Could Far Infrared Solutions foot the bill for home heating?

A recent report by the Committee for Climate Change called for a ban on domestic gas boilers by 2025. The report – UK Housing: Fit for the Future? – wants the government to ensure that new homes are not connected to the gas grid and that domestic heating is decarbonised by switching to electric heating and away from gas boilers.

In his Spring Statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond also said new standards should “mandate the end of fossil fuel heating systems in new homes from 2025, delivering lower carbon and lower fuel bills”.

So what is the answer to this fossil fuel problem? There are several ‘renewable’ energy solutions available in the market today including hydropower, wind power, solar power, geothermal energy and bioenergy. All of them are suitable in certain circumstances, but not all are suitable for most developments, as they can be costly upfront, take up a lot of valuable land space and have high ongoing maintenance costs. For the majority of UK builders, these options are going to be reserved for top-of-the-range projects. But what about the 60 -70% of other new build affordable houses and flats? What about the retrofit market?

An alternative is quick-fix, easy to install and no-maintenance electric underfloor heating (UFH) and far infrared heaters (IR).

The International Experts

Flexel have been manufacturing and supplying innovative electric underfloor heating systems and accessories to the world market since 1978. Our range of products includes Underfloor Heating, Ceiling HeatingControls & Accessories, Infrared Heating Panels, Outside Applications,  Pipe Freeze Protection Cable and Mirror Demister Pads.

As part of the Fenix Group of companies, with production facilities in the UK, France, Spain and the Czech Republic, we are now of one of the largest and most influential companies involved in the manufacture and marketing of surface area radiant heating.  

Flexel exports worldwide to countries where gas imports are too expensive and electricity is the primary energy source, with its products used as a primary heat source rather than a secondary back-up system.

As you’d expect from a company that’s been manufacturing for over 40 years, it’s fully compliant with all current regulations and requirements, including EN 60335-2-96 and ICE 60800 and most importantly for our UK market, Flexel is approved to comply with the 18th Edition Wiring Regulations – a must for all wired products safety.

The Hottest Technology

All Flexel products utilise radiant heating – also known as far infrared heating – which heats the objects in the room, rather than the air. This creates a comfortable and even heat throughout the area and also reduces drafts and dust movement, so it’s great for allergy sufferers. 

Electric UFH is a highly efficient, low-cost way to heat a building or home. Most of Flexel’s UFH systems operate at 150w per m² and use floor probes to feed back the temperature of the floor. This allows our thermostats to be very accurate and cuts running costs by managing the floor temperature, rather than the ever-changing air temperature caused by a water-based, oil-based or electric convection heater system.

Flexel’s far infrared heaters are more efficient too, with a 0.5Kw model typically the equivalent of a 1.2Kw standard electric convection heater – offering over 50% energy savings to customers.

The company’s UFH systems can be installed under almost any surface and are completely invisible and quiet. Unlike conventional warm water radiators, which don’t contribute to the room’s aesthetics and can take up space, a radiant floor or ceiling heating system allows more flexibility to create the perfect living environment. In addition, Flexel works closely with an established network of approved distributors including all national and independent electrical wholesalers across the UK, Kitchen & Bathroom Showrooms, Tile and Flooring Showrooms and Pluming & Heating wholesalers. Always insist on Flexel products.

We also offers a free design service to ensure that electricians are able to specify the correct products and accessories for their customers.

For more information, email enquires@flexel.co.uk, call 01592 760 929 or go to our Products page and Download page.

Flexel | Telford Road |  Glenrothes |  KY7 4NX | 01592 760928

Storm Caroline

Storm Caroline has brought winds of upto 90mph to the UK, especially the North of Scotland.

 

At the moment there are no disruptions to deliveries, so all underfloor heating orders should arrive as planned. If anything changes, we will let you know.

 

Make sure you stay safe and stay cosy!

Issue with the phone lines

This morning (01/12/17) the phone and fax lines have been affected by some issue. Engineers are working on this now and it is hopeful it will be resolved shortly.

 

In the meantime, could any orders or quote requests be emailed to pc@flexel.co.uk and we will continue to process these.

 

Thanks for your assistant and apologies for any inconvenience.

Mirror pads from Flexel International

After the introduction of the expanded selection of radiant heating panels, Flexel International are continuing to add new products to their range.

 

We have greatly expanded the selection of mirror demister pads that are available.

 

Mirror demisters are the safe and easy to install solution to a steamed up mirror. The self adhesive pad is simply stuck onto the back of the mirror and then integrated into the lighting circuit. This means the pad comes on only when it is required, to keep your mirror free of steam.

 

The pads can be used in bathrooms, shower rooms and en suites, with mains and low voltage options available.

 

This expanded selection compliements the electric underfloor heating that is at the centre of Flexel’s product range.

Advantages of underfloor heating

With winter approaching, it makes sense to look at the advantages of electric underfloor heating compared to other heating options.

Compared to water-based underfloor heating, electric underfloor heating is much easier, quicker and less expensive to install. There are also no maintenance costs connected to electric underfloor heating, as there are no moving parts. Once it is installed you don’t need to worry about servicing.

Underfloor heating has many advantages over traditional hot water radiators. For example, installing underfloor heating means that 100% of the wall space is free. This will give you more options when decorating or choosing the layout of your furniture.

Radiators are also difficult to clean, due to the shape, so they tend to trap dust. they work by heating air that travels over the radiator. The hot air rises and cold air falls, where it is heated. This air circulation leads to temperature differentials in the room. It also circulates dust and other allergens around the room.

Electric underfloor heating does not heat the air. Instead it warms the people and objects in the room directly. This saves energy, as you will feel the heat quicker. It also means there is a uniform temperature maintained in the room. Finally, as it does not create air currents, dust is not spread around.

Whatever heating system you are currently using, electric underfloor heating has advantages that need to be considered.

New radiant heating panel catalogue launched

At Flexel International, we are pleased to announce that we have expanded the range of radiant heating panels available.

This includes universal panels, which can be wall or ceiling mounted and are suitable for both residential and commercial properties. There is also a great selection of glass panels, avialble in a huge range of colours and styles. You can even have a custom digital print added to some glass heating panels.

Radiant heating panels specifically designed for commercial properties are genrally ceiling mounted. This frees up all the floor and wall space, allowing for more storage space and creating a more efficient workplace.

Finally, the range includes specialist church heaters, which are attached to pews and can be controlled individually, reducing energy consumption when heating a large space like a traditional church.

See the full range of radiant heating panels from Flexel.

Also, for more informationa, check out the new radiant heating catalogue from Flexel, dedicated to the enhanced range of radiant heating panels.

 

Choose radiant heating for a cleaner home

Choosing radiant underfloor heating or radiant heating panels instead of conventional hot water radiators can make it easier to keep your home clean and tidy, which is especially good for asthma or allergy sufferers.

This is mainly down to the way the different heating systems work. Hot water radiators heat the air around the radiator. The hot air then rises and cold air falls but is then heated by the radiator. This causes air to circulate in the room. THis means that allergens or dust will be picked up by the air currents and spread around the room. The shape of most hot water radiators also mkaes it easy for  dust to gather on the radiator, ready to be circulated around the room when the radiator is on.

Radiant heating systems do not heat the air. Instead, the system heats the people and objects in the room. This means air currents are not created, so dust and allergens are not spread around the environment.

Also, our range of radiant heating panels are very easy to clean.

Choose radiant heating from Flexel International for clean, energy efficient heating.

Cyber attack on courier – update

Recently, our courier was affected by a ransomware attack, which was aimed at many large businesses. The attack was designed to destroy data, rather than steal it.

Since the attack, our courier has been working hard to restore all functions, although some deliveries were delayed as a result as all automated processes had to be done by hand.

However, all the issues caused by the attack have now been resolved. Online tracking is available once more and all automated processes are back in action.

At Flexel, we are obviously pleased our courier has managed to resolve everything as quickly as possible and we hope that nothing like this happens in the future.

The importance of insulation

When installing underfloor heating, it is highly recommended that the correct insulation is used. Insulation will dramatically cut down warm up times, saving energy and reducing your energy bills.

When using cable mats or loose cable from Flexel, we would recommend our cement coated insulation board. This is made form extruded polystyrene with a polymer cement coating, and will slash the warm up times when using yourt underfloor heating. For example, if you have a timber sub-floor with 10mm cement coated insulation boards in place, you can expect the floor to  reach temperature in around 30 minutes. A concrete sub-floor with similar insulation would heat up in around one hour.

Compare that to an un-insulation concrete sub-floor. This can take over eight hours to reach the desired floor temperature.

When using EcoFilmPro or EcoFIlmSet, it is vital that you use the EcoMax-Lite insulation. As well as reducing warm-up times, this will protect the heating element from any moisture in the sub-floor. Moisure in the sub-floor can potentially cause nuisance tripping of the RCD. The insulation also provides excellent sound insulation, which is vital when a laminate floor covering is put in place.

Whatever type of underfloor heating you are putting in place, it is important that the correct insulation is used. This will save you money and ensure your home is more energy efficient.