There are a lot of myths surrounding electric underfloor heating – from the cost of running a system to the disruption involved in installing one. We are keen to dispel these myths and educate people on the benefits of electric underfloor heating.
Here are a few answers to common questions customers might ask you:
What is the difference between water-based and electric underfloor heating?
Electric systems are cheaper to install, require less build height and react much faster. They are perfect for retro-fit and home improvement work. Water systems use hot water pipes instead of electric elements – this type of system is suited to very large rooms (100m² plus) and situations where it can be installed when the room is being built.
What floor covering can I choose?
CORGI underfloor heating systems can be installed directly beneath tiled or stone floors. If the system is covered with a levelling compound then carpets, vinyl, laminate, wood and many other surfaces can be laid on top.
Both underfloor heating mats and cables can be used under your chosen floor covering. CORGI will recommend a system to your installer and the distributor of the system.
What is the difference between a heating mat and a heating cable?
Heating mats and cables use exactly the same heating element, however on a heating mat this is pre-spaced to provide a set output of 150W/sqm. With a loose cable you determine the output yourself by altering the spacing of the cable. In large rooms heating mats are faster to install, whereas loose heating cables can be fitted around obstacles and are ideal for small rooms or awkward spaces.
How much will the systems cost me to run?
The cost to run your system will depend on the area you are covering, the output per meter of your system, and how long you are running it each day or controlling it via an efficient thermostat. In general we would expect each m² of underfloor heating to cost around 1p per hour to operate in a well-insulated room. The cost of installation should be considered too before purchase, an electric system is far more cost-effective to install than a water-based system.
Can I install my own underfloor heating?
Electric underfloor heating is very straightforward to install, however you must always use a qualified electrician to make the final electrical connections as stated in the 17th Edition. Many people ask their electrician to lay the heating mat or cable, as they can test it as they go, to ensure it is in full working order.
All CORGI Underfloor Heating cables and mats are designed to be 17th Edition compliant and the accompanying instruction manuals contain the information required to help you fulfil the installation obligations, under these rules.
How long is a CORGI underfloor heating system guaranteed for?
The mats and cables come with a 10 Year Warranty, and the thermostats with a three or one year Warranty. CORGI underfloor heating ishand-made in Western Europe and is superior quality to many underfloor heating systems currently available and manufactured elsewhere.