Electric Heating Installations
From underfloor heating to electric boilers
Electric heating is an ideal choice for heating a closed space, as it can be controlled easily with an almost immediate effect. There is also no requirement for a boiler with electric heating, meaning one less thing to maintain. Spaces can be heated in a variety of ways with no wastage as electric heaters need only be used as and when required.
Methods of Electric Heating:-
- Storage Heaters – storage heaters take advantage of low energy prices during off peak times such as the evening by storing heat in clay bricks, the heat is then released throughout the day.
- Convection Heaters – convection heaters heat the air and increase its volume and project it around the room. Convection heaters will start heating a space instantly. Convection heaters are quieter than fan heaters and are easily controlled.Panel Heaters – panel heaters are a good choice for being left unattended for long periods. Panel heaters are contemporary and come in stylish designs to fit into your living space. Panel heaters are safe, clean and easy to operate.
- Tubular Heaters – tubular heaters provide ambient heat and frost protection in a variety of situations such as linen cupboards, airing cupboards, greenhouses, garages, shop windows, conservatories etc. It offers low cost heating by using a built in thermostat keeping energy consumption to a minimum.
- Underfloor Heating – electric underfloor heating, known as a dry system, has become an increasingly popular way of providing heat efficiently and evenly throughout bathrooms and ensuites. It removes the need for radiators which can sometimes be unsightly and also helps to create more space. Heat is evenly distributed throughout a room and controlled from a central point.
- Heat Pumps – Please see our “Renewables” section for information about heat pumps.
- Electric Boilers – If gas and oil are not suitable options for your property then an electric boiler can be a viable alternative. Electric boilers can be used for central heating and domestic hot water within a property.
- Water Heating – Water within a house can be heated entirely by using electricity, this means no requirement for a boiler. Water can be heated for kitchens and bathrooms quickly and efficiently.
- Instantaneous water heater – Are an energy efficient way to heat only the water that is required which in turn also makes them very cost effective. Ideal for homes or businesses which require instant hot water. Instantaneous water heaters can be used in kitchens, for wash hand basins, showers etc.
- Immersion heaters and hot water cylinders – Immersion heaters work by directly heating a body of water through an electric element such as that found in a water cylinder. It is important hot water cylinders are kept well insulated to prevent heat loss and to make then more cost effective. Hot water can easily be topped up by boosting the immersion should it be required.
If you are the homeowner and it is not a rental property it is suggested every 10 years, however if you have any concerns seek professional advice
Landlords or Holiday Home owners are required to get properties electrics tested every 5 years as standard. But if you are a landlord you are also required to get them tested at the beginning of any new tenancy.
Landlords are require to put a smoke detector on every storey of a rental property and a CO detector in every room where there is a working fireplace or solid fuel appliance.
PAT testing stands for Portable Appliance Testing it refers to anything electrical in your property which can be unplugged and moved. Eg. Fridge, hair dryer, printer, phone charger, juicer etc. It is suggested that PAT testing is carried out annually in all work places, holiday lets, residential lets, hotels, etc.
An Electrical Installation certificate is done for a new installation or an addition, an Electrical Installation Condition Report is a report on the current wiring in a building without making any alterations to it mainly to check on its “condition”.
A standard bedroom should have a minimum of 3 sockets, although we would always suggest that the 3 sockets should be fitted as twin, giving the user more flexibility and preventing the likelihood of using dangerous extensions. In other parts of the house, socket numbers can vary depending on room size and function. If you have any further questions call the office 01796 472263
Yes, under BS7671 IEE Wiring Regulations all socket outlets are required to be protected by a 30mA RCD. This acts as a safety mechanism in case of an accident the RCD automatically shuts off the power.
The simple answer if you have a commercial or industrial property, then yes. BS 5266 enforces the provision of emergency lighting for public buildings such as: Leisure centres, Theatres, Cinemas, Nightclubs/Pubs, Hotels/Restaurants, Retail stores There is also a legal requirement that every workplace should have suitable and sufficient emergency lighting and that suitable and sufficient emergency lighting shall be provided and maintained in any room in which persons at work are specifically exposed to danger in the event of failure of artificial lighting.
It is important to be compliant with health and safety regulations and make sure that any wiring or power device within a property meets with the most current regulations. By maintaining wiring, distribution boards etc. it also ensures peace of mind. By checking and maintaining power systems within our property we reduce the risk of overloading devices, fire risks, making sure wiring is safe and no items are obsolete or pose any risk.
An RCD is a residual current device designed to protect against electrocution and electrical fires but cutting of the power supply when it senses a leakage of an electrical current from a circuit. An RCD monitors electric currents in one or more circuits or in an individual item by monitoring the live and neutral wires. These two wires normally have an equal value but if a fault occurs and the electricity it is monitoring changes to a different path this would trigger the RCD to switch off the electricity automatically. For example, cutting through a cable with a power tool, providing the power tool was plugged into a socket or a circuit which was RCD protected the power would switch off and eliminate the chances of injury from electrocution. RCD protection also offer protection against electrical fires.
The main form of RCD protection is in your consumer unit. The number of circuits being protected can vary and be altered to suit your needs when an installation is being carried out. You may only want to RCD protect your downstairs circuits. You can also get RCD protected plug in sockets than are transportable, you can plug them in to any socket in your house, offering you protection whenever and wherever you need it, or you can have an external socket made RCD so you are always protected when using any gardening equipment.
Frost protection or trace heating involve protecting certain areas in or around the...