Under Floor Heating

Avoid the shock of cold tiles under your feet when you’re half asleep. Add that extra touch of luxury to your bathroom tiles and get your day off to a good start, stepping out from the shower onto a warm tile floor.

The principle characteristic of underfloor heating is that it radiates heat evenly upwards from your floor. This in turn creates the perfect heat signature for a comfortably heated home. The even heat distribution rises up slowly warming extremities first and leaving higher parts of the room at a comfortable temperature. Unlike most traditional methods of heating this means the top of the room doesn’t need to be overheated to make the lower parts of the room reach a comfortable temperature which also leads to energy savings.

We employ reliable professionals who are trained to deal with all aspects of electrical faults. AA Electrical Services is a reputable installation, repair and maintenance service company covering the South East area. Our team of electricians provides you with maintenance of your electrical installation and appliances as well as a fast and reliable breakdown service. Recognising current British standards, our electrical engineers are NICEIC registered, Part P accredited and qualified to 17th edition standard, as certified by the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE). This enables us to offer the highest levels of professional service to you.

Types of Hot Cylinders

DIRECT CYLINDER
A Direct Cylinder is heated by a source located within the cylinder – such as an electrical immersion heater. Because the Immersion Heater is heating the water ‘directly’ the cylinder is called a ‘Direct Cylinder’. In a direct cylinder there are no other external heat sources.

INDIRECT CYLINDER
Although heat is imparted to the cylinder by an internal heat exchanger, the heat source is actually remote – such as a gas boiler, solar panel, wood burning stove, Aga etc. etc.. It is therefore deemed that such a cylinder is ‘Indirect’. Indirect cylinders may be fitted with immersion heaters as a supplementary heat source, but they are still known as ‘Indirect’.

COMBINATION CYLINDERS
A gravity-fed household copper cylinder is supplied typically from a tank sited above the cylinder – often located in the loft. The higher above the cylinder, the greater the ‘head’ of water and hence the higher the gravity pressure. Where the property is unable to accommodate a header tank (for example in an apartment or flat) the header can be accommodated literally on top of the cylinder and is built into the unit. The cylinder therefore combines the ‘header’ and the ‘storage’ elements and becomes a COMBINATION cylinder.

ECONOMY 7 & ECONOMY 10 Cylinders
An Economy 7 &10 cylinder system is designed to exploit ‘off-peak’ electricity – typically available throughout the night. Because you are heating your cylinder overnight it is important to not to loose the stored heat. Economy 7 cylinders are therefore fitted with an extra thick jacket of insulation – typically 60mm thick, as opposed to the 30mm jacket on a standard cylinder.

Immersion heaters

See what our customers had to say about our work with Immersion Heaters here, and here.

Most electric storage heating systems use an electric immersion to heat hot water. This may be using ‘peak’ or more commonly ‘off-peak’ electricity (usually between 11.30pm and 8.30am). If your system uses off peak to heat water then this will be controlled automatically by a timer and the whole tank will be heated for about 5 hours overnight. The water temperature can be boosted during the day if required, at peak rate, by overriding the timer. If using peak electricity only, switch the immersion on for the period required to heat the water. It is expensive to keep the immersion on for long periods during ‘peak’ times.

Wet Rooms

A wetroom is a waterproof room usually equipped with a shower. The room itself becomes the shower enclosure, with a drain inset into the floor replacing the conventional plastic shower tray. Because you have no shower tray you have more scope to create a room that is different in colour , layout and style.

Wetrooms needs to be tanked ( waterproofed ) and also provide a number of benefits over the traditional bathroom set up. For example, a wetroom eliminates water/moisture damage in your home, it is compatible with underfloor heating systems, it prolongs the life of the tile grout, there is need for a lip or step into the shower area with a wetroom meaning that it can be easily accessed by anyone with restricted mobility. A wetroom that is professionally tanked provides a most reassuring promise to homeowners. No more leak guarantee ! Once properly sealed, a wetroom will be impervious to any wandering water.

Power Showers & Pumps

For those who don’t know, a powershower is a bathroom showering system that uses a water pump to increase the water pressure coming out of the shower. This results in a more enjoyable showering experience compared to one that just runs offs mains water pressure.

There are three main types of power shower configuration used inside most homes. They differ in the type and placement of pump in the shower system. The three main types are built-in, single impeller and double impeller pumps.

The built-in pump combines the mixing valve (where you mix the amounts of hot and cold water together) and the pump together in a unit which is mounted on the wall inside of the shower enclosure itself. However, a lot of people want something sleeker and better looking. So this is where the impeller pumps come into action.

A single impeller shower pump is placed between the mixer and the shower head, often mounted inside of the wall. It’s not a very common option due to double impeller pumps costing not much more. However, the pump is fed the mixture of hot and cold water from the mixer and then pumps it straight to the shower head.

The double impeller pump is the main choice for most properties. Just one double impeller can power multiple showers and is placed before the mixer. It is fed both hot and cold water directly from the water tanks and maintains a high pressure into the mixer or any other water outlets such as taps.

Towel Rails

The benefits of heated towel rails in the bathroom for most people need not to be mentioned. The idea of stepping out of a steaming hot bath and then wrapping yourself in really warm bathrobe which only adds to the relaxation effect or keeping towels dry and fresh if you have a really big family nowadays should be a must. But the advantages of an “Electric Towel Rail”, over one that takes the place of the conventional bathroom radiator and is attached to the homes central heating system, are sometimes too quickly skipped over when the bathroom is redesigned.

Let’s face it when the warmer weather is here and the central heating is off what happens then to the towels that the kids have used after their days swimming or just because it’s summer don’t I deserve a warm bathrobe after my shower. And if I realise that I do deserve these little luxuries it would be too expensive or time consuming to kick the heating into gear.

Of course the perfect answer is the electric towel rail. With the flick of a switch it can be warm in minutes, even connected to timers and thermostats if required, and taking the chill off the evening or warming the towels after bath night.. Flexibility is the perfect way to describe the electric towel rail and usually a competent electrician can have one installed in a few hours. In most cases we would suggest that this project would be outside the realms of a DIY job as the newly tightened up building “Part P” regulations and the “mixing of electricity and water” scenario really needs someone who knows what they are doing.

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