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Commercial Underfloor Heating
Commercial underfloor heating is a cost-efficient and space-saving solution for your premises. Regular maintenance is necessary to ensure your underfloor heating system remains safe and effective all year round.
At Robinsons Facilities Services, our team of expert engineers are available for commercial underfloor heating maintenance and repairs throughout Yorkshire and the surrounding areas. We’ll keep your heating systems running at peak performance while reducing the risk of breakdowns.
Contact our Yorkshire head office today at 01423 226578 for a free quote.
Interested in learning more about commercial underfloor heating (UFH) and our approach? Continue reading below to hear from our commercial heating solutions experts.
What Is Commercial Underfloor Heating (UFH)
Underfloor heating is a method of heating an indoor space by installing a heating system under the floor. As the heat rises, this provides a comfortable, efficient, and cost-effective way of heating larger spaces for a reduced cost.
Types of Underfloor Heating Systems
There are two main types of underfloor heating systems.
Wet underfloor heating systems rely on a network of pipes filled with water or other fluids to transfer heat
If your system has commercial underfloor heating manifolds, then it’s a wet heating system. These manifolds are the distribution centres for all of the pipes and, therefore, require regular maintenance.
Dry systems are often much cheaper to install. These systems use electrical coils instead of water to provide heat. Dry underfloor heating systems may require less maintenance, but it all depends on the unique system in question as well as the installation.
Benefits of Commercial Underfloor Heating
Underfloor heating has a variety of benefits which is why it is a popular choice for commercial buildings.
- Space-saving: It uses less space than having radiators or heaters scattered around the building.
- Flexibility: Commercial underfloor heating can be used in conjunction with other forms of heating, such as solar power or heat pumps. It can also be installed under a variety of different flooring.
- Cost-effective: Commercial underfloor heating is often cheaper to run than traditional forms of heating, such as boilers.
- Comfort: The feel of underfloor heating on your feet can be particularly comfortable and it provides even heat distribution around the space.
- Hygienic: Commercial underfloor heating can help to reduce a buildup of bacteria or even fungus from the warm and moist setting of a radiator.
Commercial Underfloor Heating Issues
If your commercial underfloor heating system is not working properly, it is important to get it fixed as soon as possible. A number of things can go wrong with an underfloor heating system, such as:
- Pipes freezing
- Leaking from the pipes or manifold
- Thermostats not working properly
- Floors becoming too hot
If your system is not working as expected or you fear it could become a hazard, make sure you act swiftly.
Robinsons Facilities Services offers UFH maintenance and repairs throughout Yorkshire. Our accredited engineers know how vital it is to do the job with minimal disruption and can get you back up and running.
Commercial Underfloor Heating With Renewable Energy Sources
Commercial underfloor heating systems are an excellent match for renewable and eco-friendly power sources for several reasons.
Firstly, underfloor heating systems operate at low temperatures, so they are highly compatible with low-grade heat sources, like ground-source heat pumps or solar thermal collectors. These heat sources can efficiently supply the energy needed to run underfloor heating systems, reducing the reliance on fossil fuels.
Even heat distribution
Underfloor heating systems also distribute heat evenly across a room, creating a comfortable and consistent temperature and reducing demand for additional heating or cooling. As such, less energy is required to maintain a comfortable indoor environment, leading to lower energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Advanced control systems
Many commercial underfloor heating systems are highly efficient and can be easily controlled and regulated using advanced energy management systems. Their use can be monitored and optimised in this way.
Commercial Underfloor Heating Maintenance
Commercial underfloor heating needs regular maintenance to ensure that it’s running smoothly. Though you do not have to get the system checked every 6 or 12 months like some other heaters, it is your responsibility to keep the premises safe.
Maintenance generally includes:
- Address temperature imbalances: if your system is providing an uneven heat distribution, regular maintenance will be able to identify the problem and fix it quickly.
- Bleeding: this process removes trapped air which could affect the distribution of heat from your UFH system.
- Flushing: forces warm water at high pressure through the pipes along with anti-corrosion chemicals to dislodge rust and sludge buildup.
- Thermostat inspection: ensures the system is working correctly so that your UFH is performing at peak efficiency.
- Monitor energy use: regular UFH servicing will spot any spikes in energy use which could point to a system malfunction
Commercial Underfloor Heating Yorkshire: Our Services
At Robinsons Facilities Services, our team of accredited engineers have years of experience providing commercial underfloor heating service and maintenance across Yorkshire.
Our packages include
Planned Preventative Maintenance
Our most popular package, with a Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) contract, we’ll work with you to create a maintenance schedule for your commercial underfloor heating. Our professionals will conduct regular site visits to ensure your existing UFH system is running smoothly and efficiently.
If you’d prefer a more “as and when” service, our engineers are only a phone call away. As a trusted underfloor heating specialist in Yorkshire, we offer a fast and efficient reactive-only repairs service.
Emergency Call Outs
Need us in an emergency? We’re there. At Robinsons Facilities Services, we offer a 24-7-365 call-out facility for businesses across Yorkshire.
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Commercial Underfloor Heating
Underfloor heating systems are built to last for 50 years or even longer. This is much longer than a traditional radiator and should be considered when calculating your investment.
Many people leave underfloor heating on for the whole day during winter. This is because it generally takes longer to warm up than some other heating methods.
In some circumstances, retrofitting underfloor heating can be a big job. Also, there is a downside in the fact that the heating can take longer to get to the desired temperature than other methods.
It can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 4 hours for underfloor heating to heat up. The time depends on factors, such as the type and thickness of the insulation and the amount of time the heating was off.
In most scenarios, you can install underfloor heating without getting planning permission. However, we always recommend checking with your local planning authority.
Commercial underfloor heating can be extremely efficient, especially when the most modern systems are installed using proper insulation methods.