Underfloor Heating

Underfloor Heating – is it for you? If you’re thinking about underfloor heating you’d probably like to know a little more about it. So, let’s consider what’s hot and what’s not when choosing and fitting underfloor heating in your conservatory, Orangery or Lifestyle Extension and what the advantages to you might be.

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  • How does underfloor heating work?

    How does underfloor heating work?

    In its simplest form, underfloor heating turns your floor into a large warm radiator. Once the floor temperature rises above the room’s temperatures, the evenly spread heat circulates across the floor surface creating heating everywhere – simply, warmth evenly distributed.

    The clever bit is that because the floor is much bigger than a radiator it doesn’t need heating anywhere near as much and so is more energy efficient.

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  • 5 Star electric underfloor heating

    5 Star electric underfloor heating

    Our 5 Star Electric underfloor heating uses electric matting which is laid into a levelling screed and is fitted before the tiles are laid. Our electrician must make preparation for underfloor heating during the first fix (normally his first installation visit) and commissions the heating during the second fix (when he makes everything work). The heating system is also installed with thermal insulating backer board to increase efficiency and reduce running costs.

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  • Is electric underfloor heating expensive?

    Is electric underfloor heating expensive?

    5 Star Electric underfloor heating is more expensive than conventional heating systems, because it requires more materials and involves more labour-intensive work. If we compare a 5 Star Electric underfloor heating installation to a standard pressed steel radiator system (with no boiler) the costs on average are higher. However, once you look at features, such as designer column radiators or more elegant designs and radiator covers, the gap between the prices can be reduced. Also, 5 Star Electric underfloor heating takes up no room, is never unsightly and doesn’t impede the positioning of furniture.

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  • Is electric underfloor heating more efficient?

    Is electric underfloor heating more efficient?

    How much does 5 Star Electric underfloor heating costs to operate in the long run will depend upon the heat level you demand and how well insulated your new conservatory is; the glass you choose, the number of insulated fitted roof panels and the roof style will all impact. These are far more important factors than the cost differences between underfloor and other types of central heating.

    It is essential that your new floor is insulated for your 5 Star Electric underfloor heating to have an effective and efficient output and the higher the quality of the insulation, the greater the impact on the overall running costs – investing in our premier base is prudent in the long run.

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  • Why choose electric underfloor heating?

    Why choose electric underfloor heating?

    5 Star Electric underfloor heating is generally believed to be slightly quicker, and therefore normally cheaper, to install than the warm water alternative. Electric system tends to be thinner and more manageable than warm water systems. In fact, for this reason, electric systems are normally the primary option for conservatories. Our normal electric system is fitted in the screed in the form of heating mats which are rolled out to cover the floor. It is also good to remember that 5 Star Electric underfloor heating can also be powered by renewable heat sources like heat pumps and solar panels.

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  • A water system is more complicated to install than electric, and more expensive.

    A water system is more complicated to install than electric, and more expensive.

    A water underfloor heating system can sit below almost any floor but is more complicated to install than electric, and more expensive. Underfloor heating offers an alternative to radiators in conservatories and many other rooms. Simply, a water based underfloor system is a series of pipes connected to your boiler which circulate warm water throughout the floor to heat the space above. Alternatively, you can connect the water underfloor pipes to a solar water heating system, air source or ground source heat pump. Whatever your connecting to the primary consideration, is the power source powerful enough?

    The Energy Saving Trust says water underfloor heating is typically more energy efficient than radiators and therefore less expensive to run. This is because the heat emitted from an underfloor system is more evenly distributed than a radiator, and so the system can use water at a lower temperature.  But how much you save on your energy bills over time will depend on how energy efficient your home is, the size of system, the room and how much you use your heating. The price can also be affected by whether the conservatory is near the heating system.

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  • Does the floor covering matter?

    Does the floor covering matter?

    Laminates. When it comes to 5 Star Electric underfloor heating for laminate flooring a carbon film system is installed along with insulation and a protective polythene membrane that allows the laminate to lay flat and expand and contract naturally. It’s worth mentioning that solid wood is not the best conductor of heat.

    Carpet – If you have been in an apartment with thin walls or ceilings maybe in a holiday apartment, you will already know that carpet acts as a great insulator (for noise and heat), so the thicker the carpet, the lower the heat from 5 Star Electric underfloor heating. If you must fit carpet and underlay should it not exceed a combined tog (thermal resistance) rating of 1.5 – the higher the tog, the more pipes and cables you’ll need to install to compensate. Our advice is, don’t choose carpet.

    Ceramic – Great for use with our 5 Star Electric underfloor heating because of their relatively high thermal mass, ceramic or porcelain tiles are excellent conductors. We lay with appropriate tile adhesive and grout that is compatible with 5 Star Electric underfloor heating and that allows for movement.

    Luxury Vinyl Flooring – Almost as good as ceramic tiles when used with the 5 Star Electric underfloor heating carbon film system and a special heat pack boarding that aids thermal conductivity.  This is currently the must have floor which gives your new room that modern styling finish and when used with underfloor heating definitely gives it that 5 Star treatment.

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  • Simply No!

    Simply No!

    The worst thing you can do to waste your time, energy and money is to install 5 Star Electric underfloor heating and then cover your floor with lots of rugs that make it harder for the heat to circulate away from the floor.

    Summing Up

    A combination of both types of heating* within a home can often be the most suitable solution when adding a conservatory. Your boiler isn’t being put under excess load and therefore is not causing cold spots in other rooms around your home. The simply independent controls on the home 5 Star Electric underfloor heating within the conservatory gives the best, most controllable solution.

    *Boiler fired radiators and 5 Star Electric underfloor heating.

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Conservatories

Adding a new Conservatory, orangery or a lifestyle extension to your home is an exciting time. We’ve fitted hundreds of beautiful high security, low maintenance Conservatories around Kidderminster, Worcester, Bromsgrove, Droitwich and throughout the West Midlands – and we would love yours to be next. We will take care of you right from the beginning to completion. Looking after planning, guiding you through designs, colours, locking and much more. We want you to love your new conservatory so as soon as your ready give us a call or pop down and we will start working on releasing your dreams.

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