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  • Electric Underfloor Heating vs Radiators
    Why Underfloor Heating?

    Most of us are used to standard radiators and assume they do the job of heating spaces reasonable well, but they are in fact inefficient and wasteful and have high running costs.  Not only do they use a great deal of energy to heat up once the thermostat is switched on, but they also emit heat in a small area of the room, leaving “cold-spots” and creating uneven room temperatures.

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    Installing Underfloor Heating

    Electric Underfloor Heating is usually installed on top of a concrete or timber substrate, underneath your desired floor finish. A layer of insulation should always be included to minimise downward heat loss and maximise the efficiency of your electric underfloor heating system.

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  • Electric Underfloor Heating Specialists
    Why Ambient Electrical?

    Ambient Electric Underfloor Heating Systems all use non-corrosive, flexible heating elements with a low profile allowing them to easily be installed directly underneath floor finishes.  Electric underfloor heating systems use far fewer components and are much simpler to install than plumbed-in (hydronic) systems.

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Electric Underfloor Heating Systems and Kits from Ambient Electrical

Ambient Electrical are specialists in electric underfloor heating and offer a full underfloor heating installation service throughout Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, London and the South East.

Ambient has always made a point of working directly with our customers, sharing our many years of experience with everyone from trade specialists and professional installers to DIY enthusiasts, architects, and interior designers.  We strive to compliment our comprehensive product lines by sharing our broad knowledge base with clients who appreciate the best underfloor heating products available.  We are proud of our reputation for exceptional service and value, and do everything we can to make every underfloor heating project a success.

We offer the widest range of quality floor heating systems to suit all floor types. We provide underfloor heating solutions for wooden floors right through to the more powerful systems that are ideal for heating tile floors.  We can supply these systems throughout the UK and also ship to mainland Europe.  Our premium grade heating systems combine the best quality components from floor heating manufacturers such as Thermopads, Warmup, Heatmiser, Honeywell and Marmox.

We carry large range of  top quality supplies including 100w/m² heating mats, 150w/m² heating mats, 200w/m² heating mats, under tile cable kits, in-screed heating systems, a huge array of thermostats flexible tile adhesive and many other underfloor heating installation essentials.

Because we are established floor heating installation specialists, Ambient Electrical will happily provide a quotation to install any underfloor heating system you may already have purchased from another reputable supplier.

Or contact Ambient Electrical on 0800 783 5366 or info@ambient-elec.co.uk.

Greater Comfort with Electric Underfloor Heating

In these colder months, getting out of bed in the morning to start our day just tends to take that moment longer. Giving up the warmth of bed to step out onto that cold floor isn’t the best start to your day. However, with an Electric Underfloor Heating system your mornings can be just a little more enjoyable, and a lot more comfortable.

Electric Underfloor Heating systems turn your floor space into a heat emitter which warms the room from the floor up. This is quite different to other heating methods where heat is emitted typically from wall mounted units which result in top-down heating. Aside from the simple pleasure of the floor being warm underfoot with underfloor heating, it is perhaps most importantly a highly efficient method of heating your home during these colder months.

It is arguably because of its efficiency, and the comfort that underfloor heating provides as a heating solution that it has become increasing popular as an addition to bathroom, kitchen and bedroom refurbishments.  It is also a great choice to consider when adding rooms to your home, and would be appropriate for almost any form of home extension.

There are a number of other benefits in using underfloor heating too; wall mounted heating systems can have some bearing on how you can position your furniture or style a room for aesthetic reasons, or more functional reasons like not wanting to block heat vents.  Using an underfloor heating system removes this concern by effectively turning your entire floor space into your source of warmth leaving you free to furnish a room without restriction.

There is also a further design benefit to underfloor heating that you can’t see.   Specifically, you don’t see it! While there are certainly options in wall mounted heating that can be quite attractive, they tend to bring their own look to a space that might not be to everyone’s tastes.  Installing quality underfloor heating can also add value to your home and can increase the selling appeal to potential buyers.  When considering home resale value, or simply the freedom to furnish and decorate as you like, underfloor heating is very hard to beat.

While there are a number of different options in underfloor heating that a specialist provider can explain and recommend to fit your needs, electric systems generally are the easiest to add to existing buildings. They are very thin and can be quickly and easily installed underneath virtually any type of floor covering. Their ease of installation means they are also the simplest to add to your home even without larger scale renovations. Plumbed-in, or hot water based underfloor heating systems are far more invasive to install due to the extensive network of pipes and tubes involved, and the installation cost is typically much higher than on an electric underfloor heating system.

If you’re planning on refurbishing your home, or, just tired of the first part of your day being rolling out of bed and stepping onto a cold floor, an electric underfloor heating system could be one of the best home improvement investments you ever make.

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Insulation is an Integral Part of An Electric Underfloor Heating System

Electric underfloor heating insulation isn’t expensive, but will significantly increase the value delivered by your floor heating system.

You want the best from your underfloor heating system, that’s a given. You want it to heat your home as efficiently and quickly as possible, and you want it to do its job of keeping you and your family supremely warm and comfortable. So let’s take a look at how underfloor heating insulation is an integral part of any well designed underfloor heating system that will help you get the very best results.

To really understand the benefit of underfloor heating insulation, consider how heat itself works. Any form of heat from heating systems, the sun, or a simple campfire, will all naturally radiate heat out in every direction; that is the nature of heat. However, that isn’t ideally what we want from our electric underfloor heating system to achieve optimum results. There we don’t want to use the heat energy to warm the cool, damp earth beneath our home; we want to significantly reduce the heat energy spent in that direction and focus that energy upward and outward into your living area. This is exactly what underfloor heating insulation achieves.

The main effect of focusing this heat into your living space with insulation is that your home will be warmer due to the substantial reduction in heat energy loss. It also means your underfloor heating system will effectively heat your floors and entire room much faster, which is important not only for your increased comfort, but also gives you more flexibility for occasional use and fine tuning heating as the outside temperature changes. It makes an already efficient home heating method even more efficient, and saves you money in energy costs.

There are a number of different underfloor insulation types to suit different floors, just as there are different types of electric underfloor heating systems. We can recommend the best combination of both and provide guidance on home heating designs that will maximise effectiveness, minimise energy costs, and contribute greatly to the comfort of your home.

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Underfloor Heating – An Ancient Idea for the 21st Century

The idea of under floor heating dates back thousands of years to Roman times, when homes and bathhouses were warmed by a system of furnace flues under floors before passing through chimney-like structures on the roofs.

Floor heating technology has come a long way since then, and while modern systems bare very little resemblance to their ancient origins, the concept has stood the test of time because it is effective, efficient, and simply creates a more habitable, comfortable space for you to enjoy.

One of the many benefits of under floor heating is that it allows you to turn your entire floor space into a radiant source of warmth. Other heating solutions tend to have a specific heat source location, meaning a room will be warmer closer to the source, and cooler further away, whereas with under floor heating an entire room can be evenly heated throughout. This gives you the freedom to move around your home without feeling cooler or warmer, and the evenly distributed heat can be set to your preferred temperature using a simple under floor heating thermostat. This unparalleled even heat distribution is one of many reasons the concept has remained and evolved for thousands of years.

Under floor heating is also an exceptionally efficient heating solution, making it both a great heating option practically and for your bank account. It can save a lot in heating costs, with energy usage being substantially lower than other home heating solutions. Underfloor heating requires a much lower energy flow than positioned heat source solutions like radiators, heater appliances, or ducted air that rely on pushing heat out from a small source.

Under floor heating is also a great option for those sensitive to dust or allergens that fan forced heat systems can introduce and move around your home. When added to the design aesthetics of an invisible heating solution, and outstanding efficiency in keeping you and your family comfortable and warm, more and more people are adopting this modern solution with ancient origins.

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Because Of Greener Electricity, Electric Underfloor Heating Makes Sense

The UK government set out targets in its National Action Plan For Renewable Energy (2009) for the country to produce 30% of all electricity and 12% of heating energy via renewable sources by the year 2020.

As a country we are on track to reach the 30% target for electricity, but progress on heat from renewable sources is currently stalled at 4.8%, and will certainly fall short of the 12% mandate.

Because of the efficiencies we are achieving as a country on renewable power generation, but the difficulties in transitioning towards the use of renewable sources for heating, it makes sense to consider using highly efficient electric heating sources in our homes.

The fact is that over 70 per cent of the UK's heat generation is used for domestic purposes. Unfortunately, a high percentage of UK houses are poorly insulated, and actually rank amongst some of the worst in Europe for energy consumption vs heat retention.

One strategy that would help UK homes heating become more energy efficient would be to invest in better insulation for attics and roofs and use more energy efficient windows and doors.  It also makes sense to invest in an energy efficient electric underfloor heating system as an alternative or secondary heat source.

For homeowners, replacing a natural gas or hot-water based heating system potentially represents an enormous cost.  However, taking measures to improve the energy efficiency of a property through loft insulation or triple glazing could quickly increase renewables' contribution to heat generation by reducing total demand. Adding complimentary heating options like underfloor heating based on the greener electricity we now seem on track to produce in the UK can also make a big difference.

An electric underfloor heating system targets warmth into areas where it is needed, and should always be insulated underneath the heating element to direct the heating energy upwards into the room instead of dispersing in all directions (including into the ground!).  Install underfloor heating mats or cable systems that match your heating requirements, and with proper usage your home will be greener... And of course warmer too!

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