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.

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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.

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