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Timber frame construction and heating: FAQs

Timber frame construction and heating: FAQs

Can a timber frame construction bear the weight of radiators?

Is a timber frame construction strong enough for large, heavy radiators? We are asked this question every now and then, but rest assured: the structure of the timber frame can withstand quite heavy loads. The weight of radiators is no problem at all in a timber frame construction, whether you choose heavy steel radiators or designer models that are as light as a feather. However, the strength of the interior walls is extremely important. The brackets are mounted on the walls and they have to be firmly attached with the correct screws. It goes without saying that no heavy units can be fixed to walls that are too light in construction.

For maximum comfort, it is best to choose – also in a timber frame construction – radiators in combination with underfloor heating.

Is a heat pump useful in a well-insulated timber frame house?

We can answer this question positively too. Heating with a heat pump makes a lot of sense, certainly in combination with underfloor heating, because a heat pump can generate low temperatures in a sustainable, efficient way, which is good for the efficiency of the underfloor heating system. Of course, you can also connect the heat pump in your timber frame construction to radiators, although it is best to go for designer radiators with a large heating surface or for a mix of radiators and underfloor heating.

What is the best central heating boiler to choose?

In this area, timber frame construction is no different from other construction methods. You can choose from electric heating, gas- or oil-fired central heating or heat pump heating. Of course you should opt for an energy-efficient boiler, such as an HR-condensing boiler or a heat pump.