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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.

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™ 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.

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!