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5 Things to Consider when Purchasing Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating is vastly becoming the most popular and desired method of heating in homes and public buildings such as hotels and schools as it offers maximum space abolishing the need for radiators whilst still providing greater levels of comfort.  Here are five things to consider when purchasing your fancy new underfloor heating system:

1 – SUITABILITY

The fantastic news is that underfloor heating works with virtually any floor covering including carpet, engineered wood, tiles and vinyl meaning that whatever your plan, underfloor heating will be sure to fit in with it! An important factor that needs to be considered is insulation, particularly in older buildings, as this will ensure the underfloor heating works at optimum temperatures without losing any heat.

2 – COST

Underfloor heating is almost guaranteed to save you money overtime.  As long as the systems are correctly installed, they will require no maintenance meaning no additional unwanted expenses so that your underfloor heating system can literally be out of sight and out of mind! Underfloor heating is also run at significantly lower temperatures compared to a radiator but still provides an immediate and consistent warmth which means your heating bill will reduce dramatically overtime. It has been known that the costs to purchase and install the underfloor heating has been recouped in savings within a year!

3 – YOUR EXISTING SYSTEM

Underfloor heating can work in conjunction with your current radiator system or as a standalone heat output.  In comparison to a radiator, underfloor heating is cheaper to run and approximately 25% more efficient. Alternatively the current radiators can be removed offering free wall space which is fantastic for living rooms and bedrooms where space counts.

4 – WATER OR ELECTRIC?

Choosing between a water or electric system is one of the most important decisions when thinking about underfloor heating.  Whilst both systems still work to the same principle, both systems are more suited to different types of building.  Water ushutterstock_198253487nderfloor heating is best suited to a new build property as the floor height may need to be elevated whereas electric is suited to existing builds and is fantastic in bathrooms and
kitchens giving instant heat to tiles. Electric comes in either a mat or cable form.  A mat is best suited to a larger, open space whereas a cable is suited to awkward shaped rooms as it offers greater flexibility.

5 – INSTALLATION

Anyone who is competent with DIY should find the installation process relatively simple.  A qualified tradesman will be required by law to complete certain parts of the installation in order to follow safety guidelines and validate your guarantee (which is lifetime if choosing a ProWarm system).  We will be with you every step of the way during the installation process. We are also open six days a week to answer any technical queries you may have in regards to installation. We also have a fantastic YouTube channel, packed with installation videos to lend you a helping hand.

 

Thinking about Electric Underfloor Heating

Electric underfloor heating is an exceptional source of heating for your home and is vastly becoming the most modern way for homeowners toUFHS-Mat-Kit-Double-Mat-Only heat their homes.  Installed in hundreds of thousands of UK homes it is also increasingly popular in public buildings such as hotels and student accommodation. An alternative to traditional methods, underfloor heating essentially turns your floor into a radiator making you wave bye-bye to those pesky cold spots and tiles you face on a cold British morning. Viewed by many as an item of luxury, underfloor heating is actually very affordable and efficient and is packed full of pros such as the system being hidden out of view offering more space and leaving the interior design of your home completely up to you, just the way it should be. It can also be installed under virtually any floor covering such as carpet or wood but it is more commonly used under tiles and stone making it perfect for your bathroom and kitchen. You would be mad not to consider it in your home!

Electric underfloor heating is available in either a mat or cable form and is installed under the floor. A mat is generally best for larger open spaces whilst a cable is more suited to an awkward shaped room due to the flexibility the cable offers. Both rely on a series of wires under the floor that push heat upwards in order to evenly distribute heat which eliminates unwanted draughts and offers a minimal look in the home by not needing radiators. A layer of screed is placed below to ensure the floor is flat before insulation is then placeiQ-stat-blackd on top which makes the system run efficiently and fuss free. Using electric underfloor heating also allows you to run the system at lower temperatures but still provides greater comfort and you and your feet will be toasty and snug due to the even distribution of the heat making you and the room feel warmer.

Electric underfloor heating is relatively easy to install and you would be able to complete this yourself as long as you are competent with DIY however a qualified electrician will be required to connect the system and the thermostat to the mains so you can easily adjust the temperature and allow the system to run smoothly and resourcefully. Underfloor heating is also available using a water system instead of electric however this is more complex to install and is generally more costly to purchase as the electric systems are not too thin and the floor will not need to be raised. The only other costs incurred when purchasing electric underfloor heating are installation, insulation, thermostat ProWarm choice and screeding, making the process moderately affordable and simple.

Made up your mind and decided you want to think about installing electric underfloor heating in your home? Head over to The Underfloor Heating Store where fantastic brands are on sale such as ProWarm, Warmup & Devi where prices begin at only £113.99 for a mat and £84.99 for a cable! Head over to our Facebook page where we are offering an exclusive discount code for liking our page!

Warm up your Winter with ProWarm

ProWarm PartnerAs summer evenings draw to a close and winter nights begin to rear its grey head, a lot of people are beginning to look at improved ways to make their homes warmer during the approaching harsh winter winds and are considering purchasing and installing underfloor heating. With its popularity soaring in latest years and with the market ever-growing it is becoming harder to choose a brand that you can trust to see you through the cold and dreary evenings.

ProWarm is one of the best-selling underfloor heating brands available on today’s current market in Europe. Unlike the majority of its competitors ProWarm specialises in both electric and warm water underfloor heating systems making it clear to see why this is the professional’s choice when deciding what brand to select. With their systems currently installed in more than 100,000 UK homes, they offer an extensive product range from single room heating mats to large multi-storey wet systems, meaning they have a solution to every scenario from renovations to new builds. Their products endeavor to be hassle free to install whilst they offer a larger range of sizes to suit all consumers available to cover a wide range of floor coverings such as carpet, engineered wood and tiles.

ProWarm is also the only UK company to offer complete peace of mind to all its customers with all heating cables and thermostats coming with a no quibble lifetime guarantee as standard with no hidden costs involved making it stand out from its rivals. The systems are constructed using multi-strand elements using the thinnest cables which enables them to be tiled straight over making the systems exceptionally durable, reliable and tough.

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ProWarm’s main aim is to ensure that every system they design and manufacture achieve and exceed customer satisfaction which is clearly demonstrated with a five star rating based on thousands of happy customer reviews. In addition to this, ProWarm also provide a technical helpline which is operated by more than 10 fully qualified electricians and plumbers who are on hand all day to give instant advice and assist with installation queries. The team can also provide full detailed quotations from your drawings or plans which will be supplied at no extra cost should you wish to purchase the system.

ProWarm is currently being stocked and sold in over 100 different outlets across the UK including electrical wholesalers and plumbing merchants and is purchasable through more than 30 approved partner sites but the best place to buy your new ProWarm system is at The Underfloor Heating Store where the prices promise not to be beaten.

Find the right thermostat for you

Finding the correct thermostat for your new electric underfloor heating system can be tricky given the numerous models which are currently on the market. The factors for choosing your new thermostat will involve the functionality, affordability and how the style will look matched to your home furnishings. The Underfloor Heating Store will have no qualms in ensuring that you find one that meets all these factors given the numerous options they have on sale.

Firstly is our personal favourite, the all new Pro IQ system, which is the newest thermostat on offer made by Prowarm which was launched in 2014. There are 5 available colours to perfectly suit all customers home décor with more ready to launch in late 2015. The days of wishing you had pre-set your heating to kick in for your arrival home from your long commute or being filled with post-break blues after a scorching summer holiday knowing you will be arriving back to a chilly home are over as you are able to control this thermostat using your tablet or smart phone from any location. This is a must for any busy person on the go who hasn’t got time to engage with time clocks and thermostats. Possibly the most swish choice on offer you are able to create a fully controllable network system for your home heating. Prices range from as little as £69.99 making this an affordable option whilst providing top of the range features and a polished design.

Perfect for: people on the move, families and young professionals

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Similar to the Pro IQ system is Warmup’s offering of thermostat. The 3IE and most recently introduced is the 4IE. Like the Pro IQ this system also comes in a variety of colours such from Piano Black to a more vibrant Leaf Green. This range of thermostat is innovative, interactive and intelligent all combined into a discreet sized thermostat. The 3IE adjusts to the ever changing conditions of your home, room and seasons to ensure maximum energy efficiency which has been proven to save up to 10% on your home heating bill. This thermostat comes with a full colour touch screen and graphical programme display making any adjustments and general user-face as easy as possible. The 3IE was the first thermostat able to provide a real-time graphical display showing how much energy you are using and when. Launched in early 2015 was the arrival of the 4IE which allows you to control your heating from your smart phone and tablet in the way the Pro IQ allows you to. The built in Wi-Fi learns how you use your heating and the way your home uniquely reacts to this before making suggestions on ways to save energy. It also includes WarmApps a feature which gives you access to the latest traffic alerts and transport delays. For ultimate personalisation you can also upload an image to be used as the thermostats background. Prices begin at £99.99 for 3IE’s with 4IE’s beginning at £159.99.

Perfect for: gadget lovers, people with a higher budget and busy professionals and families

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Taking thermostats back to basics is the affordable ProWarm Digital which is an ever-growing best seller which is available in white or silver. At only £59.99 or an extra 9.99 as an upgrade to any ProWarm electric kit this thermostat is powerful with a sleek design which will fit nicely into any home. This thermostat gives you the option to switch between three different sensing modes (air, floor or air and floor) with an automatic blue back-light. You can easily toggle between Celsius and Fahrenheit to suit your preference. This straight-to-the-point thermostats enables the simplest user-face allowing you to increase or decrease the temperature fuss free. The lifetime warranty makes this thermostat one of the most attractive on sale.

Perfect for: everyone who wants a fuss-free user interface

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Electric underfloor heating: Which is the best system to use?

You might have recently been looking into electric underfloor heating and feeling a little overwhelmed with all the choice out there.

You’re not the only one. There are a huge variety of brands all offering kits at a range of different prices, which is why here at the Underfloor Heating Store we’ve come up with an at-a-glance breakdown of three brands to choose from. Take a look and take inspiration to kick start your search in selecting the most suitable electric system for you.

Devimat™
One of the best-known underfloor heating brands, Devimat™ comes highly recommended by tradesmen everywhere. The mats are incredibly thin which means they can be easily used with tile flooring that can be laid directly over the top. Devimat™ systems also come with floor and air sensing and timer thermostats to give you complete control over your heat settings.

Prowarm™
Prowarm™ systems are available in both loose cable and heat mat kit varieties, so you can choose the right solution for your needs. Rooms that are an awkward shape might not be suitable for a heat mat kit and so loose cables will allow you to install underfloor heating in those fiddly corners.

Prowarm™ heat mat kits work best when paired with the correct underfloor insulation and are so easy to install you can do it yourself! The systems also come with a Cable Safe Guarantee, which means they are guaranteed to last a lifetime and work using advanced Teflon technology. Plus, they are constructed using multi strand wires that are extremely tough.

Warmup
One of the leading brands on the market, Warmup is a popular electric system used regularly by tradesmen. Available in loose cable, heat mat, underwood foil heater and inscreed heating systems you can find a suitable solution for every room and flooring.

Warmup also offers a lifetime warranty on its loose wire and underfloor matting heating system, so you have peace of mind that should anything go wrong you’re covered. Don’t forget to opt for a thermostat to pair with your system; Warmup thermostats are available in a variety of colours to complement any home.

Whatever system you choose it’s always a good idea to remember that underfloor heating is a cost efficient way of keeping your home nice and toasty. Electric underfloor heating systems are a little more costly to run compared to their wet counterparts but they will save you money when it comes to installation because they do not require piping and plumbing work.

How long does it take to install underfloor heating?

You’ve finally got round to installing underfloor heating in that utility room or bathroom – it’s the 21st Century, you shouldn’t be doing the ‘cold feet’ dance anymore in the morning – but you still need to decide how much time to set aside for the project.

Installation times can of course vary per room and project, whether you are bringing in a tradesman to do the work or tackling it yourself. Our experts here at the Underfloor Heating Store have got the cold (warm) hard facts when it comes to installation time for your new energy efficient, underfloor heating system:

So just how long would a tradesman estimate for an underfloor heating job?

Well, of course this varies depending on the property and scale of the job but typically an electric underfloor heating system can be installed within an hour – from priming the subfloor, to laying the heating system and wiring up the thermostatic control.

Wet underfloor heating is a lengthier process and can take a few hours due to the pipework having to be installed, plus the pump and then the filling of the system. The Underfloor Heating Store’s ProWarm conservatory packs (30m2) can be installed ready for screeding in two hours – however this may vary on room size.

Overall, a tradesman preparing to install an electric or water underfloor heating system – in a suggested kitchen/dining area of 24m2 (once the kitchen units have been reduced) – would factor in around two working days for the installation of either type of system. This factors in preparation time, set up and drying times for adhesives for wet systems.

Can anything delay a system installation?
A screed floor can cause delays if it is not completely dry, prior to an electric system with insulation boards being installed. However, delays shouldn’t occur as long as the person installing the underfloor heating has all the correct equipment at hand and they follow step-by-step instructions correctly.

Installing a wet system within a screed can take a few months to fully dry out but this would not delay the installation of the system as such, just the fitting of the finished floor covering.

Our systems, for example, have been designed so that your everyday homeowner/DIY enthusiast can fit them. The ProWarm electric underfloor heating mats are by far our quickest and easiest system to install. The heating mats come pre-spaced and assembled, saving the installer any hassle when it comes to laying the system in small intricate areas and time when installing in larger areas.

The self-adhesive backing with these types of systems can be easily peeled back and the mat fibreglass mesh then adhered to the subfloor. The heating mat is then ready for a final coat of levelling compound or tile adhesive (depending on the flooring you are using) prior to installation of the floor covering.

We hope this helps you make a decision when it comes to setting time aside for your exciting new DIY project and that you enjoy your underfloor heating system once it’s fully installed and running!