The ideal stage to consider your Home Heating requirements is during the design process and is one of the most critical items that you will put into your house. Most of the system will be buried in your floor foundations for the lifetime of your property. So it is critical that the components used are top quality and fully backed by reputable manufacturers.
In 1996, the original Underfloor Heating department was set-up. Fast forward to 2016 and our new Renewables Division was established incorporating all the best the Pipelife Group has to offer. We cover every aspect of your home heating requirements and deliver fully designed, energy efficient systems.
We have a proven track record almost 50 years service and commitment to the industry backed by exceptionally trained staff and a dedicated technical backup service. Combining all of these aspects results in an outstanding system, delivered in a professional and highly skilled manner second to none!
Underfloor Heating is one of the most critical items that you will put into your home. Underfloor heating is a very clean and simple form of heating, ideally suited to today’s well-insulated, low-energy and airtight buildings.
Most of the system will be buried in your floor foundations for your homes lifetime. It is critical that the components used are top quality and fully backed by reputable manufacturers. Pipelife offer a 50 year guarantee on our Qual-Pex Plus+ ‘Easy-Lay’ Multilayer Pipe.
Underfloor heating has the effect of heating the entire floor throughout leaving it warm to the touch resulting in even heat distribution. It is a proven fact that gentle heat radiated at floor level provides the optimum heating temperature profile for the human body.
Pipelife underfloor heating systems operate by pumping hot water through a number of Qual-Pex Plus+ ‘Easy-Lay’ Multilayer pipes embedded in the floor structure.
These pipes run back to a centralised manifold. The manifold is supplied with hot water from your heat source – in this case an Air to Water Heat Pump, through a series of pipes. The hot water flowing through each loop will be controlled by individual thermostats positioned in each room.
When a room requires heat, hot water will flow through the loops in that room thus heating the floor and the room above. Once the thermostat is satisfied, the water will stop flowing to the circuit in that room.
The major benefits of underfloor heating systems is that it provides a comfortable even temperature throughout the building offering a healthier environment with less dust being circulated, high fuel efficiencies and no restrictions on interior design layout.
Each room thermostat can be set at 2°C lower than a room heated by radiators. This is because underfloor heating delivers 70% radiant heat and 30% convection heat as opposed to radiators, which emit 30% radiant heat and 70% convection heat. This means that an underfloor heating system is a more efficient way of heating your home.
An underfloor system heating circulates low temperature water. Most conventional heating systems circulate warm water, usually between 50ºC to 80ºC whereas an underfloor heating system circulates water between 25ºC to 40ºC. A heat pump is most efficient when heating water at lower temperatures, the heat pump efficiency goes up bringing your running cost down.
Why Choose an Air to Water Heat Pump -
It is clear that our planet is changing and changes need to be made to the way in which we heat our homes. With the support of Government schemes and homeowners wanting a better solution to high fossil fuel prices, there is a clearly a need for something different. Something Renewable.
In response new and innovative ways of heating homes have been developed. These systems involve new and more efficient ways of heating and delivering hot water to your home compared to traditional oil or gas boilers.
Our range of Air to Water Heat Pumps can provide that solution.
How does an Air to Water Heat Pump Work?
An Air Source heat pump utilises energy in the outside air and transforms it into usable heat. This is performed through a refrigeration process and a vapour compression cycle, which sounds very complicated, but it’s basically how a fridge works, but in reverse.
Heat pumps work much more efficiently at a lower temperature than a standard boiler system would. An air source heat pump extracts heat from the outside air in the same way that a fridge extracts heat from its inside. It can get heat from the air even when the temperature is as low as -15° C.
This makes them more suitable for underfloor heating systems or larger radiators, which give out heat at lower temperatures over longer periods of time.
The choices available to you to heat your home and provide you with hot water remain wide. Deciding on the right choice depends very much on your property type, your priorities and your personal preferences.
Pipelife have been designing and supplying home heating solutions in Ireland for over 25 years. Many technological advances have been incorporated over that period and the solution we offer today represents the optimum modern home heating solution specifically designed for Irish climatic conditions.
For the very best results Pipelife strongly recommends a solution using an Air to Water Heat Pump coupled with Underfloor heating. Underfloor Heating systems go hand in hand with heat pump installations.
An underfloor system heating circulates low temperature water. Most conventional heating systems circulate higher temperature water, usually between 50ºC to 80ºC whereas an underfloor heating system circulates water between 25ºC to 40ºC.
An Air to Water heat pump is the most modern and efficient way of generating this low temperature supply of water. A heat pump is the most efficient way of heating your home and your domestic hot water requirements for Irish climate conditions.
An underfloor heating system coupled with an Air to water heat pump thus provides the best solution for heating your home giving you low running costs, maximum comfort and control, and low CO2 emissions.
In many cases a combination of Underfloor heating downstairs and low temperature radiators upstairs also offers an excellent compromise between comfort and costs.
Our design engineers will advise at planning stage which of these options is best suited to your home. From our experience this arrangement gives the optimum result in terms of up-front costs, installation ease, running cost optimisation, maintenance and maximum control and comfort in your home.
So the choices available to you to heat your home and provide you with hot water remain wide. Deciding on the right choice depends very much on your property type, your priorities and your personal preferences.
If you are building your own new property the following is the heating solution that Pipelife would advise:
An air-to-water heat pump with Underfloor heating throughout the building with the option of low temperature radiators upstairs.
From our experience this arrangement gives the optimum result in terms of up-front costs, installation ease, running cost optimisation, maintenance and maximum control and comfort in your home.
Chat to our team of specialist engineers today and find out how we can help make your project a success.