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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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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.

 

Water Underfloor Heating

When it comes to choosing a heating system, water underfloor heating is a popular choice. Similar to its sister product, electric underfloor heating, it can be installed under a wide range of floor coverings such as stone, tiles or wood.  Water underfloor heating is a smart alternative to more traditional heating systems, such as radiators, as it is installed beneath the floor. This offers more space in the home and makes the floor warm which is perfect for winter mornings across the entire house!

Water underfloor4portwithtouchscreenr heating is a series of pipes connected to the boiler which circulate warm water throughout the floor to heat the area. This works by connecting pipes which are laid beneath the floor to a manifold, which is fundamentally a central system used to connect the pipes together and then to the heating system. It will then be connected to a thermostat so that you are in control of the temperature.

The floor will need to be prepared and insulated suitably in order for the system to run effectively and efficiently. The floor may need to be elevated as there needs to be adequate space to accommodate this and the piping. For this reason, water underfloor heating is best suited to new builds as it is not always possible to do so in existing builds as the heating may escape downwards due to insufficient insulation.

In comparison to electric underfloor heating, water is generally more expensive however it will save you money in the long run as the systems are more energy efficient which makes them cheaper to run. They allow the boiler to work at lower temperatures as the heat is evenly distributed.  Water underfloor heating is guaranteed to last offering you total peace of mind.

Before purchasing this type of system we recommend any DIY newcomers to contact us for advice. Our qualified plumbers and electricians are on hand six days a week to provide guidance on the best system for your room size and shape along with any technical install queries you may have.shutterstock_1778287

To make your selection easier we have sorted our water underfloor heating into Bronze, Silver and Gold to suit everyone’s different needs and budget.  Our Bronze range is perfect for when you want to upgrade a small area whereas our Gold range is best for larger spaces that require the best in performance. The Silver range is by far the best value for money as it comes with a 50 year pipe warranty, multiple thermostat upgrades just like the gold range. Take a further look today online or call us on 01268 567016 for advice.

Welcome to The Underfloor Heating Store!

Smarta Awards Winners Wall001We are a market-leading online retailer of electric and water underfloor heating. As well as selling market leading brands such as ProWarm, we also stock associated products such as heat pumps, tile adhesives and wet rooms! The company was founded in 2008 by brothers Michael and Steven and has gone from strength to strength ever since.  With a string of awards under our belts including business man of the year, we have also been named in the 2013 Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 for Britain’s fastest-growing private companies which is something we remain very proud of.

Based in Basildon, Essex at the Carnival Park complex we are joined with the famous ‘Bas Vegas’ which is host to a cinema, bowling alley and numerous restaurants and bars. We have over 20,000 square feet of warehouse space and have recently opened a new warehouse only 2 miles away to make room for hundreds of more product lines! We also house the UK’s only fully functioning showroom with active displays which is open to the public 6 days a week so you can come and feel the warmth for yourself. In SONY DSCaddition to this we have an excellent trade counter which offers exclusive discounts! We have a team of over 40 people, many of which are qualified electricians, plumbers and ex installers, who are on hand to discuss your project, provide quotations and offer technical advice as well as delivering exceptional customer service! You can meet the team and get to know us a bit better here.

As well as selling fantastic products with a fantastic team we love to support local charities.  We are honored to have supported Little Havens for many years, who provide respite breaks and care to terminally ill children within the local area. 10 pence of every order we receive is donated to Little Havens as well as fancy dress days and dinner dances.  So far we have raised over £40,000 to help!

We have also been seen on TV and recognised in the National Press. We have featured on TV programmes such as BBC’s DIY SOS with Nick Knowles and the Home Show on Channel 4 as well as publications including the Daily Mail and Grand Designs magazine.  We have also been a part of various home design and renovating shows at London’s Olympia and the NEC in Birmingham. As well as this we will be exhibiting at the Homebuilding & RenFM8R2609ovating show this weekend (25th-28th) at London’s ExCel centre on stand D165.

On 18th August Travis Perkins acquired a majority stake in The Underfloor Heating Store and we have now become a part of Travis Perkins Sustainable Building Business (SBS) which will enable SBS to become an integrated and unrivaled distributor of renewables and energy-efficient heating products. Michael and Steven will still remain with us and will continue to push The Underfloor Heating Store forward.  We are also proud to be recognised as a Which? Trusted Trader, confirming our status as a high quality service provider of underfloor heating solutions.

Full lifetime warranty, free UK delivery, price match promise and a 5 star rating on Trustpilot to over 100,000 satisfied customers is just a few of the reasons what make us the UK’s leading underfloor heating company.  Like what you see? Find out more and browse our extensive product range here.

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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…

1. YOU WON’T NEED TO WORK YOUR INTERIOR DESIGN AROUND YOUR RADIATORS
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.

2. ENERGY EFFICIENT
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.

3. INCREASED HOME VALUE
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.

4. GUARLifetimeANTEED FOR LIFE
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.

5. NO MORE COLD SPOTS
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.

6. EASY TO INSTALL AND MAINTAIN
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.

7. RUN AT LOW HEATS
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.

9. WILL SAVE YOU MONEY
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!

10. YOUR PETS WILL LOVE YOU FOR IT
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

Do as the Romans Do – A History of Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating is viewed by many as a modern day invention, however, its systems were first installed in the UK in the 1960’s, but jump back 2000 years ago to the Roman period for when the concept of having warm floors to heat an area was first devised.  Unlike today where underfloor heating is an affordable and cost effective way to heat your home, only the wealthiest of people living in Roman villas would have been lucky enough to stay warm via this method of heating but the systems were also very popular in public buildings such as the famous Roman baths in the colder regions of the Roman Empire.

Romaine_Villa_hypocauste-radiant-floorAs more commonly used heating methods such as fireplaces were both inefficient and dangerous, as they carried the risk of fire and smoke inhalation, a new method was created. This was called a hypocaust which originates from the Ancient Greek meaning of heating from below and was the original technology for heating a room by using hot air. Pillars would be used to raise the floor from the ground before tiles and concrete would be added. A furnace would then be situated at the bottom of one corner of the room.  Hot air and steam created by the furnace would travel through the gaps in the floor in order to produce the hot air needed to warm the floor and walls with heat passing into the surrounding rooms.  The heat would then escape through a flue in the roof and walls which were often made with brick with two horizontal holes through them.  Unlike today, where you can operate your heating by using your smartphone, the furnace would have needed constant attention to feed fuel into the fire and remove the ashes.  This would have been done by a household worker which is why only the richest could afford such a labour intensive method of heating.  This system allowed safe and comfortable living and rooms requiring more heat would have been located closer to the furnace.

In comparison to the underfloor heating available today which are advanced, energy efficient and easy to operate, they latex floorhave evolved into two different types of system which are electric and water.  Both systems result in beaming heat rising from the floor level which is just the same as the Romans original principles.  Today underfloor heating is ranked as one of the most efficient methods of heating a property with its popularity soaring.  It can be found in places such as hotels, football dug outs and even in dog kennels! But we owe all of this luxury to the Romans.  So now instead of finding a suitable household worker to tend to your furnace, you can focus on enjoying the comfort of your new heating system with a cuppa. So when in Rome, do as the Romans do and install underfloor heating in your home today!

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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