Electric underfloor heating is a good choice for smaller properties, with small rooms and a variety of materials such as wood or carpet used as floor coverings.
This is a very simple form of heating. Electric heating elements (similar to those you see used in open standalone electric heaters) are laid upon the base floor, and then the covering is fitted on top. For example, wood flooring would be lifted, and the heating elements of the underfloor heating system would be laid on the concrete floor once it has been insulated. The wood flooring would then be re-fitted on top of the newly installed heating elements.
An electric underfloor heating installation provides a way for any building to reap the benefit of the increased running efficiency of underfloor heating compared to more traditional types of heating.
How Does an Electric Underfloor Heating Installation Work?
The process of installing electric underfloor heating is far simpler and less intrusive than a similar wet based system. Below we explain the basic steps that need to be carried out during an electric underfloor heating installation:
Plan and measure – the first process in any construction project is the planning stage. A floor plan of the area that is to be heated should be drafted up, and comprehensive measurements made to discern the floor area that needs to be covered with heating elements. You will need to allow for some extra room around fitting such as doorways and alcoves. Furthermore, electric underfloor heating installation engineers usually recommend that an additional five to ten percent overfit is planned it, to deal with wastage and mistakes made in measurement.
Fully insulate the floor – this means ripping up any floor coverings such as carpet and wood planking and fitting comprehensive isolation to the bare floor. Bare cement would act as a conduit for heat loss, insulating the cement makes sure that the majority of heat produced by the underfloor heating is directed upwards, into the room.
Ensure power is available – an electric underfloor heating installation requires access to a safe, high amp rated power supply to each room that will be heated. In most cases, this will require running fresh power cables, that are rated to cover the power draw of the heating elements, into each room. Each power cable should be fitted inside a suitable conduit, or countersunk into a wall if it cannot be laid under the floor for some reason. Once the power cables have been run, they need to be tested. Additionally, each power cable should be grounded and be protected using an appropriately rated fuse.
Lay the heating elements – many firms that undertake electric underfloor heating installation recommend using a form of matting, that has the heating elements running through it. This is easy to fit, and cost-effective. Matting can be pre-cut using the measurements produced in the planning stage, and laid onto the insulated floor. Some electric underfloor heating matting has a self-adhesive backing, and this should not be used until the cut has been offered up to check it fits. This includes accurately fitting around features such as toilet pedestals for example.
Fit the thermostat – most electric underfloor heating installation engineers will fit a thermostat in every room, so room temperatures can be adjusted individually. The thermostat needs to be fitted in a convenient location, but one that won’t allow it to be adjusted by mistake due to brushing against it. It can be tempting to fit a room thermostat next to the light switch, but this can result in frequent accidental adjustments to the thermostat, as it is often changed by accident instead of switching the light on or off.
Test the electric underfloor heating installation – now that the installation is complete, it is time to test that everything is working properly. This includes testing whether the heating is actually working and also checking that thermostats are functioning correctly and regulating heat to the required temperature. Power usage should also be monitored at this stage, to ensure that no electricity is being lost due to a short or a bad connection.
Leave Electric Underfloor Heating Installation to Professionals
Although you could use the steps we have outlined above as a basic guide to installing your own electric underfloor heating system, we do not recommend this.
As part of the electric underfloor heating installation, you will be dealing with high voltage electrical cabling. Additionally, you will be fitting the underfloor heating in rooms such as a bathroom or kitchen, with a water supply. We all know that mixing electricity with water is a bad thing! The safest way to have an electric underfloor heating installation carried out, is to use a professionally qualified and certified fitter working for a reputable underfloor heating firm.
Furthermore, any professional underfloor heating installation will come with a guarantee, so that if something goes wrong, the problem will be fixed without you needing to pay for the parts and labour used to fix it.
The Underfloor Heating Company London can carry out electric underfloor heating installation safely and quickly. We can tackle even the most complicated underfloor heating project, for use in any type of property.