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Many people choose electric underfloor heating to warm smaller rooms that are usually tiled, such as kitchens, bathrooms or wet rooms.

Nu-Heat’s ElectroMat® OneZone® is an easy-to-fit electric underfloor heating kit that can cover floor areas of up to 18m². This low-cost and simple to install underfloor heating kit offers an affordable way to enjoy electric UFH in one single room.

Read on to find out more about the pros and cons of electric UFH, electric underfloor heating installation, and how to get started.

We’ll also cover FAQs about underfloor heating electricians and using electric underfloor heating for the first time.

How does electric underfloor heating work?

The ElectroMat® OneZone® electric underfloor heating kit includes a decoupling membrane and underfloor heating cable. This works to spread heat evenly across the floor and also creates a waterproof surface making it ideal for kitchens and bathrooms.

The electric underfloor heating system is connected to your electricity supply, which powers the heating cable and heats the room from the floor up. You will be able to control the room temperature via a programmable thermostat connected to your electric UFH system.

How does electric underfloor heating work

ElectroMat® electric underfloor heating kit

A popular solution for kitchens, bathrooms and wet rooms, Nu-Heat’s ElectroMat® kits include everything you need to install electric underfloor heating in a single room. Electric UFH works particularly well with hard floor coverings, such as tile or stone.

Why choose Nu-Heat electric underfloor heating?

ElectroMat® electric floor heating is relatively cheap, quick and simple to install, with help from an electrician.
Cheap to run
The decoupling membrane holds the heating cable in place, speeding up the install. Tiles can also be laid directly on top without risk of cracking.
No cracking
Electric underfloor heating systems offer a high (but comfortable) heat output for warmth underfoot.
Heat output
When using sealing tape, ElectroMat® is completely waterproof, making it easy to create a wet room.
Waterproofing

Electric underfloor heating pros and cons

You may be wondering if electric underfloor heating best for your project, or would you be better off with warm water underfloor heating.

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of electric underfloor heating systems to help you decide.

Electric underfloor heating pros

  • Electric UFH kits tend to cost a lot less than the warm water options, meaning you can enjoy the benefits of UFH in one room without much upfront cost.
  • Electric underfloor heating systems provide a high heat output to warm hard floor coverings, such as tiles, in a kitchen or bathroom, quickly.
  • Electric underfloor heating kits are quick and easy to install. They are very slim and fit directly over the existing subfloor, meaning minimal disruption.

Electric underfloor heating cons

The main disadvantage of electric underfloor heating systems is the running cost. They cost far more to run than warm water UFH systems.

An electric underfloor heating system can cost around 3x more to run than warm water UFH paired with a gas boiler. This is the main reason electric underfloor heating is best suited to single rooms rather than a whole house heating solution.

Looking to install UFH in a large space, or in a few rooms? Warm water underfloor heating is likely to be your best option.

Electric underfloor heating installation – Step-by-Step

Here’s a quick overview of how to install the ElectroMat® electric underfloor heating systems:

Step 1

Prepare the floor and install the thermostat floor sensor.
Electric underfloor heating - installation step 1

Step 2

Lay the ElectroMat® de-coupling membrane over the floor using a flexible tile adhesive (this helps stop cracking).
Electric underfloor heating - installation step 2

Step 3

Test the ElectroMat® heating cables, as instructed, and fit into the membrane by pushing into the channels in the matting.
Electric underfloor heating - installation step 3

Step 4

Fix tiles in position using a full 5mm bed of flexible tile adhesive. If using other flooring (such as laminate, engineered board, vinyl or carpet) cover the floor with a 10mm layer of flexible self-levelling compound.
Electric underfloor heating - installation step 4

Step 5

Repeat the cable testing and wire the neoStat-e thermostat (this must be done by a qualified electrician).
Electric underfloor heating - installation step 5

How do I find an underfloor heating electrician?

You’ll find that most electricians have, or are able to, install electric underfloor heating.

You can even lay the system yourself and then call in an electrician to wire it up.

Using electric underfloor heating for the first time

Once the electric underfloor heating system has been installed, it can be used straight away. You can set the thermostat to switch the electric UFH on and off to suit your lifestyle, so it warms the room at particular times each day.

The system can also be easily upgraded to enable smart control for your electric underfloor heating by adding the neoHub, allowing you to control your electric underfloor heating remotely from your mobile phone or tablet.

Polished screed and resin with ufh

What temperature should my electric underfloor heating be set at?

On average, electric underfloor heating tends to run at a temperature of around 25-31°C, but this depends on personal preference.

The type of floor covering may also play a role in ideal temperature. Electric underfloor heating is compatible with a wide range of floor coverings including tiles, timber and even carpet.

Underfloor heating control panel

Want help finding the right underfloor heating solution?

We would love to speak with you to discuss your project. If you have a question about your existing Nu-Heat system, our technical support team are at hand.