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. 


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Screeded floor and underfloor heating, a good match?


A screeded floor and underfloor heating, is that a good match?

Both cast floors as well as underfloor heating are becoming increasingly popular. Underfloor heating in combination with a cast floor actually forms the perfect combination. Why choose cast floor underfloor heating? Which cast floors are suitable? In this article you can read all about it!

Can underfloor heating be combined with all the cast floors?

Cast floors are seamlessly molded and provided that the necessary precautions are in hand are protected from cracking. The choice in the type of cast floor and the build up of the floor construction are of great importance:

1. Polyurethane resin floor

One of the advantages of artificial resin floors is that you can combine it with underfloor heating, provided that you choose for a polyurethane (PU) cast floor.
A polyurethane cast floor is more elastic than epoxy self-levelling floors and is also more resistant to cracking. Also the small thickness (between two and three millimeters) makes this cast floor ideal in combination with underfloor heating.

2. Trowel floors with underfloor heating

Trowel floors or stone carpet can be very well combined with underfloor heating. This floor has a more open structure than other cast floors. Therefore, there is a perfect combination of isolation and permeability. That could lead to a power 30% lower power consumption than average with other types of floor covering.

3. Epoxy cast floor with underfloor heating

Epoxy cast floors are very popular, but unfortunately cannot be combined with underfloor heating. Epoxy can not budge-and turn off tensions. As the warmth of the underfloor heating can lead to expulsion (later contraction) cracks will occur.

4. Cement-bound cast floor on floor heating

Actually, cement-bound cast floors are not real cast floors. That’s because there is a lot of manual work required to get an even floor. The floor in a layer thickness of 2 to 20 mm is made up of cement, binders and various chemical additives. Yet it is not recommended in combination with underfloor heating Edinburgh.

5. Other types of seamless floors

Other types of cast floors such as terrazzo, concrete cire, mortex, etc. may also be combined with underfloor heating Edinburgh. Yet the risk of crack formation is always present. It is therefore advisable to always speak to an expert before making a cast floor with underfloor heating.

Benefits of combining underfloor heating with a cast floor

Cast floors and underfloor heating each have their advantages.
Also the combination of both have a lot to offer. With a combination of a cast floor and underfloor heating you will be guaranteed with a warm and comfortable feeling.
Moreover, you can save a lot on your energy usage and you give your interior a sleek and modern look.

Warm and comfortable feeling

The uniform structure of cast floors makes it pleasant to walk barefoot. 

In combination with underfloor heating, the heat under your feet is guaranteed as well.

Energy saving

With a cast floor an underfloor heating will you choose a very environmentally friendly combination. Cast floors can be fitted with very good insulation. Because of this they can hold the heat in a room very well.
With underfloor heating, the heating is much more regular and more economical because the space has a greater heat store. Also there is less energy consumed.

Sleek interior design

Cast floors are equivalent to a sleek interior. With underfloor heating radiators will not spoil that clean look.

When new, when can you turn the underfloor heating on?

When a new cast floor is just laid, you may not immediately turn on the underfloor heating. The floor must be left to harden for at least fourteen days.

To prevent cracks in the floor, do you better follow these rules:

1. Start with a central heating water temperature that is five degrees higher than the temperature in the room. Please note thist is water temperature, not the temperature of the thermostat.
2. Per twenty-four hours (or also longer) you increase the water temperature by five degrees, until you have reached a water temperature of about 40° c. Certainly do not go higher with the temperature!
3. Make sure that the watertemperature remains constant for 24 hours.
4. Also the cooling down the floor, has to be done step by step. Reduce the water temperature every 24 hours until you have reached the temperature with which you started.
5. For the best results, it is advised that you repeat this protocol a few times.


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