Speedheat Underfloor Heating

Choosing an underfloor heating supplier

What should I look for when choosing a reputable supplier?

This can be rather confusing and overwhelming.

To ensure you invest in a safe, quality product that lasts a lifetime, we've listed some guidelines:

1.  The Consultation

When requesting a quotation, ensure the sales consultant listens attentively to your heating needs and requirements.  This is very important during the initial consultation, as this will ensure that your expectations are met accurately.  Ask questions where you are not sure.

The heating consultant should take the following into consideration before recommending any product:

Your individual comfort levels and your expectations from your system.
An assessment of the area you wish to heat and possible heat loss areas (large bay windows in an open living area).
The direction the room is facing.
Insulation already installed (ceiling, floor and windows).
Whether or not you wish to install floor insulation below the heating system (this will affects the power density needed to effectively and efficiently heat the room).

All these factors affect the performance of your heating system.

2.  Safety First!

You do not want to compromise your safety.

Heating elements should have a full earth screen (0.5mm² according to IEC standards).  Fully earthed heaters need to be installed in all areas of your home, not just in wet areas like kitchens and bathrooms.
The electrical installation must comply with the SANS 10142 wiring code.

If you have any doubt about the legality of your installation please check with your electrician, who has a copy of the SANS 10142 wiring code, or check with the local authority, which issues the Certificate of Electrical Compliance. 

Most homeowners are not familiar with the SANS wiring code. The problem often only becomes apparent when a property is being sold and an Electrical Certificate of Compliance cannot be issued.

3.  Quality and Product Standards

To ensure processes comply with quality standards, quality management systems should be ISO certified.  This means the management systems comply with the ISO standards
ISO 9001:2008 being the most recent audit.

IEC, CSA, UL are international organizations that regulate quality, product and safety standards.

4.  Peace of Mind is Important!

Ensure that you are using a reputable, reliable underfloor heating supplier, not a fly-by-night company.

Ask about warranties and after-sales support.  Do some homework on the supplier's background and history.  Check previous projects and experience.

Should there be a problem with your underfloor heating system, you want peace of mind knowing that someone knowledgeable and professional will be there to attend to it.