Electric Underfloor Heating

Winter is coming and now is the perfect time to fit underfloor heating to your home. It will keep your toes warm and cosy whether you are cooking in the kitchen or just getting out of the shower. Creative Tiles and Laminates have great prices on underfloor heating mats, kits and insulation.

Is underfloor heating only possible under tiles?

No, underfloor heating can be used under most types of flooring.

underfloor heating mat for tiles

Underfloor Heating Mat for Floor Tiles

Under floor tiles (except quartz tiles) you use the standard electric cable mat either 150w/m2 or 200w/m2.

 

Carbon Film Mat
Carbon Film Mat for other Flooring

 

 

 

 

Whereas under laminate flooring, carpet or LVT flooring you use a carbon film mat. A heatpack has to be added when used with carpet or LVT.

 

What are the benefits of underfloor heating?

Electric underfloor heating is more efficient than radiators and other convection heat. 100% of the electrical energy is turned into heat energy, rather than being lost as exhaust gases like many gas central heating systems. It requires no maintenance or servicing.

How easy is underfloor heating to control?

Underfloor Heating Thermostat

Underfloor Heating Thermostat

 

You control the underfloor heating with a thermostat. It works pretty much the same as a central heating clock. You simply program it to run at the times you want it to be warm. As the heat is spread uniformly across the entire floor you can use a moderate temperature rather than a high setting.

 

Are there any other costs I need to consider?

Insulation Boards

Insulation Boards

Creative Tiles and Laminates always recommends installing underfloor heating along with insulation boards.

It will add to the initial cost but operating costs will be more economical in the long run. The mat will heat up quicker and waste less energy going downwards rather than up into the flooring.

How much does underfloor heating cost to run?

Generally work on 1p per square metre per hour to give you a rough idea. This figure is based on an underfloor heating system fitted with insulation.

Example: A 10m2 kitchen fitted with underfloor heating and insulation

Galaxy Star Tiles with Underfloor Heating

Galaxy Star Tiles with Underfloor Heating

A 10m2 kitchen will cost you 10p per hour for the underfloor heating.

If it is on for 2 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the evening, it will cost approximately 50p per day or roughly £15 per month.

 

Creative Tiles and Laminates use Varme underfloor heating systems. These are supplied with a manufacturers lifetime guarantee against cable failures. A fitting service is also available within the West Midlands region. For more information call 01922 610015 or visit the Walsall Showroom or use the contact form.

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About Susan

Joined Creative Tiles and Laminates as Marketing Manager in 2005. Complementing the senior management team containing 30+ years experience of fitting, flooring and customer services.
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2 Responses to Electric Underfloor Heating

  1. James says:

    We’ve just had a new warmup UFH installed in our kitchen as part of a full renovation over large 600 x 600 tiles and have a few minor cold spots, but more worrying is a section of the floor, perhaps 1m square, which is significantly hotter than the rest of the floor, almost to the point of it being uncomfortable to stand on in bare feet. The thermostat temperature is set at 22 degrees when heating. Any ideas what I should do to check its not a fault?

    • Susan says:

      Hi James
      It sounds as if the mat may have been laid out unevenly. So that where you have a few minor cold spots the mat is more widely spaced than where you have the hot spot and the mat is closer together. The only problem could be where the hotter area is, as the mat may fail over time if the cables are too close. There really is very little you can do now that it has been laid and overtiled. If it should fail for this reason, then it is unlikely the manufacturer would honour the guarantee and you would need to try and get the installers to cover any repair.
      Sorry I can’t be of more help.
      Regards
      Susan

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