Compared to traditional radiators, underfloor heating is far more efficient when heating a home as it provides a steady, even temperature throughout the house. Firebird Ireland
Suitable for both new build and upgrade projects, “wet” underfloor heating is the most efficient way to provide space heating as it is up to 25% more efficient than traditional radiators.
Heat is supplied directly to the floor as radiant heat (distributed evenly), creating a more comfortable environment than the air provided by conventional radiators. Underfloor heating generally runs at around 45°C as opposed to 80°C used in radiator systems, thereby saving on energy and running costs, especially when used with a renewable heat source such as the Firebird
How does a water underfloor heating system work?
A “wet” underfloor heating system is like a giant radiator at floor level. A series of plastic pipes are connected to a heat source to circulate warm water throughout the floor to heat the space by producing radiant heat. Since the floor (the radiator) is so large and the heat is more evenly distributed, it only needs to run at a low temperature to heat the room. This means that the water flowing around the floor needs to be at a far lower temperature than a traditional radiator system.
The diagrams illustrate how the heat travels around the room in a radiator system (left) and in an underfloor heating system (right). The underfloor heating system heats the living area in the room, whilst the heat from the radiator system collects at the ceiling – a much less efficient heating method.
Following a basic sequence of operation, a typical controlled underfloor heating system will respond to the heat demand in the property as required.
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The underfloor heating system works in the same way as a radiator system does when linked to a boiler in a traditional heating system. The water and air temperature are controlled through the
Ideal for New Builds and Home Upgrades
The Multilayer Pipe with an embedded aluminium layer is oxygen tight. Despite being highly flexible, this multilayer pipe is characterised by high tenacity and fatigue strength. Polyethylene of raised temperature resistance: due to the unique molecular structure, a crosslinking is not necessary to achieve a long term temperature stability. Coextrusion: all layers being produced simultaneously: therefore a homogeneous and very stable material bonding is created. Due to the layer technology, the oxygen barrier is protected from mechanical damage.
The Multilayer Piping is available in 50m, 100m, 200m, 300m, 500m and 1000m.
|Max. Operating Pressure (ISO 10508) at 70°C||6 Bar|
|Standard Colour Inside||Transparent|
|Standard Colour Outside||White|
|Other Colours||On Request|
|Packing||Carton, Foil or Stretch Wrapped|
Ideal for New Builds and Home Upgrades.
Essentially the manifold allows for every loop of piping in a building to be connected to and from the manifold in a single continuous length with no fittings in between, completely removing the possibility of joint leaks. If there is a fault with an individual circuit or maintenance is required, that circuit can simply be turned “off”. The 1-12 port manifolds are supplied complete with flowmeters for ease of commissioning. Also included within the manifold are fill and drain ports, automatic air vents and fixing brackets.
Using a wide range of wired and radio controlled systems, including app enabled technology, room temperatures can be individually controlled, allowing the occupier maximum flexibility, whilst increasing the energy efficiency of the building.
With the rail system, the fixing of the underfloor heating pipes takes place with the help of the self-adhesive fixing rails. A rail installation has the advantage that the heating circuits can be changed as desired without damaging the underlaying insulation. It provides a good acoustic as the impact noise insulation is not penetrated.
Water based underfloor systems work by turning the entire floor into one large low temperature radiator, which is heated via a network of pipes that are embedded within the floor. Since the floor is so large, it only needs to run at a low temperature to heat the room. This means that the water that flows around the floor needs to be at a far lower temperature than a traditional radiator system. A wide range of products are available to control the water flow and temperature including Control Packs, Thermostatic Mixing Valves and Weather Compensators.
A typical drawing and material list supplied when purchasing your Underfloor Heating package from Firebird.