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warm to the idea of underfloor heating


Any self build project will benefit from flexible electric underfloor heating. Jenny Smith, marketing services manager at Vent-Axia explains how advances in technology means electric underfloor heating is a choice that is set to grow in popularity


new self build projects. During recent years it has undergone a transformation as manufactur- ers have developed advanced systems that meet the comfort needs of households and energy efficiency demands of legislation. As we all strive to create energy efficient


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homes the buildings we live in are becoming increasingly airtight. A positive outcome of this development is that our homes’ heating demands are reducing making flexible, electric underfloor heating an increasingly attractive option.


Clear benefits


Electric underfloor heating has many recognised benefits. On the aesthetic side it is invisible and it gives you the freedom to place furniture where you like. You will not have to consider leaving radiators clear so you gain the most benefit from their heat. Also because it is silent in operation you won’t be disturbed by the sound of radiators warming up or boilers starting. Also using the large surface area of your


home’s floor to heat a room allows the low tem- perature radiant heat to provide evenly distrib- uted warmth giving much higher levels of com- fort when compared to other more traditional methods. In these cost conscious times cutting fuel bills


is always an attractive idea. Using this method the thermal output is 2-3°C lower than using a convection based system where the heat will collect close to the ceiling thus saving you 5-10 per cent of the running cost while eliminating draughts or cold spots in a room.


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nderfloor heating is on the rise…There are a host of reasons why this type of heating is featuring in more and more


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