Supply and Fitting Storage Heaters, Electric Radiators and Under Floor Heating

Storage Heaters

Storage heaters have been around for many years now and as such we, at Auber Electrical, have extensive experience with this type of electric heating, both installation and also repairs.

A storage heater stores thermal energy during the night, when off-peak electricity is available at a lower cost, and releases the heat during the day as required.  

Storage heaters are usually used in conjunction with a two-tariff electricity meter which records separately the electricity used during the off-peak period so that it can be billed at a lower rate. In order to derive any benefit from a storage heater, the house must be on a special electricity tariff i.e. Economy 7.

For 16 hours in the daytime, the radiator heats a room without consuming any electricity. The process of charging and discharging is controlled by a thermostat and it is possible to adjust a different temperature for every room. Storage heaters need practically no maintenance. Dimplex and Creda are the two main brands.

Auber Electrical can help specify the number and type of storage heater required, and can then supply and install.

Electric Radiators

Electric radiators look like a conventional radiator, they also heat up and operate like “wet” system radiators but without the requirement of a central heating boiler.

Electric radiators have been developed to accommodate the smallest easy-to-heat room to the largest hard-to-heat room. The main advantage of fitting an electric radiator is controllability, unlike a storage heater they give the same amount of heat output anytime of the day or night. They operate using peak electric and usually have a separate programmer and thermostat, which means you can programme each radiator in each room to come on when you want it, for as long as you want it, at the appropriate temperature, thus saving you money.

Auber Electrical recommends ROINTE electric radiators.

Contact Auber Electrical today for advice on the different electric heating options and a professional and thorough electric heating installation

Under Floor Heating

The principals of under floor heating (also referred to as radiant heating) remain the same whether you are using an electric or water system. Heated floors act as efficient low-level radiators, radiating heat energy evenly into the room, gently warming the living space through a combination of radiant energy and heat conduction.

In a modern, well insulated room, where heat loss factors have been taken into consideration, under floor heating can act as the primary heat source: in the majority of cases eliminating the need for radiators. Under floor heating is thermostatically controlled using a digital interface and floor sensor, controlling the under floor heating system within 1° C of your temperature settings. Air and floor temperature sensors regulate heat output to maximise comfort.

Floor Finishes and Coverings
Under floor heating systems are suitable for almost any floor finish; however, it is important to understand the effect of different flooring types. Whichever floor covering is chosen it will become part of heating system, radiating heat energy into the room. Each floor covering will have a greater or lesser degree of efficiency of the under floor heating, depending on the type of material chosen.

Tiled Floors & Under floor Heating

In simple terms, these surfaces offer the best transfer of heat allowing a rapid transfer of heat energy thorough their structure. This means that with these floor types their surfaces are excellent emitters of thermal energy (referred to as thermal conductivity or W/mK) - these flooring surfaces will provide the optimum efficiency over an under floor heating system.

Engineered Wood, Timber, Laminate Floors & Under floor Heating

Wood is a natural insulator so the heat transfer using these surface won't be as good as it would be for tiles, this means that while the floor will get warm the room will take much longer to warm.

Carpet Floors & Under floor Heating

Carpets and underlay's are excellent insulators and as such these materials will resist the thermal energy being generated by the under floor heating. If carpets are the preferred choice, select those with low TOG ratings: underlay's should also be chosen with low insulation properties. The thicker the carpet and underlay the longer the warm up time thus slowing the heat transfer of the flooring into the room - these floor types are considered to be the least efficient of all the floor coverings.

If you are considering underfloor heating, Auber Electrical will advise you of the available options, provide a free quotation and install your chosen under floor heating in your home. It is best to contact us to discuss your needs. In the mean time, below you will find information about underfloor heating and the various flooring options.