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Explore Your Options

Before deciding on which solution to choose to heat your home we advise that you explore the different options currently available in the Irish market.


#1 – The Four Main Heat Sources

In the links below we will show you how these four heat sources provide the hot water to heat your home.

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#2 – Distributing Heated Water to the Rooms in your Home

Once you have decided how to heat the water to heat your home, you must also decide how this heated water is distributed to each room of your home.

In the vast majority of Irish homes this is typically done in one of two ways, by using radiators or underfloor heating pipe systems.

In the links below we will show you how these two methods work.

 

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#3 – The Heating Solution Pipelife ECO Recommends

For the very best results Pipelife ECO strongly recommends a solution using an Air to Water Heat Pump coupled with Underfloor Heating.

In the link below we will show you why this is the optimum solution.

Why Choose Pipelife ECO?

Pipelife ECO will give you the best design, quality, service and security.

  • Full design indemnity insurance guaranteeing that your system will perform as designed.
  • An unmatched 50-year guarantee on the lifetime of the pipework in your heating system.
  • A 5-year warranty on all other parts & components used in your heating system.
  • The security of knowing you are dealing with a reputable company with a 50 year history and very strong financial backing.

In the video link we will show you why you can have confidence in choosing Pipelife ECO.

 

 

Our Service

Choosing the heating system for your home can seem quite daunting if, like most people, you do not have an in depth knowledge of modern heating solutions.

At Pipelife ECO we strive to talk to you, our valued customer, in language that you understand, and give you the comfort of knowing that we will take full responsibility for providing you with a design that fully meets your requirements and expectations.

In the video link we will guide you through the process you will encounter should you choose Pipelife ECO to design and supply your home heating solution.

 

 

 

Comparing Quotes

When comparing quotations from multiple heating solutions providers it is important that you remember the following, as the price quoted in many cases can mask many future problems shortcomings.

Not all heating systems are equal.  There are four common ways in which heating solution providers can reduce the purchase costs of their systems thus making them look more competitive but these reduced upfront costs get passed onto you, the homeowner, in the form of much higher heating bills and reduced life time of your system.

In the video we will show you how to avoid these pitfalls.

 

 

Some of our satisfied customers

In 1996, the Underfloor Heating department was set-up incorporating every aspect of heating systems and deliver fully designed, energy efficient systems to a range of installers, developers, builders, engineers & architects. Here is a small sample of projects that we have supplied over the years!

Dermot Bannon – Dublin – As seen on Room to Improve

Pipelife Eco were delighted to supply our underfloor heating solution to leading Irish Architect Dermot Bannon for his new build house as recently seen on his TV Show – Room to Improve.

Jamie and Donna Case Study - Part 1

Pipelife Eco Home Heating Solutions are delighted to be working with Jamie and Donna Hallahan as they start their new home build journey.

Jamie and Donna Case Study - Part 2

The Pipelife Eco Team of experienced technical service engineers will be on hand to offer on-site support, full technical back-up, overseeing installation and provide onsite training to installers!

Jamie and Donna Case Study - Part 3

The Pipelife Eco team will be following all stages of their new build journey from initial on-site meeting to laying of their Underfloor Heating system, installation of Heat Pump & Commissioning of heating system right through to completion of their new home.

Ballinglanna Housing Development, Glanmire, Cork

A new housing development of 608 A-rated, low energy & CO2 houses in Glanmire, Cork with construction being carried out by the O’ Flynn Group. The Ballinglanna development emphasises on high quality design and finishes. Pipelife Ireland will supply the full heating system consisting of an Air-To-Water Heat Pump and Underfloor Heating for this development.

Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover choose Pipelife Eco for New Car Showroom

What do the Johnson & Perrot Land Rover, Jaguar and Volvo car garages have in common? They are all heated by Pipelife Eco. We are delighted to be part of this fantastic development supplying underfloor heating for this new state of the art showroom.

Carlow County Council in conjunction with Rebuild Ireland

Heating System designed and supplied by Pipelife for housing development of 20 houses with underfloor heating on ground floor and low temperature radiators upstairs. Opened by Eoin Murphy, Minister for Housing and Urban Development.

Crammers Court Nursing Home, Belgooly, Cork

Pipelife Ireland were delighted to supply our underfloor heating solution and Hitachi Heat Pumps for the new Crammers Court Nursing Home in Belgooly, Co. Cork. This project required 12 manifolds and a cascade system of 6 x 16Kw Monobloc Air to Water Heat Pumps to meet the heating requirements of the new building.

Hampton Wood, Jamestown & St. Margaret’s Road, Dublin

A selection of Houses, Duplexes and Apartments all supplied with our Hitachi Air to Water Heat Pumps.

Frequently Asked Questions

The best heating system for your home is an Air to Water Heat Pump, combined with underfloor heating, on the ground floor, and either underfloor heating or radiators on the first floor. Underfloor heating on the first floor would be preferred if the first floor is of concreted construction. If the first floor is of timber construction, fitting radiators would be preferred as the installation of underfloor heating would be expensive.

There are many advantages of an underfloor heating system:

  • Comfortable and even temperature throughout
  • Efficient on fuel, due to lower operating temperatures
  • Healthier environment with less dust being circulated
  • Safer—no hot panels or dangerous hard edges
  • No restrictions on interior design layout
  • Low maintenance
  • Maximum usable floor spaces
  • Excellent value for money
  • Independent temperature control for all rooms
  • Lower CO2 emissions

This is a very good question.

Underfloor heating includes a series of pipes buried in the concrete floor of your house. If there is any issue with the pipe in the future, it will be very expensive to locate and repair.  Pipelife manufacture the pipe in Cork and the pipe is guaranteed for 50 years.

Pipelife warranties include:

  • Pipe, for 50 Years,
  • Heat pump, for 5 years,
  • Electrical components, for 5 years,
  • Manifolds, for 5 years,
  • Pipelife Heating Systems are all fully covered by third-party Design Indemnity Insurance.
  • Pipelife has been manufacturing and supplying heating systems in Ireland for 50 years.
  • Pipelife manufactured pipe carries a 50-year warranty, giving you peace of mind that the pipes buried in your floor are the best quality available.
  • Pipelife offer full design indemnity insurance on all systems.
  • All systems are very user friendly.
  • We commission every full system supplied. A full system comprises of heat pump, underfloor heating and/or radiators, plus all associated components and controls.
  • We have engineers throughout the country to cover after-sales service, which we pride ourselves in.

There are many components in a heating system. When poor quality components are used, this is when things can go wrong. Most of the components can be replaced easily as these are accessible. What is not easily accessible are the pipes under your floor. There have been lots of horror stories in the industry with regard to substandard pipe. There are documented instances of people having to move out of their house to accommodate removal off all floors in the house to replace pipes that have prematurely failed, only for the homeowner to find out that the warranty of the pipes has expired, and they would incur the very expensive cost of replacement. Insurance companies will not cover costs on uncertified pipe.

Insisting on full design insurance, high quality components with long warranties, and reputable suppliers will ensure that you will not incur costs in the event of any issues that may arise. As the pipe will be buried within your floor structure, you should insist on a 50-year warranty on the pipe used. Do not take the word of a sales rep, please insist on documented evidence.

This depends on the size of your house and the level of control you require. Below is only a rough guide:

  • House size 50Msq – 100Msq = € 4,500 plus vat.
  • House size 100Msq – 130Msq = € 4,900 plus vat.
  • House size 130Msq – 150Msq = € 5,250 plus vat.
  • House size 150Msq – 220Msq = € 6,500 plus vat.
  • House size 220Msq – 280Msq = € 6,850 plus vat.
  • House size 280Msq – 350Msq = € 7,300 plus vat.

Please use above only as a guide. To receive an accurate, detailed quotation, please send us a set of drawings. We will return a full detailed quotation, outlining the best options available to you.

An approximate rule of thumb is €16/per square meter of floor.

Please use above only as a guide. To receive an accurate, detailed quotation, please send us a set of drawings. We will return a full detailed quotation, outlining the best options available to you.

The Pipelife heating system will cater for the entire heating needs of your house. This includes the hot water demand. The Pipelife Heat Pump will supply plenty of hot water to meet the needs of your family members.

We have our heating system displayed in our premises in both Cork and Dublin. You are more than welcome to make an appointment to come visit where one of our engineers will go through the system with you, and answer any questions you may have. Feel free to bring a set of drawings for your house and we can go through the system that suits you best.

To make an appointment simply call us on 021-4884700.

A Pipelife heating system can be purchased through your local hardware store giving the peace of mind that you are buying locally. We can also offer a fully designed & installed system either through your local plumber or one of our partners throughout the country. Pipelife have Certified Installers throughout the country and we would be more than happy to put you in contact.  You can also contact Pipelife directly on 021-4884700.

An Air to Water Heat Pump collects the heat from the outside air and through a refrigeration cycle, generates heat for your homes. There is liquid in the heat pump which will boil at -40 degrees Celsius. This liquid changes into a gas when boiled. This gas is compressed, and as the result, the temperature of the gas increases which is then used to heat your home and hot water for your showers.

Heat Pumps have gained in popularity since the changes to building regulations in 2011. There are many reasons for this.  Heat pumps meet all current and future NZEB (Near Zero Energy Building 2020) regulations, and they are also the most economical way of heating your house, as well as reducing CO2 emissions. By fitting a heat pump you are future proofing your home as fossil fuel options such as oil & gas boilers will be soon banned by the government.

Yes, you can.

There are grants available through Sustainable Energy Agency Ireland to supplement the cost of the install. For more information:

https://www.seai.ie/grants/home-energy-grants/heat-pump-systems/

Heat pumps and underfloor heating also work perfectly in extensions.

Underfloor heating consists of a lot of water pipes under your floor. Your heating source (boiler or heat pump) will heat the water in these pipes which in turn will heat your floor to a nice, uniformed and comfortable temperature. The warm floor will heat your room.

The initial investment is normally higher (approx. 10%) than a traditional radiator system but the end result is lower running costs, a better form of comfort, as well as improved control and a hidden heating system.

No. All Pipelife underfloor heating systems are relatively easy to install. Simply follow our AutoCAD design drawing for the pipe patterns and loop lengths. A full design specification goes out with each project detailing zone layouts, commissioning details, system setup and operation and of course all mechanical and electrical diagrams and data sheets.

Pipelife provide a detailed design specification with full pipe layout drawings as well as electrical wiring drawings. These drawings & installer instructions are very simple to follow which can be passed onto your local installer to install. If you would prefer, Pipelife can organise and project manage the installation right through to commissioning stage.

Commissioning is where a Pipelife engineer will call out to your house after the installation is complete. The engineer will carry out a number of checks to insure that the system is installed correctly. There are parameters set on the heat pump that are tailored the needs of your house. The heating is then turned on for the first time. The engineer will go through the workings of the heating system with you and discuss how to use the system most efficiently.

Yes. In Pipelife designs, individual room thermostats are supplied for each room, allowing you to have a completely independent time and temperature control system. Pipelife can tailor the level of control to your family’s needs, whether through a simple dial room thermostat or a digital room thermostat that you can also control through your phone and/or tablet. Other companies may choose to reduce the level of control and thus, reduce your comfort.

Yes, it would be a good idea to get technical advice on what heat pump best suits your house before you carry out any work.

Many suppliers can seem to offer cheaper solutions that ‘look’ similar.  In most cases this can only be achieved by compromising on either quality or quantity:

  1. Reducing the quantity of pipe:  This means you will need to pump higher temperature water to get the required heat, which pushes up your heating bills.
  2. Using cheaper imported pipe: Many pipes imported from the Far East is of questionable quality and will likely deteriorate quickly.
  3. Using undersized heat pump: It must operate at higher loads to provide the required heat, which will burn it out much sooner than its expected lifespan.
  4. Using less thermostats:  This means you lose control of heating each of your rooms individually, thus compromising your comfort.

Purchasing a ‘cheaper’ option can prove very costly in terms of running costs, maintenance costs and replacement costs.

Part L is one of many Building Regulations that your house will have to meet on completion. Part L relates to heating and hot water. This is a very detailed document that your builder, plumber, heating designer will have to follow to meet the minimum requirements and to make sure your heating system is up to building regulations.

The Part L document of current building regulations sets out maximum energy usage and carbon emission levels for the dwellings. It also states that all new buildings must incorporate some form of renewable energy technology to help reduce the use of fossil fuels to heat the dwelling or to reduce the primary electricity usage. The most popular renewable energy sources used are heat pumps for heating and hot water.

There is no maximum area that can be covered. The possibilities are endless.

You can add underfloor heating to your existing heating system as many people do when refurbishing and/or adding extensions to their houses. As the underfloor heating system works on lower temperatures, slight alterations to your heating system will have to be carried out by your plumber.

The ideal temperature setting is 40 degrees and should be set to ensure that the floor surface temperature should never exceed 29ºC.  Going above this temperature could cause cracking in the floor.

Tile, carpet and timber are all suitable floor coverings. There are a few design considerations to be adhered to :

    • Tile: use adhesive suitable for underfloor heating
    • Timber: use timber that has been kiln dried to approx 8%.
    • Carpet: always use a good quality thin carpet and a good quality underlay.

Always consult your flooring provider before you lay a finished floor on top. They will provide you with the best advice on choosing a floor covering most suitable for underfloor heating.

Not at all. You can incorporate underfloor heating with a radiator system.

Yes, underfloor heating can be fitted upstairs.

You are not confined to underfloor heating upstairs. You can have conventional radiators upstairs.

A screed is a layer of concrete that covers the underfloor heating pipes and becomes the floor of your house.

Generally, yes, you can. It would be prudent to get some technical advice before you carry out any work.

You would require approximately 200mm to allow for your new floor insulation, pipes and new concrete floor.

A Monobloc heat pump is a single unit heat pump located outside your home. It heats your water outside the dwelling and sends in the warm water to heat your home. These monobloc heat pumps would be slightly cheaper to buy and install. However, the big drawback is that you are heating your water outside the house which, in winter, the heat pump will have to work harder and therefore will be more expensive to run as the water may cool down before it enters your house.

A Split heat pump works differently to a monobloc heat pump mentioned above. A split heat pump, has the condenser (this collects the heat from the air) and sends in the heated gas (not water) into your house to what we call the indoor unit. (This is where the hot gas heats your water). The indoor unit also houses your hot water cylinder (water for your showers and taps). As all the heated water is contained within the building, the split systems would be considered cheaper to run.

An outdoor unit is called a condenser. This primarily collects the heat from the air which boils the gas within the unit. This heated gas, in turn, heats the water that is heating your house as well as the water for your showers.

An indoor unit is a pre plumbed unit (easy for your plumber to install) which also houses your hot water tank. This comes in white panels and look like a fridge.

The outdoor unit can be located anywhere outside your building. However, it is best practice to keep it as close to the building as possible. This will reduce the length of gas pipes that will be needed to run.

The indoor unit can be located anywhere within your house. This is in place of your conventional copper cylinder in your hot press. It is designed to look like a tall fridge and will blend in nicely with kitchen units or utility units.

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Use the contact form below to send us a message, or find your local representative details by selecting your county on the map. Alternately, you can call us 021 4884700 or E-mail us at ireland@pipelife.com.

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