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Top 5 Benefits of Electric Underfloor Heating

Electric underfloor heating is a modern way of heating the home and is popular with homeowners and businesses alike, particularly in the Tourism trade.  It acts as a smart alternative to traditional systems.  You can learn more about the technical side of electric underfloor heating here. Below are the things we love the most about our electric underfloor heating…

SPACE:   Electric underfloor heating is essentially turning the floor into a radiator which eliminates the need forshutterstock_59589844 probably the ugliest part of a room freeing up the wall and floor space so that you can place your furniture wherever you like. This will make the area seem a lot larger which is a potential buyers dream.

TEMPERATURES:    As electric underfloor heating is installed and spread out beneath the floor, where heat will rise, it means it does not need to be run at high temperatures like a radiator system and will provide an even, comfortable surface temperature.  Radiators are normally installed in a corner and would need to be run at high temperatures in order to feel the benefit.

HEALTH:         Many people are unaware that electric underfloor heating can provide many health benefits for those with severe allergies. As the system runs at much lower temperatures and is evenly distributed across the room it will circulate cleaner air which reduces the likelihood of allergies caused by dust and will reduce dampness and eliminate cold spots and draughts which will provide relaxed living for all the family.

COSTS:   Underfloor heating is viewed by many as an item of luxury but not miQ-Orangeany people know that it is very affordable.  The system itself is run at lower temperatures and uses less energy when compared to a traditional system so is guaranteed to be cheaper to run. Electric underfloor heating is also very easy to install and can be done yourself if you are relatively happy with your DIY skills, whatsmore is that once the system has been successfully wired up by an electrician is that virtually no maintenance will be required!

VERSATILE:   Electric underfloor heating will fit perfectly in any type of room.  It is available in either a mat form, best for large open spaces, or a cable form which is best for smaller, awkwardly shaped rooms. It can practically be installed under any type of floor covering from carpet, tiles, stone and wood.  As it is out of sight and out of mind it won’t clash with any of your décor which gives you the freedom to do whatever you like with your interior design. With plenty of thermostat options available in a variety of colours including the Pro IQ in Summer Orange or a 3IE in Leaf Green means there is something to suit everyone’s taste and budget.

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Do you need a Professional Company to install your Underfloor Heating?

What could sound betterTiled Floor then stepping out of bed on a typically cold British morning to a warm floor making you have the warmest and cosiest feet on the street? This is just one of the reasons why people are taking the plunge and installing underfloor heating. What’s more is that underfloor heating is suitable for a variety of floor coverings from carpet to tiles meaning that it is perfect for any project from new builds to renovations.

There are two types of underfloor heating: electric and water. Electric underfloor heating is where a cable or mat is installed underneath the floor and electricity allows this to warm the floor and room. Whereas water underfloor heating is where pipes are installed under the floor and warm water is pumped around the pipe in order to heat the floor.

Electric underfloor heating is relatively simple to install to anyone who is competent with DIY.  To make the installation easier the cables come entwined into a mesh mat. It is a legal requirement that an experienced electrician connects the system to the electricity supply and tests the system so that it complies with the building regulations and that your safety is ensured. Once the system is installed it will require no maintenance and will last for many years which is guaranteed to save you money.

Water underfloor heating is best suited to new build properties as it may require the floor height to be adjusted making it a lot more complex to install. We would always recommended a professional is hired to install this type of system.  Although you will save on costs by installing this type of system yourself, in the likelihood that something goes wrong, the costs to rectify the issue could prove costly.ProWarm

We recommended that you always seek expert advice before choosing to install underfloor heating in your home. Make sure that you buy the correct system for your floor finish and always purchase a system with a full warranty – such as the Prowarm system that comes with a lifetime guarantee!

If you do choose to install the system yourself then we are on hand with our team of qualified electricians and plumbers to offer assistance as well as being able to give advice on layout, insulation and other aspects of the installation process. Call us today on 0844 800 3396.

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!

10 Reasons to get Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating is big news and is currently installed in hundreds of thousands of homes in the UK as well as public buildings such as luxury spas and canal boat B&B’s. Originating from the Roman Empire, underfloor heating is the principle of transforming the floor into a large radiator to provide a comfortable surface temperature as heat rises from the floor in order to warm the whole room. With it vastly growing in popularity, a lot of people know how it works but what exactly are some of the many benefits to underfloor heating? Here are 10 reasons why you should ditch the slippers this winter and allow underfloor heating to warm your heart…

Underfloor heating works by essentially turning your floor into one large radiator. Hidden away by the floor coverings, underfloor heating will make your home seem minimalist and will give you the freedom to decorate and furnish your home just the way you want it without having to worry about ugly radiators getting in the way which make demands on precious wall space.

With energy rates constantly on the rise a lot of people are looking at ways to save energy in the home through such methods like solar panels and an improved central heating system. In short radiators are definitely not energy efficient in comparison to new technology. The energy that is required to power the underfloor heating can be up to two thirds less than what is needed for the average central heating system.

Home renovation plays a key factor for many home owners who are looking to make their homes more profitable for when they are ready to move on. Previously this could have been achieved through methods such as a whole new bathroom or kitchen suite which are costly and time consuming. Now adding underfloor heating in your home will instantly increase the market value of your property. For many house hunters underfloor heating is considered a luxury and can provide that ‘wow factor’ people are seeking.

All ProWarm under tile mats, cables and thermostats come with a lifetime warranty included as standard giving you complete peace of mind when installing your new system. With a standard gas boiler system only expected to last around 10 years, underfloor heating will typically last over 25 years and even longer if the floor coverings are not changed.

Underfloor heating allows heat to be evenly distributed across the whole room and provides coverage to 90-95% of the floor space. Heat produced by a radiator will travel up and back down from the height of the radiator whereas underfloor heating rises straight from the floor below making the room feel a lot warmer. As a radiator is normally situated on one side of the room and typically below a window, a lot of heat will be lost causing unnecessary draughts and creating cold spots as the heat does not travel evenly throughout the room like it does with an underfloor heating system.

Anyone who is competent with DIY should find the installation process relatively simple however water systems are more complex. Although you will need a qualified tradesman to complete some parts of the installation it is still a cost effective method of heating. At The Underfloor Heating Store we are with you every step of the way and have a team of qualified electricians and plumbers who will be more than happy to assist you through the process as well as a great YouTube channel for installation videos. Once your underfloor heating system is installed it requires virtually no maintenance meaning the system can be out of sight and out of mind.

In comparison to a radiator which needs to be run at 70-80°C, underfloor heating requires a steadier temperature of 30-40ºC. This is most effective in open plan spaces as the entire floor radiates heat upwards so that you can benefit from warm feet and even room temperatures. The temperature only needs to be around 2ºC more than the room temperature making it a comfortable environment to live within.

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If you suffer with severe allergies then underfloor heating should be a no brainer. Due to the nature of how a radiator system works by heating the room from the top down it is prone to circulate dust around the room. With underfloor heating this is abolished as no irritating particles can be spread as the heating system is concealed within the floor structure and the even temperature it provides circulates cleaner air into the home and reducing the likelihood of dampness.

As previously mentioned underfloor heating means that the temperature of the system is significantly lower when compared to a radiator but still makes you feel warmer meaning that over time you will notice your bill reduce dramatically. Although an initial outlay is required along with installation costs, it is believed that these costs will be recouped in savings within a year. Call us today to find out how much you could save!

If you don’t do it for yourself then do it for your four legged furry friends! Your pets are sure to find their groove on the warm floor especially in the cold winter months when they are unable to pop an extra layer on like us! No animal enjoys cold paws on a winter’s morning and sadly dog slippers are yet to be invented. They will repay you with a lifetime of love and affection!11875240_10153508546334318_4482084200781924217_o