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Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com TRAINING/TECHNICAL ‘Electric UFH is not a black art’ Installers across the south warmed to Heat Mat’s hands-on training day, gaining valuable insight into electric underfloor heating (UFH)... The electric underfloor heating (UFH) sector is hotting up as specifiers, contractors and installers switch on to its potential. With install costs less than those of wet systems, fit-and-forget electric UFH is free of many of the problems that can plague traditional methods, but there are some dos and don’ts that those fitting them must follow to ensure a long, trouble-free operating life. Leading UFH specialist, Heat Mat, runs free training days to keep professional installers abreast of advances and to alert them to the secrets of a successful fit-out. Delegates from across the south descended on Burgess Hill last month for the latest of these, held at Steve Willis Training, which provides venues for the events in Sussex and Hampshire. Electric UFH can warm a single room or a whole house and a host of applications in the commercial and industrial sectors. Heat Mat supply its via a network of UK distributors, including electrical wholesalers. The potential for this form of heating lies in its flexibility – heating mats, mirror demisters, thermal insulation boards and trace heating are all available to satisfy a huge spread of suitable sites. Whether a system is off the shelf or bespoke, Heat Mat believes training is key to spread the benefits of electric UFH to both its existing and potential marketplace. “During the day we cover everything from how to fit electric UFH and demonstrations from the technical team to learning about add-on products they can offer their customers,” said project manager, Paul Brandon. “This is a chance to offer new installers the benefits of our experience and to point out the pitfalls to prevent them coming unstuck, while also covering Part L compliance systems, winter heating solutions, trace heating and thermostats.” Paul continued: "We cover Part P requirements and recommend that heating installers fitting electric systems work with electricians as they will need to sign off the work, hence the importance of both heating and plumbing engineers and electricians attending our training days. “Electric UFH is not a black art and many on the training days say that they did not realise it was so straightforward to install.” Steve Willis Training has dedicated workshops to allow attendees the opportunity to fit systems and programme thermostats, essential elements of a successful install. “Partnering with manufacturers like Heat Mat exposes our customers, from established WWW.HPMMAG.COM Paul shows attendees how electric UFH mats work 46 APRIL 2016 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY engineers to the newest apprentices, to the latest equipment and keeps our training centres at the forefront of new technical developments,” said managing director, Steve Willis. Electric UFH will be firmly on the radar of electrical contractor, Stevie Electrix, who said his eyes had been opened to its potential. “This was one of the most informative free training days I’ve attended,” said Stevie, who installs mainly in the domestic sector, but increasingly on the commercial side. “I discovered so much about electric UFH and how to install it correctly, but also how diverse the applications for it are, from stadia and venue roofs to churches and industrial sites. Even experienced installers gained something from the day. You never stop learning. “As long as you fit them correctly, they are fit-and-forget and appear far quicker to install compared with wet systems. Their lifetime is literally as long as the building in which you fit them. Heat Mat’s systems are designed and manufactured in Europe, so the quality control is excellent, as is its customer service and ethical approach.” Domestic electrical contractor, Neale Francis, has installed the company’s systems for several years, yet still found the day enlightening. “The morning session focuses on the different ways to lay the heating then the afternoon gives you a chance to have a go yourself,” he said. “The market is growing for electric UFH. We do a lot of refurbishments and extensions and these systems are great for such applications. “Traditionally, wet systems are specified in new builds but electric heating can cost far less to install and is only a fraction more to run, with no worries about manifolds getting blocked or clogged up.” DOS AND DON’TS Stevie: “It’s vital to fully cover the cold-tail connection with tile adhesive to ensure heat is dissipated – a simple thing for installers to overlook.” Neale: “Know the build height beforehand. If the total area is over 16 amps, you’ll need to install contactors,or you risk blowing the thermostat.” NEXT HEAT MAT FREE TRAINING DAYS: June 28, Select, Midlothian EH26, Scotland July 22, Erudite Training, Dukinfield (near Manchester) To book your place, phone: 01444 247020, or email: training@heatmat.co.uk enquiry number 131 Stevie gives a practical demonstration on electric UFH


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