Electric Underfloor Heating – A Guide

by J Electrical Services on January 13, 2013

Under floor heating is a dream for cold feet in winter and may be installed beneath most floor types, such as tiles, concrete, wood, and laminate. Besides leaving more space for your home décor, under floor heating can be used as a supplemental heating method or as the main heating source for your household.

Underfloor Heating Cost Is Lower Than Other Forms of Heating – Benefits and Savings

If you are very much into the aesthetics of your home décor, under floor heating is a must. There are no radiators to interrupt the fine lines of your rooms. In addition, under floor heating is a space saver. Wall space is freed up that would otherwise be used by radiators.

Under floor heating is an exceedingly effective means of warming a room. The heating is more amiable than heat from radiators, solid-fuel fires, or stoves. Heat is radiated in a temperate way; thereby, giving your home a cozy, relaxed feeling. Cold spots are abolished, and since the majority of the heat is focused on the lower-part of your room, very little heat goes unused.

Heat produced by under floor heating systems is more hygienic and drier because there are no convection streams to pass dust around. The system is set-up to decrease moisture to thwart the development of dust-mites and other destructive organisms.

-Studies show that the cost of underfloor heating is around 15% to 40% cheaper to operate than conventional heating systems. Additionally, they are quiet in contrast to radiators, leaving you peace from the thumping and ticking sounds of plumbing as the heating contracts and expands.

As well as the equipped advantages of UFH, a sumptuous under floor heating system can make or break a deal for home buyers or tenants permitting you to increase your price.

By decreasing, by only one degree, the intended temperature on your thermostat, a momentous disparity in the quantity of power used is the result. Moreover, only heat your floor when needed. For example, if your UFH system is in a room used only during the daytime, program your system to heat the room only during that time. If you use this function and program your thermostat to the times when you utilize your room, it will monitor the amount of time required to heat your floor and modify its beginning and end time accordingly during the year.

Underfloor Heating Systems Benefits

-It is simple and 50% cheaper to install and use

-Rooms are heated quickly

-It costs less when compared against a gas-fired wet system

-It is invisible

-It is more comfortable and manageable

-It is more energy friendly than other types of heating saving you money

-It requires minimal maintenance

Installing Electric Under Floor Heating

To get the most out of your under floor heating, your property should be effectively insulated. To stifle heat loss, and to make certain that the heat is headed upwards, space is required so that insulation can be installed underneath the system.

For wet-systems, be sure to have an area for the controls to be placed like a cabinet for instance. As with radiators, every room with UFH installed will have its own valve, but they can be place together in one area including timer controls.

While a condensing-boiler will provide the best amount of savings on operating costs, any boiler may be utilized with UFH, providing it has an adequate capacity.

By situating a 20mm board right below your heating system the time it takes for your system to warm up will be decreased considerably preventing heat loss and saving you money in the end. In addition, 10mm and 6mm boards can be provided if build height is limited.

If your UFH system will be installed under tiles, utilize a 200W/sqm-system and not the 160W/sqm system. This solution will make sure that the time it takes for your system to warm-up is decreased, permitting your system to operate more competently.

Dissimilar to carbon panels and heating ribbons, complete coverage of the free-floor section can be accomplished since the mat can be turned and cut, and the cable can be stripped-off to plug any unwieldy spots.

Wet and electric are the two UFH systems available for installation. Even though the electric system cost less to install and will cause less havoc to existing floor structures, they cost more to operate than wet systems. Wet systems are more cost efficient. This is something you may want to keep in mind when selecting your UFH system.

The company installing your UFH will go over the installation with you. If you prefer installing a wet UFH system to a room already finished, professional advice is advised. Important calculations consists of the type of flooring required, possible heat loss, ceiling height, and the desired temperatures.
Summary

Whether you use a wet system or a wire system, installing a UFH system is a good move all the way round. It is practical, energy efficient, and invisible, making your home décor look up-to-date whether you have traditional or contemporary décor.

J Electrical Services has installed underfloor heating systems all over Sussex, please visit our Electric Underfloor heating page, or call us today on 01903 831414

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10 Reasons Why Electrical Inspections Are A Must For Landlords In The UK

by J Electrical Services on December 10, 2012

Landlords in the UK are required to ensure the safety of the gas and electrical installations in the rented properties under their control. While the Gas Safety (Installations and Use) regulations 1998 clearly spells out the requirements related to gas appliances, the requirements regarding electrical installations are not explicitly specified. If you have rented out property in the UK, there are many other reasons besides the legal requirements which make periodic electrical inspections a must. Let us take a closer look at the ten compelling reasons for electrical inspections.

1-To comply with legal requirements:

Other than the fact that periodic inspection is part of any good maintenance plan, landlords are required to demonstrate due diligence for electrical installations. Regular inspection is one way of demonstrating this. There are several acts that make this a necessity.

a) The Consumer Protection Act 1987 makes the landlord a ‘supplier’ to the tenant. There are several legislations under this act like the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 and the Plugs and Sockets etc. (Safety) Regulations 1994 which are related to electrical installations and which make it the landlord’s duty to ensure the safety of the tenants. The act allows due diligence on the part of the landlord to be used as a defence should something go wrong. Periodic inspection is a way of demonstrating due diligence.

b) The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 is also applicable to self-employed people. The definition of a self-employed person in the Electricity at Work Regulations can be interpreted as being applicable to landlords. This makes it a requirement for the landlord to take all reasonable and practical steps to ensure safety of the tenants from electrical mishaps.

2-To prevent death or injury due to electrical shocks:

A malfunctioning switch or a broken outlet could result in an electrical shock. Regular inspection will minimise the risk due to broken or faulty components.

3-To Prevent fire:

Faulty wiring, poor quality wires and overloading can cause wires to overheat which could result in a fire. Poor contacts which result in sparking or shorting can also cause a fire. Inspections prevent these from happening.

4-To check the earthing:

Lack of proper earthing can result in many problems like equipment damage and electrical shocks. It is essential to check this periodically.

5-To prevent problems due to appliance malfunction:

Electrical problems can also be caused due to faulty appliances. Appliances need to be periodically checked.

6-To prevent problems due to alterations or poor repairs:

Alterations or repairs made by tenants themselves or by poorly trained electricians can cause wires to get overloaded beyond the current limits that they are supposed to carry. Inspections help identify such problems and correct the issue before any serious damage can occur.
7- To identify departures from the National standard (BS 7671).

8-To fix problems reported about the installation such as defective switches, fuses blowing frequently or circuit breakers tripping.

9-To check for damages caused by floods or leaks.

10-To verify the functioning of fuses, circuit breakers and other safety devices.

As a landlord in the UK, it is essential to conduct periodic electrical inspections of the property let out by you. Landlord electrical inspection is a legal requirement, but it is also in your interest if you have let out property.

There is more information about this here but if you want to speak to one of our staff about specific requirements please call us on 01903 831414 or email info@jelectrical-services.co.uk

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J Electrical Services Reaches 100 Checkatrade Reviews

November 26, 2012

J Electrical Services has now received over 100 reviews on third-party review site, Checkatrade. This is quite an achievement for the company that has only been a member of checkatrade since December 2011! Not only have a great number of reviews been written, the average score across all reviews is 9.8 out 10. Co-founder, James Dommett Said: “People are […]

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Insurance Increase Opens New Customer Opportunities

June 17, 2012

J Electrical is proud to announce our insurance cover has now been increased to £10,000,000. This means we can now offer our quality services to the NHS, Schools and Worthing and Brighton’s councils.  

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Summer Offers, New Van and Some Great Reviews

June 15, 2012

It is a bright looking summer for J Electrcial and our customers, even if the weather is letting us all down! We have some brilliant summer offers that will see savings on Pat testing and outside lighting. You can save 20% in our June Pat Testing Offer – please click for more details! You can also […]

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June Offer, New Pics and J Electrical Hit 50 Checkatrade Reviews

May 21, 2012

There is plenty to celebrate and look forward for J Electrical and our customers. Firstly, we are doing some great deals on PAT testing in June, so please call us for more details about that! We also have added some of our latest work to the Photo Gallery, but here are a couple of tasters: […]

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Part P Consumer Information

December 14, 2011

From 1st January 2005, the Government introduced new legislation, regulating electrical work carried out in homes and gardens. The new rules affect anyone considering electrical work in the home, including DIY enthusiasts. Known as “Part P”, the regulations are aimed at curbing the unacceptable number of deaths, serious injuries and house fires, caused by faulty […]

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