Subheat asks – Price or Performance?

I can recall many instances over the past 10 years where I have been called out and inspected a faulty under floor heating installation, I discovered that the under floor heating systems generally have been designed­­ on the border of normal operation to, I assume, reduce the overall amount of the materials required, and thereby make the cost for the project more attractive against rival companies, but at what cost to the end user?

The customer may have saved money by purchasing a cheaper system but what has been sacrificed with particular regard to the performance of the underfloor heating system? Surely the opportunityThe customer may have saved money by purchasing a cheaper system but what has been sacrificed with particular regard to the performance of the underfloor heating system? Surely the opportunityThe customer may have saved money by purchasing a cheaper system but what has been sacrificed with particular regard to the performance of the underfloor heating system? Surely the opportunity

The customer may have saved money by purchasing a cheaper system but what has been sacrificed with particular regard to the performance of the underfloor heating system? Surely the opportunity

There are a lot of companies out there that take the energy values from published articles and tables and apply theseThe customer may have saved money by purchasing a cheaper system but what has been sacrificed with particular regard to the performance of the underfloor heating system? Surely the opportunity in a generic form to create a solution to your energy needs; I believe those companies should take the more factual route, my advice to anyone seeking a high quality underfloor heating system is to ask questions like;

“What heat output per square meter has my system been designed to deliver?”
“What would happen if I switched from a tiThe customer may have saved money by purchasing a cheaper system but what has been sacrificed with particular regard to the performance of the underfloor heating system? Surely the opportunityled surface to a carpet with a high Tog value?”
“What would happen if at a later stage I switched from gas boiler to high efficiency heat pump?”
“What software did you use to dThe customer may have saved money by purchasing a cheaper system but what has been sacrificed with particular regard to the performance of the underfloor heating system? Surely the opportunityesign my heating system?”

There are installers just sketching there designs if that, and using a pipe centre spacing to give out a heat output recommended by the manufacturers, but are you aware of the implications if they have not taken into account for the all the important factors involved for the buildings heat requirements that caThe customer may have saved money by purchasing a cheaper system but what has been sacrificed with particular regard to the performance of the underfloor heating system? Surely the opportunityn lead to over sizing. Have the pressure restrictions been adequately calculated for, which may cause the pumps being inadequately sized? Have they the resources to calculate the exact length of underfloor heating pipe and heat loss running in each zone?

There’s an old saying that still stands true today, “buy cheap, pay twice” but in this instance it’s more like “buy cheap, buy several times” because how are you going to quantify the cost of an inadequately installed underfloor heating installation after your finished floor surfaces are down. I believe very careful consideration needs to take place, that you have the right person with relevant experience, because you need to get the maximum benefits from your underfloor heating and more importantly I believe as new energy sources come along how will your underfloor system cope with this new technology?
My question is as always potential clients considering an underfloor heating system is this;
Price or Performance, buyer beware.

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