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Warm water underfloor heating (UFH) offers you complete design freedom without the restrictions of radiators, and is an ideal, efficient heating system for areas where wall space is at a premium. If your kitchen opens out onto outside space, perhaps through bi-fold doors, even designer radiators can prove difficult to accommodate and may struggle to keep the room warm.
Whether you are extending, renovating or building from scratch, UFH works best when the interior design is reflected in the UFH design.
Read our top tips for getting the most from UFH in your kitchen.
Consider your kitchen units
Good UFH design will take into account the position of your fixed and portable kitchen units.
Warm water UFH works by pumping a controlled flow of warm water through tubing embedded in the floor, warming the surface of the floor above it. This emits an even, gentle heat into the room. Anything that is directly above the embedded tubing – including your kitchen units – will be warmed by the UFH. This doesn’t cause a problem if you are not storing food in your kitchen units, and good system design will ensure that the temperature of designated food storage areas is not affected.
A good supplier will work with you to design a tube layout that runs around any fixed units rather than under them. This will ensure that storage areas are not being warmed by the UFH, and the heat is emitted directly into your room.
However, if you have portable units and islands, or are considering changing the layout of your kitchen in the future, it is best to run the UFH tubing across the whole floor. This avoids the risk of resulting cold spots where your units used to be. The base of your kitchen units can easily be insulated to ensure that their contents are not warmed.
Choose compatible floor coverings
Hard floor coverings such as tiles and engineered timber are a stylish and practical choice in kitchen areas, but they can feel cold underfoot if they are not paired with a suitable heating system. UFH delivers an efficient, even heat across the entire floor.
UFH is compatible with a wide range of popular kitchen floor coverings, including engineered timber, tiles, vinyl, laminate and polished concrete. A floor temperature sensor can limit the heat output from the floor to protect sensitive floor coverings.
If you are planning to retrofit UFH into your existing kitchen, you’ll be pleased to hear that there is no need to dig up your floor! UFH can be fitted directly on top of an existing floor to minimise disruption to your fixtures and fittings.
Make sure you consider the full height build-up, including any structural decks that may need to be laid over the UFH before your floor coverings can be fitted. Nu-Heat’s LoProTM range includes two low profile systems that add as little as 15mm height build-up and floor coverings can be laid directly on top.
Choose a good supplier
A good supplier will ensure that your UFH system is designed to work with your room layout and chosen floor coverings to provide an efficient, controllable heat.
For expert advice call Nu-Heat on 01404 540650.
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