You need a Part P qualified domestic electrician. If you are considering underfloor heating, S.Trott Electrical Services will advise you of the available options, provide a free quotation and install your chosen under floor heating in your home. It is best to contact us to discuss your needs. In the meantime, below you will find information about underfloor heating and the various flooring options.
he principals of under floor heating (also referred to as radiant heating) remain the same whether you are using an electric or water system. Heated floors act as efficient low-level radiators, radiating heat energy evenly into the room, gently warming the living space through a combination of radiant energy and heat conduction.
In a modern, well insulated room, where heat loss factors have been taken into consideration, under floor heating can act as the primary heat source: in the majority of cases eliminating the need for radiators. Under floor heating is thermostatically controlled using a digital interface and floor sensor, controlling the under-floor heating system within 1° C of your temperature settings. Air and floor temperature sensors regulate heat output to maximise comfort.
Unlike under floor heating, radiators convect heat into the room, creating rising currents of warm air concentrating at the ceiling level: this type of convection heating is wasteful and inefficient. Under floor heating operates by radiating heat energy into the room at the floor level, gently and evenly warming the room: this method of heating is cheaper to run than radiator heating by up to 20%.
Modern under floor heating is unobtrusive, allowing the freedom to position furnishings and units wherever you want, without having to compromise on design considerations that would otherwise be the case with conventional, wall mounted radiators. By eliminating old fashioned, inefficient radiators from the walls, the days of having to arrange furniture in the warmest spots in the room, close to radiators, are over.
Finally, with radiator heating, no matter how warm the ambient temperature in the room, the floor will always be uncomfortably cold, particularly where hard floor surfaces like tiles or laminate flooring have been chosen. The great advantage of underfloor heating is that this form of heating not only warms the room more efficiently at a lower cost, it also gives a luxurious Mediterranean feel to walk on; tiles and laminate floors now have a welcoming warm surface.
For heating in your conservatory where radiators would be unsightly: the comfort & warmth of an underfloor heating system at your feet really comes into its own; heating the room and more importantly heating that cold floor.
Under floor heating will eliminate the shock of cold tiles and add that extra touch of luxury to kitchen and bathroom tile floors; warming the tiles and gently heating the room.
Under floor heating systems are suitable for almost any floor finish; however, it is important to understand the effect of different flooring types. Whichever floor covering is chosen it will become part of heating system, radiating heat energy into the room. Each floor covering will have a greater or lesser degree of efficiency of the under-floor heating, depending on the type of material chosen.
In simple terms, harder and denser floor coverings like ceramic or stone tiles allow a rapid transfer of heat energy thorough their structure. This means that with these floor types their surfaces are excellent emitters of thermal energy (referred to as thermal conductivity or W/mK) – these flooring surfaces will provide the optimum efficiency over an under-floor heating system.
Under floor heating provides the luxury of electric under floor heating to living rooms, bedrooms, hallways, loft conversions and conservatories or almost anywhere a laminate, engineered wood or real timber floor is being laid. These floor types will give excellent results when used over under floor heating.
Vinyl flooring types generally offer little thermal resistance to the heat transfer – these floor types will work efficiently with under floor heating.
Carpets and underlay on the other hand are excellent insulators As such, these materials will resist the thermal energy being generated by the under floor heating. If carpets are the preferred choice, select those with low TOG ratings: underlay should also be chosen with low insulation properties. The thicker the carpet and underlay the longer the warm up time thus slowing the heat transfer of the flooring into the room – these floor types are considered to be the least efficient of all the floor coverings.
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