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How to Save Money on Your Energy Bills

Save Money at Home - Save Money on Your Energy Bills

Although homeowners are likely looking to save money and this is why cutting energy bills is appealing - many others also want to do their bit to protect the environment and reduce their environmental impact. This is the dual benefit of making active changes in your home to cutting energy emissions or the wasting of energy and you’ve probably heard about some of the methods or products that can be used to reduce energy bills.

We have created this article to discuss various ways in which you can save money on your energy bills. From changing your traditional heating system to installing ventilation systems and double or triple glazing - there are various ways that you can reduce energy costs all year round. All of the ventilation systems and underfloor heating systems that we have available are designed to provide you with a range of benefits - as well as allowing you to cut energy usage. 

If you require further information on home ventilation systems or underfloor heating systems, get in touch using an online contact form on our website or telephone now on: 01424 851111

Changing Your Traditional Heating System - The Wonders of Underfloor Heating

Making the change from a traditional heating system to an underfloor heating system can save you money and is better for the environment. This is because of the fact that your underfloor heating system heats water to much lower temperatures than a traditional system and radiates heat evenly throughout a room. With wet underfloor heating systems installed in liquid screed floors - the system will heat to around 45°C temperatures. Central heating, on the other hand, varies from around 75-85°C at high temperatures to 35-55°C at low temperatures. The other issue with these systems (specifically with radiator based systems) is that you can find pockets of cold air in rooms whereas underfloor heating will evenly heat up a room.

There is a lot of information and debate online and offline about which system to choose between electric and hydronic underfloor heating. Although some claim that electric underfloor heating is cheaper than hydronic (wet) underfloor heating - this is not true and is true at face value. Many are tempted by the cheaper installation costs of electric underfloor heating and comment that hydronic underfloor heating is laborious to install and requires regular maintenance. However - electric underfloor heating costs more to run & if hydronic systems are installed correctly - they require little to no maintenance.

Replacing or Insulating Your Boiler

Should you decide to switch to an underfloor heating system or have yet to make the move - you will still likely be using a boiler. (Although research is being developed to allow for renewable energy sources to be used with underfloor heating & ground source pumps can be used) you are likely using a boiler. If you don’t want to invest in a brand new boiler - why not consider a boiler jacket? This can insulate your boiler and save you money every year. A well-maintained boiler should last for around 15 years but if your boiler is showing problems or is an old unit - you can also save money purchasing a brand-new boiler.

Cut Down on Energy Wastage With Ventilation Systems

We’ve all been there - rooms in your home are too warm and you need to open a window or you need to open a window to ensure that a room is ventilated. Although this can seem like a great idea for stuffy rooms no matter what time of year - this can cause energy loss, especially in the winter when the heating is on. Ventilation systems solve this issue - circulating fresh air to rooms that require ventilation or cooling when a room is uncomfortable. Our home ventilation systems are also highly energy-efficient, ensuring that you can enjoy ventilated rooms at reduced energy costs.

Installing Double or Triple Glazing as Well as Loft Insulation

Double and triple glazing can be installed in windows and windows that are placed internally in a door can be replaced with double or triple glazing to increase their thermal efficiency. You may find that some historic properties may even have single glazed or pane windows which can seriously lack thermal efficiency. You may find that other forms of insulation such as loft insulation or wall insulation can also help save you money on energy bills. It’s a great consideration to think about if these types of insulation are not present in your home.

If you require further information on home ventilation systems or underfloor heating systems, get in touch using an online contact form on our website or telephone now on: 01424 851111

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Home Ventilation

What are the Benefits of Home Ventilation Systems?

Proper ventilation systems in homes are ideally suited to promote the health of your family as well as to ensure that there is regular airflow. Reducing the amount of moisture in your home is one of the most important jobs that ventilation systems do and can be a fantastic way to combat mould and other issues relating to condensation. You can also utilise ventilation systems to remove odours and air pollutants which can be harmful to your family.

We have a wide range of ventilation systems available that are perfect for your home and can provide a wide range of benefits. With the various systems that are available - we can suggest the perfect home ventilation system to suit your needs as well as advise you on the various ventilation systems that we have available. To find out more about our home ventilation systems, get in touch using an online contact form on our website or telephone our expert team now.

Remove Condensation & Remove Damage to Your Home

Condensation can cause havoc to some homes and cause all sorts of issues around the home. You have more than likely experienced the damage that can be caused to bathrooms or enclosed rooms that do not have the appropriate ventilation. This can cause issues such as mould or damaged wallpaper which can be a headache for homeowners.

Home ventilation systems promote the health of your family and mould can be a huge issue for families - especially if members of your family have respiratory conditions such as asthma. Although mould often forms in areas where water is heated and cooled rapidly (such as the bathroom) any area that experiences damp patches or condensation can be particularly susceptible to mould so home ventilation systems can help to regularly regulate air and gently ventilates the home from a central position - ensuring a flow of healthy, clean air around the property.

Improve the Quality of Air Around the Home

As well as eliminating condensation in the air and in rooms around the home, you can vastly improve the quality of air around the home using a ventilation system. We have a range of ventilation systems available that allow for demand-controlled supply for fresh air and all of our ventilation systems are highly electrically efficient to allow you to enjoy ventilation and a clean air supply without having to worry about big energy bills.

Ventilation systems can also help with conditions such as asthma - as mentioned when discussing how these systems can reduce mould. You can also use your ventilation system to regulate airflow to eliminate dust mites that can aggravate asthma. Dust mites can also aggravate eczema and other issues so ventilation systems can help eliminate dust mites and help with these conditions. You are also able to alleviate systems of hayfever as in hotter weather - having to open the window can cause pollen to enter your home in the air. 

Greater air quality can also reduce a number of species unique air contaminations such as Radon gas (which is caused by the vast majority of rocks - especially granite.) If these gas levels rise then they can cause radiative levels but this can be very rare. Ventilation is however known to help ventilate against the build-up of radon gas.

We are more than happy to supply you a home ventilation system - to install for a client in their home or to be provided for installation for your home. To find out more about our home ventilation systems, get in touch using an online contact form on our website or telephone our expert team now.

Created On  28 Aug 2020 17:21  -  Permalink

Why Should You Install Underfloor Heating in 2020/21

Why Should I Install Underfloor Heating in 2020/21? & Other Questions

Underfloor heating is unsurprisingly a very hot topic at the moment and has continued to grow in interest and from strength to strength. With recent events meaning that a number of major holidays were cancelled across the board - many homeowners find that they now have a chunk of capital available to finally carry out the home improvements that have been on your mind or on your top priority to carry out.

Underfloor heating fits perfectly into this category and is at the perfect price to invest in this system should you have been refunded a large amount of money due to a refunded holiday. Due to the fact that underfloor heating can save money on your energy bills - this is a perfect investment to make if you have increased budgets available due to a refunded holiday.

So read on to find out more as to why you should install underfloor heating in 2020 or 2021. It’s always important to speak to your heating professional if you are unsure about installations being carried out in your home during these difficult times & always make sure that you have a good understanding of how to install an underfloor heating system if you are a DIY installer. To find out more about the underfloor heating systems that we have available. 

Please get in touch with a member of our expert team today using an online contact form on our website or telephone now.

Hydronic Underfloor Heating Can Be Installed in Any Property

One of the awesome things about our hydronic underfloor heating systems are that they can be installed in any property or premises, whether this is a new build property, historic property or for an extension. As we tailor our underfloor heating systems to your specific requirements - this is key when installing an underfloor heating system during a project. So if you want to invest in an underfloor heating system - they are suited to every property.

Underfloor Heating is Fantastic for the Environment

Heating to much lower temperatures compared to traditional heating systems - wet underfloor heating is much better for the environment as well as allowing you to reduce energy bills. There are also innovative technologies being developed for next-generation underfloor heating systems that will allow for a whole host of renewable energy sources to be able to supply and run the underfloor heating system. In a world where environmental responsibility is becoming more and more important so this is another great reason to install an underfloor heating system, in 2020 / 2021.

Now is the Perfect Time to Install Your Underfloor Heating System

Unfortunately, unless you are a DIY installer (as you will still be able to install in your own home) - there may be uncertainty about as to whether installers will be able to access your home should anything happen in terms of a second lockdown which we sincerely hope is not the case. Arranging for installation means that you can have the peace of mind that the installation process can be completed and you are able to enjoy your underfloor heating system.

It’s also great to arrange for the installation of your underfloor heating system ahead of the winter months which is where you will tend to see the most use of your underfloor heating system. This also ensures that you get the maximum use of your underfloor heating system and make maximum savings due to the reduction of heating requirements.

Now is the perfect time to purchase your underfloor heating system. Please get in touch with a member of our expert team today using an online contact form on our website or telephone now.

Created On  28 Aug 2020 16:53  -  Permalink

History of Underfloor Heating

The History of Underfloor Heating

Throughout many years, underfloor heating has been a luxurious source of heat, from historic civilisations, right up until the modern-day. As time has moved on, the process and construction of underfloor heating has drastically changed, additionally to underfloor heating becoming much more accessible to a wide range of homeowners. Despite this, they are still considered as a luxury even if they are less exclusive then what they were in the past. Underfloor heating is still a component in households that owners of the component are extremely privileged to have, and it is likely that it will always remain this way. 

This blog explores the past civilisations that invented, developed and produced underfloor heating systems to be what they are today, and how past productions have been adapted the underfloor heating systems that are available in the market today. If you are interested in finding our more about different types of underfloor heating systems, then enquire today with our experts here at Robbens Systems. Our team will be able to confidently deal with any enquiries you may have and find an ideal solution for you. Get in touch today so we can help you. 
When Was The Underfloor Heating System Invented?

History has found that the earliest ever underfloor heating system was discovered in modern-day North Korea. Incredibly, it is believed that these systems were thought to have been invented as early as 5,000 BC! The floors were originally heated or baked, which would then later be coined as ‘warm stone’ or ‘ondol’ around the end of the 19th century. Strong evidence suggests that the earliest ondols were initiated as gudeul, which was essentially a cooking plus heating system in the home or property. 

When fires were lit inside the furnace to cook, the flame would extend horizontally due to the fact that the flue entry was in a location beside the furnace. If smoke from the flame was to travel upwards, then the fire would be put out too quickly and would not be able to cook food for as long as it was required. Following this, a series of passages would guide the flame with the smoke with entire rooms constructed on the furnace flue able to experience and enjoy the underfloor heating. 

In time for 3,000 BC, the North Koreans were using a fire hearth system which was used as a form of internal heating, additionally as an early iteration of an oven. As well as this, it has also been thought that a double hearth system was used in 900 BC with one hearth being used for cooking and another as a heating system. Ancient Romans and Greeks were also documented as being users of underfloor heating systems, however, these underfloor systems were in the form of hypocausts alternatively to double hearth systems. Hypocaust systems raised the floor with pillars while hot air passed through the space beneath to heat the flooring.
Moving Towards More Advanced Methods

By around 500 AD, there was a significant difference between Asian and European underfloor heating systems. In Asia, the ondol was being continually developed further, whereas in Europe, the heating system of choice was the open fire system. The upper class and palaces in Asia used a more sophisticated form of the gudeul around the time of 700 AD. In Mediterranean countries in Europe, hypocausts were used extensively in public baths and public homes. As time progressed towards 1400 AD in countries in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, there was extensive use of sophisticated hypocausts such as the Turkish baths, which were built by the Ottoman Empire.
The Throwaway Discovery Leading to an Invention Vital for Modern Underfloor Heating System

During the 19th century, extensive research was put into developing the modern central heating system that we use today using water boilers and piping systems. This included extensive research into thermal conductivity, additionally to surface reflectivity and surface emissivity. 

During this period, a discovery that was a throwaway at the time would subsequently lead to the discovery of the most widely used plastic in the world to this day. Hans von Pechmann found a waxy residue at the bottom of one of his test tubes whilst carrying out an experiment. His colleagues Eugen Bamberger and Friedrich Tschirner then took this waxy residue and took it for use as a plastic we now call polymethylene. Polymethylene was discovered during the autodecomposition of diazomethane in ether. This type of polymer is also virtually identical to polyethene, which was obtained by Eric Fawcett and Reginald Gibson in 1935. Following this, industrial use of polyethene for radar cables in the Second World War. 

After the discovery in 1899, polymethylene was thrown away, however, it became a vital component in wet underfloor heating systems. The concept of the hypocaust was in fact still in use as late as the year 1904. It was the hypocaust system that was utilised in Liverpool Cathedral in 1904.

Modern Underfloor Heating Systems

In the 1940s, the US saw a large scale construction operation that installed radiator water-based heating systems in multiple new homes. This heating system proved that these types of heating systems could be incorporated into any property design project and would then pave the way for the modern central heating system to be produced in mass to a huge number of homes. The 1960s then saw the first wet underfloor heating system being invented successfully in Canada and by the 1980s, underfloor heating systems were becoming commonplace all across the globe with Korea arguably being the leading users of the system. This was due to nearly all residential buildings having underfloor heating systems already installed. From this point, underfloor heating systems were being used more and more as heating methods for many residential buildings and saw increased use in non- residential buildings in Scandinavian nations. 

How a Modern Underfloor Heating System Works

There are two main types of underfloor heating systems that are extensively used today. These two systems come in the form of wet underfloor heating systems and electronic underfloor heating systems. Wet systems pump warm water by using piping underneath the floor, whereas electronic systems use electric coils that are placed underneath the flooring. 

Once a system that was considered a component of expensive buildings and complexes, the systems have become increasingly more popular heating systems in the UK. This is as the design of underfloor heating systems can be integrated into the structure of the property. If you own an older property, this shouldn’t put you off as you as it is still simple to install underfloor heating in older properties with ease and experience the many benefits.

Underfloor Heating

As previously mentioned, it is easy to access underfloor heating systems in the UK and have a system successfully installed into your home. If you’re considering installing an underfloor heating system to your home, then choose Robbens Systems for efficient and professional underfloor heating system installations in the UK. For many years we have installed systems to homes of all scales for owners to experience the benefits of underfloor heating. If you’re interested, get in touch with our team of experts in East Sussex today and arrange for a service or installation.
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Underfloor Heating Buying Guide

Our Complete Guide to Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating is ideally suited for a wide range of projects for professional heating companies and self-installers alike. For homeowners - underfloor heating systems are designed to be simple to install - allowing for self-installation or installation with your preferred professional (we only supply underfloor heating and do not carry out installations for our clients.) Our team of experts are perfectly suited to help create the best underfloor heating system that suits your needs or the specifications of the project at hand.

We have created our complete guide to underfloor heating to help those that are thinking about installing an underfloor heating system or are installing an underfloor heating system for a client. Our quotation service ensures that your design and quotation are unique and we also calculate the heating and ventilation requirements of each room. This ensures that we can design the perfect system and deliver this system ready for installation.

Should you be looking to purchase an underfloor heating system, why not get in touch with a member of our expert team today? We are more than happy to help you install the ideal underfloor heating system. Get in touch using an online contact form on our website or telephone now.

Installing an Underfloor Heating System during a Project

As discussed, a common myth surrounding underfloor heating is that it is very difficult to install and needs to be installed by a heating professional. This is not the case with an underfloor heating system as these can be installed by DIY enthusiasts and heating professionals alike. Although underfloor heating can be installed by DIY installers, it’s highly important that an underfloor heating system is installed correctly so that there are no issues later down the line. Hydronic underfloor heating systems require little to no maintenance after the system has been installed. If something goes wrong or the installation is not carried out correctly - you will not want to have to dig up the system again to make repairs so if you are unsure about the installation process - it’s always better to seek the assistance of trained heating professionals.

Hydronic underfloor heating is often installed along with liquid floor screed as this type of screed increases the efficiency of the heating system - especially when compared to other seeds such as cement-based screed. This often means that underfloor heating is often installed in new build properties as it is easy to integrate the installation of the system alongside other work that is being carried out such as other parts of the construction of the property. Liquid floor screed is also used because you are able to walk on liquid floor screed 24 to 48 hours after the screeding has been laid which again benefits those who need to carry out the project to a strict schedule.

Although new build homes are seeing a huge shift in adopting underfloor heating compared to other traditional heating systems - it is also simple to install underfloor heating into a historic property or premises. Using liquid floor screed can also be used to completely change a floor space and with the huge amount of finishes available - this can be perfect for a redesign project!

Greener Solutions With Underfloor Heating

There are a huge amount of benefits associated with underfloor heating and this heating system is the perfect way to save space in the home as well as reduce energy costs. With innovations being developed for different greener energy sources that can be used to power the system - this leaves the potential for renewable energy sources to be used in the future.

Should you require further information on underfloor heating or how we can provide you with a bespoke underfloor heating system, get in touch with our team of experts today. We will be more than happy to discuss your requirements and talk in further detail about underfloor heating systems.
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Questions Around Underfloor Heating

Common Questions Asked About Underfloor Heating

If you are thinking about installing an underfloor heating system - you may have a number of questions around this heating option. Although many consider central heating systems that use radiators as the more traditional option - underfloor heating is becoming a more popular option - especially for new build properties.

We have created this blog post to answer some of the most common questions around underfloor heating. Although heating professionals will fully understand the benefits and features of underfloor heating systems - DIY clients or those who are arranging for an installation of an underfloor heating system and are looking to purchase a system for their heating professional to install may not fully understand the features and benefits.

As always - if you have any questions that weren’t covered in this article or you require further information on underfloor heating systems - please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team today by sending us an email, using an online contact form on our website or telephone now!

What is Hydronic (Wet) Underfloor Heating?

The two main types of underfloor heating systems - wet or hydronic/electric underfloor heating. An underfloor heating system utilises pipes that dispense hot water around the system to heat the floor with wet underfloor heating systems or electrical elements that are powered with electricity for electric systems.

Hydronic underfloor heating systems are connected to a heat source which is typically the boiler but can use other heat sources such as a ground heat pump. As hydronic underfloor heating systems heat water at lower temperatures - this is a more energy-efficient solution compared to traditional heating systems such as radiator based systems.

Is Electric Underfloor Heating the Cheaper Option?

Many questions often revolve around the price of both systems to run. As mentioned in our underfloor heating myths article - people often think that electric underfloor heating is the cheaper option. Although electric underfloor heating systems are cheaper to install - electricity is much more expensive to run - making wet underfloor heating systems the cheaper option. They are more environmentally friendly which is why we only supply hydronic underfloor heating systems. 

Is Underfloor Heating Difficult to Install?

Our underfloor heating systems are designed to be able to be installed by DIY installers and heating professionals alike. When an underfloor heating system is installed correctly - there is little to no maintenance required so this is why it’s important to find a heating professional to install an underfloor heating system if you are unsure about a DIY installation.

We don't install - our systems are designed for you or your builder to fit, using detailed plans showing pipes and ducting across your building.

Our uniquely designed systems allow us to give you a £1m design guarantee for peace of mind.

Is Underfloor Heating Suitable for New Build Properties?

Underfloor heating is becoming the ideal choice for heating systems in new build properties. This is because of the fact that these heating systems are easily able to be integrated within the installation process. When installed with liquid floor screed - this is especially useful in the installation process as liquid floor screed is ideally suited for installation as you are able to walk on the screed surface withing 24-48 hours. The liquid floor screed can then be forced to dry if the rest of the build needs to be continued quickly.

Why is Liquid Floor Screed Recommended?

Liquid floor screed is highly recommended as the material to use when installing a hydronic underfloor heating system for a construction project. As touched upon, liquid floor screed is ideally suited to other tradesmen in a construction project. As well as these benefits, liquid floor screed actually increases the thermal efficiency of the underfloor heating system, nearly doubling the efficiency when compared to sand-based screeds that are also used in some installation projects. There are a variety of finishes that can be applied to the resulting screed that encases the underfloor heating system and liquid floor screed is ideally suited to smoothen uneven flooring for a smooth and fantastic finish every time.

Can An Underfloor Heating System be Installed in Older Properties?

Although new build properties are using underfloor heating systems more prevalently, this isn’t to say that older properties are not able to install underfloor heating systems. Older properties can also benefit from underfloor heating - with homeowners often looking to increase the thermal efficiency of older homes. Many projects see upgrades to areas of the home such as double or triple glazed windows, changes to doors or changes to other aspects of the property such as adding insulation - to increase the efficiency of older homes.

Underfloor heating fits perfectly into this category as you are able to massively increase the thermal efficiency of a home when compared to traditional heating systems. As underfloor heating heats rooms evenly, this even heat distribution allows for more efficient heating of rooms around the home. If improvements to glazing and overall insulation have been made - this further increases the energy efficiency of the underfloor heating system. Unfortunately, heating systems such as radiator based heating tend to have pockets of cold air which affects the ability to create a fully warm room.

Is Underfloor Heating Good for Health?

Some may be interested in the health benefits of underfloor heating systems. Compared to traditional heating systems - there are a variety of health benefits especially for those with allergies. Radiator systems if not constantly cleaned can disperse dust into their air which can irritate dust allergies. Other airborne allergies can also be irritated by radiator based heating systems with underfloor heating removing the need for radiators to be used at all. This is great for those who suffer from allergies and offers obvious health benefits for homeowners.

Is Hydronic Underfloor Heating Expensive?

Underfloor heating is a fairly big investment but has become much more affordable compared to the past. Underfloor heating systems are often associated with high rise properties or luxury hotels. This is simply not the case anymore with underfloor heating being an affordable option for many homeowners. As underfloor heating (especially with liquid floor screed) is more energy-efficient - homeowners gain savings on energy bills in the long term making this investment has the potential to pay dividends after future use.

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