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.

 

How to reduce your energy costs with electric underfloor heating

Energy costs are a huge concern for many households. Any steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient will reduce your energy costs. Heating is one of the main contributors towards your energy bills, so we will look at how underfloor heating can help to reduce heating costs.

INSTALLATION

In a new build project, installing electric underfloor heating will be comparable to installing a central heating system.

The installation costs in a renovation project can vary. Generally electric underfloor heating is cheaper to install in refurbishments compared to water based systems, as there is no need to excavate the floor to install water pipes.

RUNNING COSTS

In the UK, gas is generally cheaper than electricity. However, when comparing the running costs of gas powered central heating and electric underfloor heating, you should think about how the systems work.

Gas central heating operates by heating the air in the room. The warm air then rises. In large rooms with high ceilings, it can take a long time to warm the room to a comfortable temperature. It also means that the ceiling area will be warmer than the rest of the room.

Electric underfloor heating operates using radiant heat. Rather than heating the air in the room, this system directly heats the people and objects in the room. This means that a comfortable temperature is reached quickly and efficiently, and far less energy is used.

Radiant heating produces almost instantaneous heat, assuming the correct insulation is used. The reduction in warm up times will help to cut your heating bills.

MAINTANCE COSTS

Gas based heating systems require regular safety checks, so maintenance costs can be high. For example, an annual boiler check can cost between £60 and £120. If the boiler has to be replaced, this could cost more than £1000.

By comparison, electric underfloor heating has no moving parts. Once it is installed, it is completely maintenance free.

With comparable installation costs, non-existent maintenance costs and a highly efficient method of heating the room, electric underfloor heating can result in significant savings on your energy bills.