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.

The Flexel lifetime guarantee

At Flexel International, we manufacture and sell top quality underfloor heating products. In fact, we are so confident about the quality of our range, that mamy of our products are covered by a lifetime guarantee.

Our cable mats and loose cable come with a ten-year guarantee as standard. This covers you against any manufacturing defects.

To extend this to opur comprehensive lifetime guarantee, simply register your products here.

You will need the serial number from the cable our the mat, so be sure to make a note of this before laying the floor covering.

The advantages of radiant heating panels

Replacing your traditional hot water radiators can seem like a daunting task, esoecially if you have always had them in place.

 

However, radiant heating panels have many advantages over traditional radiators, which can help you save money and enjoy a more comfortable home.

 

Traditional radiators work by heating the air around the radiator. The hot air rises due to changes in density. This means the ceiling space is heated first, and the temperature of the radiator has to be kept fairly high to produce a comfortable environment.

 

Radiant heating panels do not waste energy heating the air. Instead, they heat people and objects in the room. That is because they use infrared energy, which is the most efficient transfer of heat energy available. As a result, the heating panel can be set to a lower temperature while retaining the same level of comfort. This saves energy and, ultimately, saves money.

 

Radiant heating panels also result in a more uniformally heated room. Traditional hot water radiators warm the ceiling space first, which can result in a stuffy environment.

 

There are also health concerns associated with traditional radiators. The shape of most radiators traps dust and is difficult to clean. This dust is then circulated around the room due to the air movement caused by the way the radiator works. Radiant heating panels do not move allergens around the room, which makes them a great choice for allergy or asthma sufferers.

 

Radiant heating panels also begin heating almost instantaneously. Imagine being in the Sun on a cold day. When the Sun comes out from behind a cloud, you can feel the warmth straight away. Radiant panels use the same infrared enegy as the Sun.

 

Finally, the range of Flexel radiant heating panels are available in a huge range of designs and styles. Ceiling mounted heating panels allow you to use 100% of the floor and wall space, which can give you more flexibility when deciding where furniture should go. Wall mounted panels can become a talkig point in the home, thanks to our selection of beautiful, artistic radiant heating panels.

A guide to buying underfloor heating

When considering buying underfloor heating, there are several things you need to consider. Careful planning will help ensure you choose the underfloor heating system that is right for you.

First, decide on whether you want to go for an electric or hot water system. Electric underfloor heating has several advantages over hot water heating. Electric systems are much easier to install, meaning they are suitable for refurbishment projects and installation costs are reduced dramatically. In fact, aside from the final connections (which must be made by a qualified electrician) electric underfloor heating can be installed by a competant DIYer.

Installing water based underfloor heating is a much more complex and disruptive process. Installation costs will be significantly higher, as it must be installed by an expert. It is more suited to new build projects than refurbishments.

Assuming you choose electric underfloor heating, the next decision is what the final floor covering will be. This will define the type of system you use. For example, if you are installing a tile or stone floor in a fairly large room, you should choose a cable mat. If the room is smaller, or an unusual shape you may want to consider loose cable.

If you want to install a laminate or wood floor, then heating film is the best option. For carpet or vinyl, you should choose film combined with an overlay board.

Finally, if you are installing laminate or wood in a wet room, then a foil heating mat is the right choice.

Once you have chosen the correct electric underfloor heating system, the next consideration is insulation.

Generally, the more insulation you install under the system, the most efficient it will be. This will save energy and reduce running costs.

When using cable mats or loose cable, you should install a cement coated insulation board. As well as acting as insulation, this will help stabilise the subfloor. If you are installing film or foil based systems, then a polystyrene foam insulation must be used.

The final choice is the thermostat that will be used to control the system. Whether you choose a manual, digital or a wireless thermostat, it must include a floor sensor. This will give you total control of your underfloor heating system.

Deciding on the correct system and accessories will ensure the installation process is quick and easy, and will ensure your system runs effectively and efficiently.

At Flexel International, we are here to answer any questions you may have about electric underfloor heating.

Courier affected by cyber-attack

You may heard of the recent ransomware attack which has affected a wide range of companies. One of the companies affected is TNT, our courier company.

While they are working hard to get their computer systems back online, many processes have to be done manually. As a result many deliveries have been delayed and tracking is not available.

TNT are confident this will be restored in the next few days, and any underfloor heating orders that have been delayed will be delivered as quickly as possible.