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Electric Radiant Heating Systems

Electric Radiant Underfloor Heating
Electric radiant heating

Comfortable, space-saving, efficient and controllable underfloor heating

Many converted lofts are heated adequately by convection from a centrally heated house below. Some heating systems have boilers that can accommodate loft radiators. Others may need to be upgraded or changed.

Radiators also take up valuable loft space, require an entire house heating system to be working and are controlled by a remote thermostat.

There are advantages of heating your loft independently:

  • better control
  • loft only heating
  • early morning and night heating
  • cost savings
  • space saving

The perfect loft heating solution makes early mornings warmer, room heating more economic, and provides room by room control. We recommend and install electric radiant heating.

Radiant Heating Systems

Radiant Heating for bathrooms
Electric radiant heat

Radiant heat provides gentle warmth in a Mediterranean house at sunset. Heat gently and pleasantly radiates from floors and/or walls.

Heat waves are generated behind solid surfaces and transmit outwards to warm the surface of objects or occupants of a room.

The warmed surfaces of floors, walls and furniture then gently heat the air.

Radiant heat is different to conventional heating. Conventional heating first heats, the air which in turn warms objects.

Electric radiant heating is very popular in Europe, and increasingly used in the UK to heat lofts, conservatories and offices.

The advantages of radiant heat include:

  • Lower energy costs
  • No convection drafts
  • Smaller temperature gradient from floor and ceiling
  • Thermostatic programmable time clock with dial controls
  • Dual sensor - internal controlling room temperature and within floor
  • Warm floors and tiles
  • Higher comfort levels
  • Reduced dust circulation
  • Reduced condensation
  • Totally silent and unobtrusive
  • Safe for bathrooms and kitchens
  • Space saving - invisible heating underfloor or ceiling
  • Individual room controls
  • Quick response from cold to warm
  • Maintenance free - 10 year guarantee (2 years on controls)
  • Suits most floor coverings:
    • limestone
    • slate
    • stone
    • tiles
    • carpet
    • vinyl
    • parquet
    • wood block
    • solid wooden floors
    • strip flooring
    • laminate flooring
  • Compliant with all legislative requirements
  • Installed during loft construction under floor boards or behind ceiling boards

Electric Heating

In the UK oil and gas fired central heating have traditionally been the systems of choice. Their control, low cost and convenience have been difficult to beat, until now!

Electric heating is now a realistic option because the price of electricity has fallen and heating technology has improved. In the UK as in the rest of Europe underfloor electric radiant heat systems are growing in use. Electricity is now acknowledged as environmentally clean, increasingly from renewable sources, efficient to use, very controllable and extremely versatile.

Cost of Electricity

UK Electricity prices, for the 40 per cent of domestic customers, who switched supplier, have fallen by up to 17 % since mid 1998 (National Audit Office).

Cheaper electricity and efficient radiant heat means electricity compares favourably with other heating methods; this makes it a low cost heating option for every day, all-day use.

Tests at Edinburgh University indicate that low voltage radiant heat compares favorably with traditional radiator systems. Controlled research continues.

Room Heating Control

Radiant heat electronic control panel

Control over room temperature is crucial for a comfortable living environment.

Electric radiant heat is very controllable!

Individual room sensors and a programmable controller provide accurate room by room temperature control.

Individual loft rooms, e.g. en-suite bathroom, can be set to a different temperature with separate room thermostats linked to central programmable time clocks.

Temperatures are constantly monitored both within radiant mats (or panels), and the ambient air temperature.

Electric Radiant Heating

For economy, comfort and convenience under floor electric radiant heat is the ideal option for converted lofts.

Under-floor radiant heating is increasingly used in new build houses and conservatories.

During the conversion process, the electrical system is assessed and, if required, upgraded.

The electricians first fixing prepares the cabling for under-floor cables or cable mat.

The heating mat (a roll of copper electrodes within semi-conductive medium) contains the heating elements and this is installed under the solid flooring or behind wall/ceiling plasterboards (in the joist space).

Under Floor Heat

Some of the most attractive floor coverings such as tiles and hardwoods are cool to the touch, but radiant heat is floor warming for tile floors or luxurious wooden floors.

An electric radiant mat acts like an under-floor heater so you are always stepping on tiles or floorboards heated to your choice.

We also install underfloor heating below laminate flooring.

Radiant heating is designed to achieve a normal operating temperature of around 26 - 29°C.

From cold, you will feel the floor warming to a comfortable temperature. Just as the Romans liked it!

We ensure there is no excess thermal blocking within the floor which could result in localised overheating and affect the integrity of the floor finish.

Radiant Heating System Installation

Installing radiant heat in a loft conversion requires that electric cables for power, control and thermostat are laid before joists and boards are fixed.

The heating cables or cable mats are laid above floor insulation then either in-floor under newly laid tiles or under floor boards.

Electric underfloor heating is completely safe. The system uses wiring harnesses protected by earth leakage circuit breakers (ELCB's) installed by our qualified electricians who test all electrical connections during installation.

Detailed Information

Facts, statistics and information:

  • Maintenance free
  • 10 year guarantee
  • 2 years guarantee on controls
  • Fully safety tested
  • Compliant with International Standard IEC 800 (cables)
  • CE requirement both in terms of Low Voltage Directive (LVD)
  • Compliant with electro magnetic field effect (EMF)
  • Heating element composed of uniform carbon layer on a polyester film
  • Energy is brought into the heating film using two copper strips and is transformed into thermal energy.
  • Voltage: normally 230V for UK Class: in this case MARK 4 Wattage: usually 200W/m2
  • Amps: 10 Amps
  • Elements supplied in standard overall widths of 400mm, 450mm and 600mm (16", 18" and 24") to accommodate standard joist centers.
  • Normally element interface temperature is below 50°C

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