I currently have a UFH installation which is plumbed in and functional, but not commissioned. Basically, as part of a kitchen conversion project, a pl umber installed the pipes and connected the plumbing, but the electrical gu y never turned up to do the control connectivity. After repeated calls, I f igured he was never gonna show up. No money lost, as I never paid him, but I still need to get things set up properly.
Right now, I have a UFH circuit under the kitchen/dining area. Manifold and tubes fully connected and up to pressure, with their own pump. I temporari ly plugged the pump into a regular power socket and if we need UFH to circu late, I flick on the power to the pump, while the heating is on. The manual dial thermostat on the manifold determines the temperature of the UFH. Not ideal - I know. I hardly had to really use it in this way, but as winter a pproaches, I need to automate it.
There is a motorised zone valve on the flow to the rest of the house that i s not electrically connected and is in manual-override right now (via a sma ll lever on the Honeywell valve). Flow to rest of house is therefore always on.
I'm more than willing to do some reading and get things connected, but coul d initially do with some pointers. E.g. How does the control of boiler and separate UFH conceptually work ?
Recommended products - UFH controller ? Thermostat for the boiler ? Inter-c onnectivity ?
Will a specific UFH controller/thermostat be the controller of the zone val ve ?
My Vaillant boiler has no external thermostat right now, just a timer, so I guess I'll need to obtain an external thermostat also.
It all looks a little non-trivial, though I'd like to at least get an under standing and have a shot at it, before calling an "expert".
Thanks for any advice.