Underfloor heating with heat pumps: How to design your system for maximum efficiency

A heat pump affixed to an exterior brick wall
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Underfloor heating with heat pumps partner well and are arguably an ideal combination when it comes to heating new homes or homes that are built to higher insulation standards.

We have become accustomed to our central heating systems producing high temperatures and delivering this to quick-reacting radiators. However, the heat generated by the heat pump is not as high as that produced by a boiler, so emitters with a larger surface area are needed to achieve similar temperatures in your home.

David Hilton

David is a renewables and ventilation installer, with over 35 years experience, and is a long-standing contributor to Homebuilding and Renovating magazine. He is a member of the Gas Safe Register, has a Masters degree in Sustainable Architecture, and is an authority in sustainable building and energy efficiency, with extensive knowledge in building fabrics, heat recovery ventilation, renewables, and also conventional heating systems. He is also a speaker at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show. 

Passionate about healthy, efficient homes, he is director of Heat and Energy Ltd. He works with architects, builders, self builders and renovators, and designs and project manages the installation of ventilation and heating systems to achieve the most energy efficient and cost effective outcome for every home.