Month: November 2017

The Pro’s And Con’s Of Electric Underfloor Heating

feet on underfloor heating wooden panels

Ahhh! Electric Underfloor Heating

It’s a bit of a hot topic at the moment, and it’s still one of the more popular heating options for modern homes. This is mainly because it’s completely invisible once it’s installed, giving you more options for decorating and cleaning your home. But despite its popularity, it might not be the magical heating solutions you’ve been looking for. This winter as the chill starts to set in, we wanted to share with you some of the pros, and the cons of electric underfloor heating. 

Pro’s

    • Space Saving –

      The main advantage of electric underfloor heating is that it is very slimline and space saving. That’s compared to both standard radiators and standard underfloor heating. The electric mesh lies under flooring completely flat, unlike traditional piped underfloor heating. This means that floors don’t need to be sunk or raised to accommodate bulky pipes, saving a huge amount of space.

    • Even-Heat –

      As the heating elements are distributed underneath the entirety of your floor, you will get a much more even heat in the room. So not only will it keep your feet warm in the winter, but it will ensure there are no cold or super hot spots in your rooms.

Unfortunately, that’s largely where the positives end for electric underfloor heating. While it is great for bathrooms if you’re prone to cold feet, the negatives tend to outweigh the positives.

Con’s

    • Long Heat Up Time –

      Unlike piped heating or electric radiators, electric underfloor heating takes a long time to heat up fully. This means that you either need to turn on your heating hours before you need it or leave it on permanently through the colder months, both of which mean higher bills.

    • Need More Insulation –

      In order for you to have electric underfloor heating installed, you will need to invest in a good base. You can’t just put it down on top of a concrete slab. Underfloor heating mats have to be installed on top of a highly insulated base. If they aren’t, they won’t provide you with much heat at all in colder weather – particularly if it’s your primary heating method.

    • Complex Installation –

      The installation of electric underfloor heating is not a simple thing. Not only do they need to be placed on properly insulated bases (see above), but they also come with a series of controls and mats, which make installation itself time-consuming, complicated, expensive and very disruptive.

    • Prone To Faults –

      As with many electronic meshes, electric underfloor heating is incredibly prone to faults, especially if they aren’t correctly installed. And because the mesh mats are laid under your flooring, when one goes wrong it isn’t an easy job to take it up and replace one. In fact, since many are installed underneath concrete screed or wood flooring, it is often impossible to replace defective panels.

In case you hadn’t noticed by now, while it is electric, we are not the biggest fans of electric underfloor heating. While it is nice to have toasty feet (no-one’s denying that), the advantages of electric underfloor heating just aren’t big enough to justify it. Instead, if you’re looking for an alternative to traditional heating that is energy efficient and clean, you are better off opting for electric radiators.

At Electric Heating Expert, we love everything about electric radiators and electric heating. Whether you’re replacing some old storage heaters or looking for an affordable alternative to gas, electric heating is an investment worth making. We pride ourselves on providing tailored advice that will help you make the best choice for you. For more information about electric radiators, or to find out if they would work for you, get in touch with us today.

How To Tell It’s Time To Replace Your Radiators

arm put on heating white radiator

Brrr! Are you guys feeling the chill?

It’s hit a bracing 5 degrees in the UK this week, and by now most of the country has their heating well and truly turned on. But for some, they’ve turned on their heating and are still waiting for the heat to turn on. It’s been idle for half a year, and there’s nothing worse than discovering your heating won’t work properly. But unless it’s just not coming on, how do you know if it’s time to replace your radiators this year?

They’re Leaking

In general, the water works best when it’s actually in the radiator. So if you’re seeing puddles of water or drips coming off your radiator, it’s a pretty good sign that there’s something wrong with your radiators. Leaks are sometimes the result of a loose radiator valve but more often than not, it’s a leak from the body, which is caused by corrosion and pretty much impossible to fix. If you can identify where the leak is coming from, you will have an idea of how serious an issue it is.

It Won’t Heat Up

If your radiator isn’t living up to its primary function, something is probably wrong. If you’ve tried the usual fixes (bleeding it, checking the boiler and the thermostats), then odds are you have a problem with the valves. If your radiators are on the older side, then prolonged use could have caused a number of problems with these valves that prevent them from opening and closing. This is why your radiators won’t heat up. Again, this is an expensive fix, and usually, one that makes it cheaper to replace the system.

It’s Rusting And Rattling

Many people keep radiators for a very long time. Replacing them tends to only happen when something goes wrong. But over the years, all of the water running through your radiator will cause 2 things – corrosion damage and rust. With rust, the metal will become brittle and flaky, resulting in murky water that will flow through and damage the whole system. It also makes noises as the water erodes it or causes blockages, resulting in rattling. With corrosion, you will start to see holes in the internal and external metal, which is one of the leading causes of leaks.

Why Not Try Electric Heating?

If your radiators are starting to go on the fritz, why not consider replacing them with electronic radiators instead? Electronic heating will not only last longer than a traditional radiator (thanks to the lack of water damaging the metal interior), but they will also be far more energy efficient for your home. On average, electric radiators need to be run for half the amount of time than traditional water radiators, thanks to their quick heating design, helping you significantly reduce your gas bill and warm up your home in time for Christmas.

At Electric Heating Expert, we specialise in the supply and fitting of electric radiators. Our range provides enhanced heating comfort through innovative design, are fully programmable, non-intrusive and incredibly energy efficient. For more information, just browse our range or get in touch with us today.