If you’re planning a refurbishment project, taking steps to make your home more energy-efficient is a great idea. In this guide we’ll show you how easy it is to conserve energy in your home, which will help our environment and allow you to save money on your energy bills too. We’ll explore:
- How floor heaters can help reduce energy usage
- Which UFH System is right for you
- The best insulation for your renovation project
- Choosing the right heating controls
- How to plan your project with Warmup
Ways to Make Heating Your Home More Sustainable
Homes in the UK are responsible for approximately 20% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions so improving the energy-efficiency of our heating systems is an important measure we can take to become a more carbon-neutral society. Local and national financial incentive schemes such as the Green Homes Grant have been offered to assist in covering the costs of installing specific heating improvements in your property to help create a low carbon-based energy network.
Measures to lower the carbon footprint of your home could include:
- Underfloor heaters
- Insulation for walls
- Underfloor insulation
- Air and ground source heat pumps
- Solar thermal heating systems
- Biomass Boilers
- Double/ triple glazing
- Draught proofing
- Heating controls including Smart thermostats, zone controls and delayed start thermostats
Warmup’s wide range of heating systems, insulation products and heating controls can help your home’s energy-efficiency rating and assist in dramatically lowering your energy bills too.
How does Underfloor Heating help conserve energy?
Underfloor heating is a much more energy-efficient heating solution for your home compared to standard central heating. Floor heaters use radiant heat technology to gently warm the people and objects in a room directly, whereas radiators just heat the air of the room which can escape easily – thereby creating substantial energy wastage. UFH systems also run at lower temperatures than central heating systems, whilst still maintaining the same level of warmth, so they require less energy to reach optimal comfort levels.
The increased efficiency of Warmup floor heating systems results in significant long-term floor heating cost savings on your home’s energy bills and using a Smart Thermostat with your floor heater offers even greater energy-efficiency, allowing precise heat control and automatic heat scheduling.
To find out more about how much money you can expect to save by installing underfloor heating in your home, read our guide on the Cost of UFH:
Saving energy with Electric Floor Heaters
With fast heat-up times, electric floor heating systems are a great choice to help you conserve energy usage in your home. Our collection of electric heaters can be installed quickly and their low-profile design means they typically won’t raise floor levels, making them ideal for any home renovation project.
The DCM-PRO Heated Decoupling System is perfect for installing with tiled floor finishes, helping to protect floor tiles from cracking due to lateral sub-floor movement. If you’re looking for an electric heating mat for softer floor finishes, the Foil Heater has been designed to offer radiant warmth and a ‘dry’ installation method for carpets and vinyl floor types.
Using Water Underfloor System with heat pumps
Heat pump- compatible floor heating systems will dramatically increase the energy-efficiency of your home. Heat pumps convert energy derived from the natural environment into sustainable energy for your home and are at their most efficient when running at lower temperatures. Because water underfloor heating uses lower temperatures than traditional central heating systems, our hydronic underfloor heaters are the ideal heating system to use with ground and air-source heat pumps.
Our Total-16 System is perfect for home renovation projects. With a system depth of just 16mm, it will have a negligible impact on floor heights and offers a ‘dry’ installation with no screeding required. The Econna Joisted Floor System is another great low-profile heater that has been specifically designed for joisted and battened floors and our Clypso System is a popular water underfloor heater for floating screeded floors.
Selecting floor and wall insulation to reduce heat-loss
Warmup offer a range of insulation products to help keep the warmth in and the cold air out. Our Insulation Boards and Ultralight Underfloor Heating Boards improve the heat-up times of radiant electric and water floor heaters and efficiently conduct the heat produced from the system across the floor or wall’s surface.
Our Insulation Boards can be used for both solid wall insulation and solid floor insulation. Solid wall insulation can be installed onto the surface of your walls, as opposed to cavity wall insulation which is fitted in to a void in the wall. Likewise, solid floor insulation is for use with solid subfloors, as opposed to suspended floor insulation which utilises voids beneath the floor.
If you’re looking for suspended floor insulation to use with traditional timber joisted subfloors, many of our wet underfloor heating systems come with accompanying high-quality insulation constructed from PIR Foam that can be fitted into the void beneath the subfloor.
Choosing energy-saving heating controls
Warmup’s range of Smart Thermostats improve the energy-efficiency of your heating system, making sure heat is produced at the right time, at the right temperature for your needs. Smart controls will provide you with a fully optimised heating experience with intuitive control and automatic heat functionality. Using a Warmup Smart Thermostat alongside our MyHeating and AutoSwitch Smartphone apps could save you up to £378 a year on your energy bills.
You can also consider installing new zone controls or an intelligent delayed start thermostat such as our 3iE Energy Monitoring Thermostat or Tempo Programmable Thermostat, both of which will provide accurate control and increased efficiency for your zoned floor heating system.
Plan your project with our online Quoting and Commissioning Tool
Our interactive online hydronic quote tool makes planning your refurbishment project a hassle-free experience.
Use it today to map out your home heating improvements and find the perfect UFH system to accompany your new heat pump, with Smart heating controls and insulation included. The quoting tool is easy to use and offers clear pricing so you can start drafting your budget with confidence.
Only Warmup’s Pro Hydro tool helps you spec and commission the right system to use with a heat pump whilst also ensuring the correct heat output levels, as well as providing you with a full commissioning log and bill of materials.