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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