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Variocomp - Retrofit Underfloor Heating for Existing Floors

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We answer your questions about laying underfloor heating onto existing floors.
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How Underfloor Heating can help to Eliminate Allergy and Asthma Symptoms

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Dust allergies give many people a stuffy or runny nose and itchy and watery, red eyes. They can also make it difficult to breathe triggering asthma symptoms, such as tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing etc.
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Differences between gas and electric underfloor heating

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There are two types of underfloor heating: gas-powered (wet) underfloor heating and electric underfloor heating.  In wet underfloor heating systems, heat is distributed around the house via thin pipes laid under the floor. These pipes carry hot water around the home so that it can release its heat through the floor and therefore warm the rooms where the underfloor heating system is installed. The water is heated in the main boiler of the home. In cases where the boiler supplying hot water for the household is gas powered (as is the case in most UK households) this type of heating system is known as gas underfloor heating. An electric underfloor heating system, on the other hand, uses electric wires fitted beneath the floor to provide heat. When an electric current is passed through the wires, they become hot and that heat is transferred through the floor to the room above.
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RetroFit Underfloor Heating - Over lay or excavate?

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One of the most frequent questions we get asked from customers wishing to retro-fit underfloor heating (UFH) is what is best/most cost effective, excavate the existing floor or add a board system? Whilst costs can vary hugely by area, tradesman etc., we've compiled a list of comparative costs for each type of UFH install and labour etc. on a typical approx. 75m2 project:
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The right controls for the right project

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Let UFH1 help you choose the right underfloor heating controls for your project.
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Why use UFH1 for your Underfloor Heating?

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1. Price At UFH1 we don’t have expensive glossy brochures, large flashy show displays, several sales managers, high spec offices or National Merchant rebate schemes (which are ultimately paid for by customers) – So we can keep prices low!
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7 Reasons to get a professional to install Underfloor Heating

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Underfloor heating as you may well know usually consists of warm water in plastic pipe embedded in a concrete floor, in-between floor joists or in some form of specialist board. All of these make it very important for the UFH to be installed with care and professionalism to ensure it’s a ‘fit and forget’ system.Done correctly, UFH should give excellent heat output and efficiency - more so than radiators – and it requires no more maintenance than any other heating. The old adage ‘what happens when it goes wrong?’ should simply not apply to UFH; however it must be designed and installed correctly to ensure peace of mind.
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How to prepare your floor for underfloor heating

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Preparing your floor for underfloor heating is highly important, failing to prepare your floor thoroughly may cause problems in the system later down the line. This guide is for solid floors only
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What types of flooring can I have with underfloor heating?

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Probably one of the most frequently asked question we get is "what type of flooring can I have with underfloor heating". It's a good question as there are a lot of variables to consider with each flooring option. Simply put, we would rank the types of flooring that are most commonly used in the following order:1.    Tiles/natural stone – Porcelain, ceramic, granite, marble, travertine etc.2.    Vinyl – Karndean, Amtico etc.3.    Engineered wood – usually 14mm-18mm4.    Solid wood – 22mm max5.    Carpet – max 2.5 tog ratingBut why are some more popular than others? There are a lot of variables to consider when choosing flooring to lay over your underfloor heating, such as thermal conductivity, insulation properties, style, etc. Lets break it down into those 5 types of flooring.
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How much is installation of Underfloor Heating?

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We often get asked the question, “….how much is it to install the UFH?” It is difficult to give an accurate answer without specifics as the variables are wide and varied. To price an installation, we would need to know the following as a minimum:
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