The part where we become an open book
For years JUPITER has been developing underfloor heating systems that do not require screed. In fact, Jupiter was probably one of the first companies to bring dry installed technology to the UK. We were certainly the first company to introduce wall heating using our panel system.
At first glance installing a wet screed over underfloor heating pipes sounds straightforward. On drawings, too, everything looks easy; the reality however is very different. We have heard of so many bad experiences with screed systems over the years. Complaints include the drying out time during the build, lack of responsiveness and cold spots within the floor. All of these issues and more are resolved with our thin, dry installed systems.
Traditional pipe in screed systems are notoriously slow to heat up (and cool down) and, because of this, these systems are normally kept on 24/7 albeit with a night time setback. So rather than switching off the heating at bedtime the system stays on at a slightly reduced temperature until the early hours when the temperature is increased again. This approach requires the boiler to run continuously. With thinner, dry installed systems the boiler can be completely switched off at night saving an estimated 14% in energy costs.
Adopting our dry-installed solution means that the responsibility for the floor construction and underfloor heating system lies with only one party-there is no risk of the client being left in the middle of a dispute with a failed floor.
We have a wide variety of systems suitable for all types of floor construction types and floor finishes. Our section on floor constructions contains detailed 3D images, technical data and AutoCad drawings to download.
To determine whether or not your chosen floor finish will allow the heating system to deliver sufficient heat, our heat output tables provide a simple and concise way of checking. The choice of timber floors over stone floors has a huge impact on the underfloor heating output as they have differing thermal resistances. More information on floor finishes and their thermal resistances can be found here.
To get an understanding of how a JUPITER underfloor heating system fits within a room we have produced several layouts illustrating different conditions.
Illustrated guides showing how to install our products and systems are available for download here. Intended to assist end users, architects and installers, our installation guides offer step-by-step photographic advice as well as short videos.