Electric Heating & Fires

Electric Heating Installation/Repairs – You need a qualified domestic electrician

When householders are asked which type of heating system they prefer the answer is normally gas, whilst in reality what they are looking for is an affordable and fully controllable electric central heating system.

Also, provision of gas heating is not always possible as in many areas there is no access to mains gas.

Direct acting electric heating systems which, like gas systems, are fully controllable, easy to operate and affordable to run are now available.

With electric heating there are a number of options you can consider.

Electric Boilers & Radiators – You need a Part P qualified domestic electrician

S.Trott Electrical Services can advise you on the options available and installation of electric boilers and radiators. We can provide you with a free no obligation quotation and offer a full or part installation service with comprehensive certification of all our work. All our installations are also covered under NICEIC warranty.

Electric Boilers

Where gas is not an option, or wanted, the perfect solution is an economical electric boiler. Direct acting electric heating systems are fully controllable, easy to operate and affordable to run are now available.

Benefits of an electric boiler

  • No flue required
  • No fumes and no risk of explosion
  • 100% efficient
  • Economic running costs
  • Virtually silent in operation
  • Can provide central heating only or central heating & hot water
  • Can be used for under floor heating
  • No annual safety certificate required
  • 24 hour controllability
  • No maintenance required
  • Multiple fail-safes fitted in the unit
  • LED indicators show status of operation
  • Preferential electricity tariffs available

Call S.Trott Electrical Services for more information about installing an electric boiler in your home.

Electric radiators look like a conventional gas system or “wet” 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 larger hard-to-heat room. Should you choose this option you will be highly impressed by the performance and effectiveness of the electric radiators.

All electric radiators can simply be plugged into a standard domestic wall socket. However for a fully controllable central heating system they can be spur wired into your existing storage heating sockets and the wiring taken back to a unique EHC Control Box.

They can be supplied, if required, with a TEI manual room thermostat. For a fully controllable central central heating system, the radiators can be installed with a EHC Control Box, Single Channel Programmer and Room Thermostat to comply with the latest Building Regulations.

Benefits of Electric Radiators

Radiators have been accepted as a practical solution to outdated storage heaters throughout the UK for many years. Their success is due largely to the following features and benefits:

  • referential electricity tariffs available
  • Fully Controllable
  • Various outputs and sizes available,  500w-2400w
  • No maintenance required
  • 15 year guarantees available
  • Ease of installation
  • Safe, clean and easy to operate
  • Fully controllable via either manual or radio frequency controls
  • Radiators modulate to ensure room  temperature is constant
  • 100% efficient
  • No boiler required
  • Wall hung, castors or feet stands
  • Simple replacement for storage heaters
  • The economy 10 electricity tariff provides preferential off-peak rates and times
  • Radiators can be simply plugged in or fused spurred

Electric Fires – Installation & repairs by a Part P qualified domestic electrician

There are many styles of electric fire but they are all basically just stylistic differences as the method of electric heating is the same.

Repairing Electric Fires

Electric fires usually have two elements controlled by either a switch or thermostat or sometimes both switch & thermostat together. Where you have a faulty electric fire, we will inspect your electric fire and establish where the fault is. We will advise you of the cost of repair and fully repair your fire where possible. We will also provide full certification for our completed work.

Under Floor Heating – You need a Part P qualified domestic electrician

If you are considering underfloor heating, S.Trott Electrical Services 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.

he 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.

Under floor Heating vs Conventional Radiators

nlike under floor heating, radiators convect heat into the room, creating rising currents of warm air concentrating at the ceiling level: this type of convection heating is wasteful and inefficient. Under floor heating operates by radiating heat energy into the room at the floor level, gently and evenly warming the room: this method of heating is cheaper to run than radiator heating by up to 20%.

Modern under floor heating is unobtrusive, allowing the freedom to position furnishings and units wherever you want, without having to compromise on design considerations that would otherwise be the case with conventional, wall mounted radiators. By eliminating old fashioned, inefficient radiators from the walls, the days of having to arrange furniture in the warmest spots in the room, close to radiators, are over.

Finally, with radiator heating, no matter how warm the ambient temperature in the room, the floor will always be uncomfortably cold, particularly where hard floor surfaces like tiles or laminate flooring have been chosen. The great advantage of underfloor heating is that this form of heating not only warms the room more efficiently at a lower cost, it also gives a luxurious Mediterranean feel to walk on; tiles and laminate floors now have a welcoming warm surface.

For heating in your conservatory where radiators would be unsightly: the comfort & warmth of an underfloor heating system at your feet really comes into it’s own; heating the room and more importantly heating that cold floor.

Under floor heating will eliminate the shock of cold tiles and add that extra touch of luxury to kitchen and bathroom tile floors; warming the tiles and gently heating the room.

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, harder and denser floor coverings like ceramic or stone tiles allow 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

Under floor heating provides the luxury of electric under floor heating to living rooms, bedrooms, hallways, loft conversions and conservatories or almost anywhere a laminate, engineered wood or real timber floor is being laid. These floor types will give excellent results when used over under floor heating.

Vinyl Floors & Under floor Heating

Vinyl flooring types generally offer little thermal resistance to the heat transfer – these floor types will work efficiently with under floor heating.

Carpet Floors & Under floor Heating

Carpets and underlay’s on the other hand are excellent insulators 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.

Storage Heaters – New Installation & Repairs – You need a qualified electrician

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

A storage heater stores thermal energy during the evening, when base load electricity is available at a lower cost, and releases the heat during the day as required. Heat banks may be composed of clay bricks or other ceramic material, of concrete walls, or of water containers

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.

Suggestions for choosing a storage heater:

In order to make certain the heat is distributed evenly in a room, the storage heater is installed under a window or on the inside of an exterior wall. As the period required for the heater to heat up is 8 hours, the necessary power rating should be 200-220 W/m2, at the height of 2,5 m.

Storage Heater Repairs

We repair most makes and models of storage heaters. Call S.Trott Electrical Services with your heater details and we will advise you of problem and cost of repair. We will carry out the repair, inspect the wall isolator switch, test the cable from the wall switch to the consumer box, check and test fuses and finally demonstrating the heater working so you are in no doubt that the heater is in 100% working condition.

Where appropriate, replacement storage heaters can be fitted to your existing restricted hours wiring circuits and your old storage heater dismantled and disposed of safely.

With our extensive experience with storage heater appliances we are best placed to sort out your repair problems.

Contact S.Trott Electrical Services today for advice on the different electric heating options and a professional and thorough electric heating installation.

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