.

Underfloor Heating Lake District Cumbria

Photography by Vincent Hartman

Carleton Manor Park, Cumbria

The Cumbrian Homes Carleton Manor Park Development is in a highly desirable location in the heart of the Eden Valley and close to Penrith town centre. Building a real Stone build Manor House in the centre of the development is quite something. With prominent position across 'the green' the 'Manor' Apartment building is the visual feature of the development.  The large 'Manor' contains nine individual luxury Apartments and will all come with Underfloor Heating Cumbria, as standard.

To see more about this stunning development and how this Manor House with underfloor heating Cumbria will look like, have a look at this VIRTUAL TOUR.