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Is a heat pump worth considering for your project

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Is a heat pump worth considering for my project? - A beginner’s guide

There has been and continues to be a lot of talk around heat pumps being the go-to low-carbon alternative for heating our homes and, to be fair,...

6 min read

What types of rooms are best suited for electric underfloor heating?

If you are researching the feasibility of electric underfloor heating for your home, you may see a lot of examples that simply talk about underfloor...

4 min read

ThermoSphere Ultimate® vs ThermoSphere Mesh – what’s better for tiles?

When deciding what type of system is best to heat tiled floors, we often get asked why we suggest ThermoSphere Ultimate over ThermoSphere Mesh and...

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Why NOT installing insulation is bad news for your electric underfloor heating

As purse strings continue to tighten, we’re seeing more electric underfloor heating installations without insulation board being used. Not only does...

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Is the future still electric? Low carbon heating survey one year on

The UK must reach its net zero goal for 2050, and in the construction sector that requires a 68% reduction of carbon emissions by 2030.Last year we...

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When to install a contactor snubber for electric underfloor heating system

When it comes to electric underfloor heating, one thing that is often overlooked, is the electrical load of the system. This is only an issue when...

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The guide to underfloor heating thermostats

It won’t be long before we start thinking about turning the heating on to combat the chill of the winter months. As the heating season fast...

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How to run your electric underfloor heating system

With the colder months fast approaching, many homeowners will start to think about turning on their heating and some may even be getting new heating...

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Guide to installing underfloor heating under wooden floors

Underfloor heating is well-known for warming cold tile and stone floors, but it can also make a wooden floor finish feel a million dollars. So, if...

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ThermoSphere Ultimate® wins prestigious flooring innovation award

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve won at the Flooring Innovation Awards 2023 with our innovative, industry-first heating cable, ThermoSphere...

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What are the pros and cons of underfloor heating?

With the heating season just around the corner, and one of the busiest times of the year for any heating manufacturer, we thought it would be a good...

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ThermoSphere Ultimate stops snagging for tradespeople

One of the biggest problems tradespeople face is repairs and snagging. For electrical underfloor heating installers, these are most commonly caused...

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4 Things that can affect electric underfloor heating output

If you are looking into buying and installing electric underfloor heating in your home, it’s vital that you understand and get the right heat output....

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Guide to Installing Electric Boilers

Electric boilers are similar in size to gas boilers and, on average, slightly cheaper to install. They have appeal to homeowners who live off the gas...

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Value engineering for heating

Construction costs in the UK are increasing at a steady rate. In March 2023 the material price index for new homes had a year-on-year increase of 9.5%

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Can electric underfloor heating be used as a primary source of heat?

When you ask a group of people if electric underfloor heating can be used as a primary heat source, more often than not you’ll get a mix of...

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Electric boilers vs oil boilers for off gas grid heating

If you live in a home that is off the gas grid, you’ll know that there are a wide range of options available to choose from to heat your home. There...

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Water underfloor heating vs electric underfloor heating

In this heating blog article, we will be walking you through both water underfloor heating and electric underfloor heating to help you decide what...

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What is SAP 11 and why does it matter to electric heating specifiers?

Over the next two years the government will be gearing up to overhaul the current Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) system for assessing the energy...

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Electric underfloor heating: Mesh mat vs heating & decoupling system

Deciding what is the best electric heating system to use for your project can often be confusing especially when many of them can effectively heat...

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A guide to specifying and installing heated single towel rails

There are many types of towel rails and they come in many different shapes and sizes. Towel rails provide an added bit of luxury to a bathroom at a...

7 min read

Is a heat pump worth considering for my project? - A beginner’s guide

There has been and continues to be a lot of talk around heat pumps being the go-to low-carbon alternative for heating our homes and, to be fair,...

5 min read

What electric underfloor heating system should I choose?

So, you’ve completed your research on electric underfloor heating and have decided that it’s the perfect fit for your project. But, with so much...

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Meet the electric heating expert - Q&A with Sam Hills

For 25 years we’ve used our expertise to drive innovation forward, and our new ThermoSphere Ultimate Heating Cable is the newest instalment in a long...

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5 Reasons to choose NEW in-line joint and TwistedTwin heating cable

At ThermoSphere we’re excited to launch the new improved version of our underfloor Membrane Heating Cable. We’ve been working hard to introduce...

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Electric heating is getting a new wrap

As a leading British manufacturer of electric heating, ThermoSphere are not only committed to leading the charge in changing the way homes are...

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5 reasons why this is the best programmable thermostat

Effectively controlling your electric underfloor heating needs two key ingredients. The first is it needs to be simple to use. The second is it needs...

4 min read

How to tile over electric underfloor heating in 2023

Tiled floors are the most common floor finishes to have over electric underfloor heating and for good reason. Electric underfloor heating is more...

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New underfloor heating cable with a big difference

70% of faults with an electric underfloor heating installation occur around the cold tail joint of the heating cable. This not only causes a headache...

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What’s the best electric radiator to buy?

If you are considering electric radiators as a heating option for your renovation or new build project, then you’re probably thinking about what is...

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What are the eco and cost-saving home improvements for 2023?

In our third instalment of looking at the findings of the Rated People Home Improvement Trends Report 2023, we focus on both the sustainable and...

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How the cost-of-living is affecting tradespeople?

We often talk about how the cost-of-living is impacting homeowners, especially when it comes to heating homes. But what kind of impact is the...

4 min read

What are the home improvement trends for 2023?

It’s that time of year again when Rated People launch their much-anticipated Home Improvement Trends Report. So, if you are a homeowner or a...

5 min read

How to save money when running electric heating

When looking at different heating systems for your home, running costs play a big factor as to which system you decide upon. Even though it is worse...

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The common mistakes people make with underfloor heating thermostats

When it comes to controlling your electric underfloor heating there are things you should do to get the most out of it. Unfortunately, we see a few...

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7 tips before buying electric underfloor heating

If you are in the market for an electric underfloor heating system for your next home renovation, then you have landed in the perfect place. We’ve...

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What’s the difference between electric radiators and panel heaters?

In this blog we run through the difference between electric radiators and panel heaters. 

If you are thinking about giving your home heating a bit of...

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10 common questions answered about electric underfloor heating

In the UK we are becoming increasingly conscious of the rising cost of energy and the impact that heating our homes has on the environment. Electric...

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Direct electric heating key for decarbonisation of heating in the UK

Launched in the latter part of 2022, the report ‘Working towards Net Zero’ sheds light on the UK construction industry’s attitudes toward direct...

5 min read

What are instant water heaters and are they any good?

According to research by Water UK, the average person in the UK uses 142 litres of water a day. However, the same research also highlights that many...

4 min read

Best Underfloor Heating for Vinyl

‘What’s the best underfloor heating for vinyl floors?’ is not an uncommon question we get asked. Vinyl flooring is becoming a more popular floor...

4 min read

Bathroom Design Trends for 2023

It’s that time of the year where we take an honest look at bathroom design trends for 2023. So, we’ve scoured the internet, read through a heap of...

4 min read

What are the disadvantages of electric heating?

The energy crisis and extreme price volatility in fossil fuel markets has had a dramatic impact on the cost of living for many homeowners, and as a...

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The top 5 electric underfloor heating brands to look out for in 2023

After the success of our ‘The top 5 electric underfloor heating brands for 2022?’ blog, we thought it would only be right to update it for 2023 and...

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Injecting some heat into wet room projects

With so many brands of underfloor heating out there and different methods of heating like wet vs electric underfloor heating, it can be difficult to...

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What’s the best electric underfloor heating system to use?

As a British manufacturer of electric underfloor heating, we often get asked ‘What’s the best electric underfloor heating system to use?’. Sounds...

5 min read

Electric boilers: An introductory guide for homeowners

How we heat homes is changing and the journey towards reducing carbon emissions is driving it. Gas boilers will be banned from new build developments...

5 min read

What’s the best way to heat garden rooms and offices?

According to the Rated People Home Improvement Trends Report 2022, additions such as a self-contained annex or a garden room are becoming...

4 min read

Do smart thermostats save you money?

Smart devices are big business in the UK. According to a survey conducted by Statista, 19% of UK homeowners already own a smart device such as a...

5 min read

Electric Towel Bar Buying Guide

In this article we will be covering everything you need to know when it comes to specifying and purchasing electric towel bars for your next bathroom...

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How to save when running electric heating

If you are looking for energy saving tips on the internet, you’ll be presented a whole heap of different options. From not using a tumble dryer to...

5 min read

Expert Tips for Installing Electric Underfloor Heating

With the colder months approaching, many of us will be planning to turn the heating on or looking at new ways of heating our rooms cost effectively....

3 min read

Next-gen heating technologies pique consumers’ interests

We recently published a report looking at attitudes towards decarbonisation within the construction industry. The findings are revealing…There’s...

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The 3 things you NEED to know before buying Micro Electric Boiler

If you’re reading this, then the chances are you’re weighing up the pros and cons of buying a Micro Electric Boiler (MEB) for your home or project....

5 min read

How thick is underfloor heating?

When looking into installing underfloor heating, ‘how thick is underfloor heating?’ ranks in the top three of the most common questions asked. There...

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The best natural stone to use with underfloor heating

When it comes to choosing between ceramic or porcelain tiles and natural stone it used to be an easier decision because if you wanted the authentic...

4 min read

Supplementary heating when no oil or gas is available

James Warlow is an Architectural Technologist living in Norfolk and has a career spanning nearly 47 years in architecture. James lives in a 3-bedroom...

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The pros and cons of electric radiators

The way we heat our homes continues to feature heavily in the news and it doesn’t look like it will disappear anytime soon. When ‘Googling’ home...

5 min read

Can you swap out a gas or oil boiler for an electric one?

Electric boilers have always been most popular in off grid areas with no mains gas, but with the increases in oil prices and the desire to reduce our...

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How to install electric underfloor heating: A guide for a DIYer

Electric underfloor heating is a simple and effective heating system to install in both retrofit and new build projects. Any competent DIYer can do...

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Heat Pumps & Direct Electric Heating – a partnership to net zero

If you search for information on heat pumps via Google or any other search engine, you will see a mass of opinion. Some articles claim heat pumps to...

5 min read

Electric underfloor heating, is it worth it for first time buyers?

There’s nothing quite like moving into your 1st property. The excitement, stress, documents and those incoming bills (Ugh!) Hmmm, maybe it’s not as...

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Where can I buy ThermoSphere electric heating? Can I buy from you?

You are probably wondering why we are writing a blog post on this. It seems a bit bizarre right? Actually, we love to ensure we answer every question...

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Why is my electric radiator not heating the room properly?

One of the most common questions we get asked in relation to electric radiators is, ‘will it heat the room to the right & required temperatures?’ The...

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A NEW smarter water heating alternative - Product launch

How many times a day have you needed to run water, just waiting for it to get hot? It’s a massive waste! In fact, in the UK, we waste 65.5bn litres...

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9 tips to save electricity and reduce your energy bill

There’s no denying it, prices for both gas and electricity have gone up significantly. Following an announcement by Ofgem in February 2022 about...

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What’s the best underfloor heating to use in kitchens?

Kitchens are usually the most used living spaces in any home and are often not just for cooking but for entertaining in too. For the ‘heart of the...

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How to troubleshoot common problems with an Electric Flow Boiler

If you’ve ever experienced a boiler breakdown, you’ll know it can be a very inconvenient and sometimes traumatic experience, especially if you rely...

5 min read

What’s the best underfloor heating for living rooms and lounges?

In the latest Home Improvement Trends Report 2022 by Rated People, the perceived value that underfloor heating adds to a home is a whopping £12,290....

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What’s the best underfloor heating for conservatories?

Underfloor heating is a brilliantly versatile heating system that can be installed in any room in a home…including conservatories.

Since the early...

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How much does electric underfloor heating cost in 2022?

Well, that’s a good question I must admit! The short answer is ‘not much’ but that doesn’t really cut the mustard for most people, so I have done my...

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How to save more water at home - 7 top tips

Over the last couple of years awareness of the need to reduce carbon emissions has intensified. From the UK Government’s drive to ban gas boilers in...

4 min read

Is electric underfloor heating worth it?

You may have experienced the sheer joy and comfort of underfloor heating at a friend’s or neighbour’s house. You may have also been told about the...

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How much underfloor heating do I need and how much does it cost?

Probably if you’ve ended up at this blog, you’ve already decided to use electric underfloor heating in your project.

However, this blog isn’t for...

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How do you make underfloor heating more efficient?

You’ve made the decision to install and use electric underfloor heating, you’re ready to make the purchase, but have you covered all bases,...

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Can you repair electric underfloor heating?

One of the most common fears of underfloor heating is the fear of it ‘going wrong’ or stopping working altogether. “Can electric underfloor heating...

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The challenge in updating the heating systems of listed buildings?

Heating a listed historic building is often seen as a huge challenge mainly down to the simple fact the fabric of the building is not up to current...

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The best way to heat your home which is kinder to the environment?

The subject of domestic heating continues to be a popular subject. From the inevitable increase in fuel bills to the contribution of home heating on...

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The best underfloor heating for wooden floors

What’s the best underfloor heating for wooden floors? The popularity of underfloor heating continues to rise for both new build and renovation...

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Bathroom design trends for 2022 – the ones we actually like

Bathroom design trends – When you ‘Google’ bathroom design trends for 2022 you’ll see a huge number of blog posts highlighting a wide range of...

5 min read

What you need to know before installing electric underfloor heating

So, you’ve completed all of your research and decided that electric underfloor heating is the best fit for your new project. Great! What are the next...

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Why removing insulation from underfloor heating is costing homeowners

I recently asked our wonderful Customer Experience team what were the typical questions asked byhomeownerswhen they called us. Unsurprisingly, one...

4 min read

Can you use electric underfloor heating under carpet?

When you think of underfloor heating, the first thing that most likely comes to mind is heating a tiled floor in a bathroom or wet room. However,...

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The best electric underfloor heating for tile and stone floors

When it comes to underfloor heating, it is much more common to heat tile or stone floors than wood, carpet or vinyl. So, you can imagine why one of...

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The top 5 electric underfloor heating brands for 2022

Who are the top 5 electric underfloor heating brands for 2022? Straight off the bat, you may be thinking ‘Why is a British manufacturer of electric...

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What is the best thermostat to use for underfloor heating?

What is the best thermostat to use for underfloor heating? When it comes to the best thermostat to use for underfloor heating, there are so many to...

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Is underfloor heating expensive to run?

Is underfloor heating expensive to run? – This is probably the single question that I get asked the most by folks who are looking to purchase...

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Why is my underfloor heating not working? Troubleshooting tips! Part 2

In this second part of our guide ‘Why is my underfloor heating not working?’, we continue with our top trouble shooting tips if your electric...

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Underfloor Heating vs Radiators – What’s better?

When it comes to heating your home, there are a wide variety of options to choose from.Radiatorsare one of the most common ways to do it and the...

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Why is my underfloor heating not working? Troubleshooting tips! Part 1

In this first part of our guide ‘Why is my underfloor heating not working?’, we cover; towel test, power, circuit check and sensors. But if it’s...

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Electric underfloor heating vs wet underfloor heating – what's better?

It’s great that you are thinking about installing underfloor heating for your next project. You’ll receive all the benefits that come with underfloor...

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What's the best underfloor heating for bathrooms?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions and for good reason! With so many brands of underfloor heating out there including Warm Up, Heat Mat...

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£5 donated for every sign-up

We are proud to support Rapid Relief Team (RRT) throughout September by donating £5 for every sign-up to our installer programme, ThermoSphere...

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Naturally better by design: New electric towel bar range launched!

ThermoSphere, one of the UKs leading electric heating manufacturers, continues to innovate with their new ultra-energy-efficient electric towel bar...

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How to reduce heating bills in 7 easy ways

With the cold weather just around the corner, many of us will be turning on the heating, monitoring the thermostat, looking at our smart meters and...

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A quick guide to SAP 10

Harry Hinchliffe, Energy Consultant and BREEAM Assessor with our friends at C80 Solutions, guides you through SAP 10 and the impact it will have on...

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ThermoSphere Membrane is officially award-winning!

There is a reason that ThermoSphere Membrane is getting a lot of attention from tilers and why it is a Tomorrow’s Tile and Stone Awards 2021...

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Top tips for converting to electric heating

It is a well-known fact that the majority of homes in the UK are using gas heating. The reasons vary, from ‘it was there when we moved in’, to it is...

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How to test an electric underfloor heating system

One of the most important steps when installing an electric underfloor heating system is the testing. Once the final floor finish is laid it can be...

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A guide to off-grid heating and why the future is electric

If you’re one of over 2 million homes in the UK not connected to a mains gas supply you know the challenges surrounding heating your home. In this...

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How the Future Homes Standard impacts home heating

The Future Homes Standard was launched earlier in 2019 as part of a statement from the UK government and later in the same year the public...