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Electric Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating is a relatively new way to provide heat to your home, and whether you are completing a refurb or directing a self-build, you might want to consider installing underfloor heating to help keep your toes warm or even completely replace your radiators.

Usually, underfloor heating is used in rooms like the bathroom and the kitchen, but it works in living rooms, hallways, and even bedrooms. There are two main types; electric and water – and if you are deciding which is best for you, then our team can help you make the choice based on your personal circumstances.

What is Electric Underfloor Heating?

Electric underfloor heating consists of a series of electrical wires that are installed beneath the flooring of a room.

The wires are connected to the mains electricity and include a sensor to help regulate temperature as well as a thermostat so you can control when they are turned on and off.

How is it installed?

Electric underfloor heating is usually installed on a layer of floor insulation, which prevents heat from leaking underneath. Electric underfloor heating can be installed anywhere with mains electrical supply and tend to be put either inside a layer of screed or in suspended timber, with a floor covering above.

While you can buy off-the-shelf electric underfloor heating kits, we would always recommend that you speak to a qualified professional to install your system – they will not only be able to provide advice on how to complete the project in the most cost effective way, they will also be able to help you plan the layout, wire up the system, and complete the job with your preferred flooring.

A qualified electrician is also required to wire the new electric underfloor heating system into the mains so it is safe and ready for you to use. This is not something you should attempt for yourself – it is a health and safety issue firstly, but faulty wiring could cause more expense in the long run.

Is it expensive to install and run?

One of the main differences between electric underfloor heating and water-based systems is the expense and the difficulty of installing.

Water underfloor heating tends to involve more upheaval and expense – the space needed to lay the heating can mean that floors need to be raised, doors need to be shorter, and you may even have to install a step.

Electric underfloor heating is much more straightforward to install, which makes it considerably cheaper in the first instance. It is also less likely to cause as many problems – although you will need to lift the floor to get it in, it’s smaller and takes up less room.

In terms of running costs, electric underfloor heating is known for being more costly as it runs directly from the electric supply. However, you can mitigate this cost through the use of renewable energies like solar power, which makes it a much greener way to heat your home.

What else do I need to know about electric underfloor heating?

Electric underfloor heating needs to be controlled via a thermostat. These are usually wall mounted, and one thermostat is needed for each room that has underfloor heating, which means that you can control them separately.

Underfloor heating usually works well with manual, programmable, and even smart thermostats, which means you can set the on/off times and adjust temperature from your smartphone.

It is important to note that underfloor heating tends to run at a lower temperature than traditional radiators, and it will take a bit longer to heat up.

For a professional opinion as to whether your home would be suitable for electric underfloor heating, contact our professional team today.