Underfloor heating is the most luxurious form of heating as its radiant heat is evenly distributed throughout your home.
Hard floor surfaces are warm to the touch, there is no air being blown around it is totally silent. The system is totally hidden from view and, unlike radiators or surface mounted heat pumps, takes up no wall space. This makes it ideal for large open-plan homes or those with lots of glazing.
The heat from the underfloor system can be produced by air-to-water and geothermal heat pumps or by boilers fuelled by gas, diesel, or wood. This flexibility, coupled with economical running costs compared to other electric radiant systems, means that warm-water underfloor heating is becoming highly desired by Kiwi homeowners.
VarioComp is a system by Variotherm in Austria. It is a quick-reaction (30 minutes), light-weight underfloor system that can be used in both new and existing houses. The pipes used in the VarioComp system are installed in a reinforced gypsum board panel, which is installed over the structural floor or insulation. Then filled with a screed to fill the panel voids and provide a finished level for levelling compounds or floor coverings to be applied.
This is the most common warm water underfloor heating system installed in New Zealand because it is the most cost effective to install in a standard home with a concrete floor slab. Although requires special considerations from the architect and builder as well. A typical Kiwi Inslab system will provide heating to the room in around eight hours and is generally left on low continuously.
EzyMix European style screed underfloor system has created an extremely efficient method of in-floor heating. EzyMix screed floors can be installed in both new and existing concrete floor homes. Pipes are clipped to a high density insulation base which sits on top of the construction slab. A self-leveling EzyMix solution is then laid on the polystyrene covering the pipes. Almost 100% of the heat is emitted to the room.
Underfloor heating is particularly well suited to buildings with high ceilings. The radiant effect of heat from the floor is effective up to a height of about two metres, so the problem of heat gathering at the top of the room is less than with other systems.
Because the heat source is at the feet, the perceived comfort level is greater. As a result, actual room temperatures can possibly be one or two degrees below those required with other systems – resulting in energy cost savings. However, if the system is used for only short periods of time and at infrequent intervals, radiator systems may return a lower running cost.
We take great pride knowing that we have transformed the lives of more than 8,000 families throughout New Zealand. That's a myriad of heating combinations including air-to-water heat pumps, diesel boilers, radiators, underfloor piping, and gas boilers.
Our knowledgeable customer support team is here to help with all aspects of your home heating project. If you are interested in giving your feet a treat and installing underfloor central heating in your home contact us today.