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HEAT PUMPS AND UNDERFLOOR HEATING

Underfloor heating on combination with a heat pump

Because classic heating systems are becoming too expensive and old-fashioned, many people are looking for alternatives. One of those alternatives is underfloor heating: you’ll save a lot of money and the maintenance is minimal. This will get even better when you run it on via a heat pump system, making heating your house even more environmentally friendly.

What is underfloor heating?

Underfloor heating is a heating system, where the heat is distributed through plastic pipes that are build into the floor. The heat transmission happens on a even basis by heat radiation of the floor area into the surrounding space. This is called radiant heat and is considered by most people as the most comfortable warmth.

Combine underfloor heating with a heat pump installation

You can connect a heat pump to a classic heating system, but by working with underfloor heating the return of the heat pump will be much higher. This has everything to do with the fact that the temperature of the underfloor heating is around 35 ° c, which is a relatively low temperature. This in combination with a heat pump is however, ideal. A heat pump works the best when the temperature of the delivery system is relatively low.

However, bear in mind that not all types of heat pumps are suitable for underfloor heating. An air-to-air heat pump, for example, is not compatible with underfloor heating. The other types of heat pumps convert heat from the outside air, ground water or soil in water and can be used for floor heating.

What are the advantages of floor heating via a heat pump?

An underfloor heating system based on a heat pump has several advantages. First, this system allows for a very low energy consumption. Underfloor heating already consumes less energy than a classic heating system, but the combination with a heat pump makes the whole thing even more energy friendly.

In addition, underfloor heating is healthier because there are no dust particles released and the relative humidity is better. Because the heat is emitted from from below, your feet are warmed up and that gives a pleasant feeling.

Finally, with underfloor heating you keep your walls free from radiators. So you can take full advantage of the space as well. In addition, you don’t have the sounds that can occur in radiators.

The advantages of underfloor heating in combination with a heat pump at a glance:

  • Very low power consumption
  • Underfloor heating is healthier
  • No radiators needed
  • Comfortable

What else is important?

If you have the combination of underfloor heating and a heat pump and you want it to work optimally it is necessary that your home is well insulated. 

https://www.incognitoheatco.com/news/2017/4/20/energy-efficient-home-in-east-lothian

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The value of the Dutch task chair directive NPR 1813 for the UK market.

In The Netherlands there is an addition to the European Standard EN 1335 for office task seating. The directive NPR 1813 gives further advise for the procurement and advise for office furniture and office operator chairs. But why do the Dutch think they need it and is it of any use here in the UK? 

The international Dutch population

To answer that question we have to start with the facts.

The NPR 1813 is created in 1990 and at the time it was the guide in the current Dutch standards for Office chairs and desking. In the years that followed European standards for Office furniture were developed whereby the NPR 1813 was an explanation on the European legislation. An explanation for The Netherlands only, an exceptional position so to speak. Dutch people love rules or to put ot in another way: Dutch do not like rules but keeping the structure that it entails. They themselves think in terms of self-reliance and confidence in each other’s sincere welwillingness and like to be challenged very time. Exceptions to the rules, how often we hear people around us complaining about this, Daily? It is therefore all the more strange that more and more rules are frawn up, fabricated and changed again. The NPR 1813 is a perfect example of this. The NPR 1813 is based on “the different body sizes of the Dutchman”, that is warrented in addition to European legislation on Office furniture. These ‘ different sizes “are based (solely) on the figures from the NTA 8500 report from 2007. (!)
Short and sweet: the Dutch population has such other body sizes in comparison to the rest of Europe that they need an additional line of furniture that is sold in the country.

 

Ergonomics at Amos Beech in Scotland

It is fair to say that the average Dutchman is taller than the avarage European, let alone the average Scot. Ther is a reason why Fotograaf Zwolle is sitting on a BMA chair and that is not because it is made in Zwolle! But are there so many of them around that is makes sense for workplace consultant Amos Beech to start selling Dutch office furniture? We see it as follows: The NPR is a typical Dutch rule where only a few will benefit. Having said that, Our working population in cities loke Edinbugh (the whole world is there), Aberdeen (a lot of Dutch and Americans because of the Oil industry) and a great multicultiral mix in Glasgow. So if you want to standardise office furniture and seating to fit a tiny Asian lady, a tall Dutchman and a chunky German then you may want to consider task seating that comply to the NPR 1813 and desking that is adjustable in height with a minimal interval of 62 – 82 cm.

http://www.amosbeech.com/office-furniture/

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