Choosing a heating system for a commercial or industrial building can be a challenging process for architects and developers.
Whether it’s vast warehouse spaces, high ceilings or the frequent opening of large delivery doors or windows for ventilation, heating – and maintaining heat – in a commercial building is not easy.
Underfloor heating offers many benefits which are especially useful for commercial properties, such as ease of installation, energy efficiency and sustainability.
In fact, it’s now being recommended by engineers as a primary or supplementary source of heat in commercial and industrial units.
As specialists with over 30 years’ experience in the design, supply and installation of underfloor heating systems, we’ve summarised why underfloor heating is such a good choice for commercial and industrial buildings.
The benefits of underfloor heating in commercial buildings
Choosing underfloor heating for commercial or industrial buildings comes with many benefits, such as:
The ease of installation makes underfloor heating ideal for commercial projects of all sizes.
Electric underfloor heating in particular is notably quick and easy to install with little disruption. Heating mats can simply be rolled out with minimal impact on floor height.
Plus, electric floor heating can be added without breaking up the old floor when a property is renovated, making it suitable for refurbishments as well as new-build projects.
No matter the commercial or industrial project, there is likely to be a system which is suitable. Here at Gaia, we have an expert team who can advise on the best product for your project.
High energy efficiency and low cost
Over the life of a building, underfloor heating systems have been found to be 15-20% more efficient than traditional heating systems, rising up to 30-50% for buildings with high ceilings.
Filling large commercial spaces with heat from radiators can take a long time, whereas underfloor heating creates almost instant warmth – saving time and money!
Compared with other heating methods, underfloor heating is also economical to operate due to its lower input temperature.
A traditional radiator system runs at around 70°C, compared with only 35°C for underfloor heating. This uses less energy for the same – if not better – results, meaning underfloor heating can help to keep heating bills low.
Plus, different areas of a building can be split into zones with their own thermostat, meaning you only need to heat the zones which are being used instead of heating the whole building.
So, regardless of the size or height of an industrial space, it can be heated evenly and efficiently using underfloor heating.
A clean and safe environment
When it comes to creating a clean, safe and comfortable environment, underfloor heating comes out on top.
With radiators heating by convection, they can circulate bacteria, dust and fumes around a room. They also produce high levels of humidity at low level heating, which creates the perfect breeding ground for dust mites.
Also, as using convection to spread heat in a large building requires a lot of energy, this can result in an unevenly heated environment with cold spots.
Underfloor heating virtually eliminates cold spots and temperature fluctuations, creating a consistently warm and comfortable working environment.
Noise is another advantage of underfloor heating which is often overlooked.
Underfloor heating is much quieter than many other types of heating, which is particularly desirable for certain commercial buildings, such as offices, where a low noise level is essential to aid concentration and optimise productivity.
Design freedom/optimal use of space
Compared to typically bulky radiators, underfloor heating is hidden below the floor – creating valuable extra floor space in a commercial or industrial building.
This is beneficial right from the beginning stages of a build because architects and interior designers don’t have to plan around radiators. Instead, they have total freedom in the layout and flexibility of furniture and fixture arrangement.
This design freedom is particularly advantageous when outfitting places like hospitals or sports halls because equipment can be placed as required, without having to consider heating or cooling units.
It also allows more flexibility on floor coverings, with a wide range of feasible options from wood and laminate to carpet and tiles.
Compatible with sustainable energy
Recent changes to Part L building regulations outlined that all new commercial buildings must produce 27% fewer CO2 emissions than was previously acceptable.
Plus, as we get closer to the UK’s 2050 deadline for reaching net zero targets – and a potential ban of gas-fed boilers – more and more buildings are being fitted or retrofitted with alternative lower-carbon heating methods.
One combination in particular – underfloor heating paired with heat pumps – is emerging as a top choice for homeowners, architects, contractors, M&E consultants, builders and developers alike.
Perhaps the most beneficial is their potential to reduce a building’s carbon footprint. Heat pumps in particular are known for their low carbon emissions as they don’t require the burning of fuels to run.
Underfloor heating is also known for being less carbon intensive than a radiator system due to its lower temperature, quick heat-up time and even heat distribution. So, using a heat pump instead of a boiler to power underfloor heating is the ideal solution for low-carbon heating.
Long life with minimal maintenance
Traditional boilers are known for being prone to breakdowns, whereas underfloor heating is proven to be considerably more reliable and durable.
As wet and dry underfloor heating systems have very few moving parts, they also require significantly less maintenance, therefore keeping ongoing costs low and making it well worth the installation cost in the long-run.
Whilst the cost to install and run underfloor heating will largely depend on the type and size of commercial building, there is likely to be a suitable solution for most projects and budgets.
Here at Gaia, we specialise in the design, supply and installation of both wet and dry underfloor heating systems and our expert team can advise on the right system for your commercial or industrial project.
Plus, our product quality is complemented with market leading warranties, giving you total peace of mind for a durable, long-lasting system.
Choose complete underfloor heating solutions from Gaia
We are the UK’s most trusted underfloor heating specialists, offering both wet and dry underfloor heating systems.
With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, our expert team are on hand to advise on the design, supply and installation of the most suitable system for your commercial or industrial project.
We provide complete underfloor heating solutions for architects, contractors, M&E consultants, builders and developers working on a wide range of projects.
Our wet and electric underfloor heating systems are used in residential and commercial buildings across the UK and Europe.
For more information on our systems and service, get in touch today.