With fast winter approaching, people’s minds are beginning to turn towards the subject of the domestic heating of their homes. With environmental issues uppermost in the minds of many homeowners, choosing or changing to a green system is preferable, and one of the most popular choices is electrical underfloor heating.
For many years the public has considered electrical underfloor heating to be something of a luxury product. But with helping to preserve the environment in mind, property owners now regard it as a domestic necessity. It means that more electricians are now asked if they can install this product and of course the answer should be yes. It is not rocket science.
Understand the benefits dry underfloor heating systems offer
If you, as an electrician or an electrical contractor, are asked about the benefits of electric underfloor heating, (sometimes referred to as “dry” underfloor heating) here are a few things you should know:
• Works at a lower temperature. Dry U/F heating works at lower temperatures than conventional electrical fires or radiators. In other words, it uses less electricity.
• More efficient in larger spaces. The heat that electrical fires and radiators generate remains close to the source. With underfloor heating, it is spread out across the entire area. This even distribution means there are no cold spots.
• Rooms warm up quicker. Because underfloor heating is widespread across the room, areas warm up more quickly and stay warmer for longer.
• The air is clean and not polluted. The warm air circulated from dry U/F heated air is cleaner than that emitted from radiators. Radiators and wet underfloor heating also push moisture around. Electrical underfloor heating is dry, so there is less chance of mould forming.
If your skills extend to working with flooring, you can install dry underfloor heating entirely yourself. If you are not sure, and the installation is a difficult one, you may need help from a flooring contractor. The thing you must do first with any electrical underfloor heating project is to lay insulation beneath the wiring to ensure there is no heat loss below.
Electrical underfloor heating materials
Electrical underfloor heating systems can be put together using cabling and cabling kits like the materials available from The Underfloor Heating Store or by using underfloor heating mats available from the likes of Screwfix.
With the growing popularity of electrical underfloor heating, all electricians should understand the benefits it offers clients and get to know the materials available and its sources. If you don’t, you could be missing out on a rapidly expanding work opportunity.