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Great timely work, friendly service and kept in contact until paperwork came through. Would highly recommend and hire again in future.

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Reviewed by Lisa on 27/9/2018

Andrew was great. What struck me about me the most was how proud he was about his star rating, and he therefore worked hard to ensure he retained it. He was reliable, fair, and went above and beyond to do a thorough job. I've recommended him to all my friends.

Qualified and experienced electrician offering free estimates, no minimum fee and no call out charge. Based in Glasgow and delivering excellent customer service throughout central Scotland in electrical installation, repair fault finding and modernisation. Fully insured. Disclosure Scotland. All work undertaken.

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Reviewed by Jack on 30/8/2018

Great job

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Reviewed by Kenny on 20/9/2018

Great. Fast and efficient

JCEM PROPERTY CARE LTD SPECIALISTS IN ELECTRIC HEATING TO ALL MANUFACTURES, AND ALL GENERAL PLUMBING INSTALLATION AND REPAIR WORK,INSURANCE WORK UNDERTAKEN GUARANTEED 1 HR RESPONSE WITHIN 50 MILE RADIUS,QUALITY & INSURED,ALL DIAGNOSTIC WORK IS CHARGABLE

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Reviewed by Nikki on 8/10/2018

Professional, polite and fair. Jamie did a great job replacing out hot water tank. Good price, good work. Thank you for coming early and your quick response. Most of all thank you for work carried out.

ELECTROFLEX is a small family owned electrical business consisting of myself and my two sons. We have 25 years of electrical experience and pride ourselves in keeping prices low and quality high. You will be pleased...

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Reviewed by June on 12/10/2018

job was harder than expected but Erroll and son tackled it and saw it through .Very pleased and now have lovely hot water . Many thanks to them ,will use again if needed.Can not fault them very polite and cheerful unlike a lot of tradesmen.

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Reviewed by Ben on 15/9/2018

Shaune provided a great service. He was quick and the quality of work was great. I’d recommend him to anyone.

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Reviewed by Gary on 18/10/2018

Great job and went over and above what was asked. Would recommend to anyone!

I have been an electrician now for 50 Years,my company has been involved with various prestige contracts in schools,with local authorities and the main supply cables in connection with the castle Tattoo lighting, I've worked with Rated People for 4 years

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Reviewed by Sheila on 17/10/2018

Excellent speedy response. Job done well.

Construction and Building Services offered.

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Reviewed by KK on 17/2/2018

A professional service, I would recommend Sid.

I'm an experienced electrician. My aim is to provide a top quality electrician service to all of my customers. I take regulation very seriously which is why you will find that I am registered with NAPIT,Part p Electrical saftey

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Reviewed by Chris on 16/7/2018

Carl fitted new light switches, moved some sockets i could not reach and fitted an outside socket - he was very professional and worked quickly and efficiently

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Electric underfloor heating specialists - what you need to know

Below you’ll find information to help you understand the different types of underfloor heating systems and the tradespeople who can fit them. Find answers to the most common questions and a guide to costs.

What does underfloor heating involve?

Underfloor heating works by producing radiant heat. The floor’s turned into one big radiating surface, which heats the room up and gets rid of any cold spots. There are two types of systems to choose from – electric and water-based (wet). Plumbers and heating engineers can fit water-based systems, whereas electricians will be able to install electric systems. You’ll also find that many flooring specialists can fit both types of systems.

Cost of underfloor heating work

A water-based underfloor heating system will cost you around £100 per square metre, although individual costs will vary once you add on floor preparation, underlay and labour. If you have timber joists, you’ll need aluminium sheets to reflect heat and that’ll add around £10 per sheet to the total cost. An electric system will be roughly half the price but it’ll cost more to run.

Ask for an advanced, programmable energy-monitor thermostat (instead of a basic one with an on and off function) to programme your heating settings by different areas. It’ll mean you can set the heating for certain areas in the house and only have it on when you’ll be getting use out of it. The energy monitor function will also show you the running costs of the system, helping you to budget and keep costs down.

What’s the difference between a water-based system and an electric system?

Electric system – electricity powers the wire that’s installed underneath the floor level to produce heat. It’s directly underneath the floor covering and doesn’t rely on a central heating system to work, making it a good choice for retrofits, one-room installations or use in rooms where the sub-floor level has already been set. The wire that’s installed is thin (around 3mm), so you won’t normally have to adjust the level of the floor to accommodate it.

Water system – pipes are connected to a boiler or another source of heat to heat up the water. This water then circulates in the pipes beneath the flooring to produce heat. When the system’s installed, it’s fitted to the structural sub-floor and screeded over to help spread the heat, raising the height of the flooring. Because of this, it’s best suited to new-builds or during big refurbishments where the sub-floor can accommodate the pipework and cement screed more easily.

Underfloor heating vs. radiators

Radiators heat you from the head down, whereas underfloor heating works from the ground up. These different techniques mean that heat is more evenly distributed throughout the space with underfloor heating.

If you’re deciding whether to choose underfloor heating or stick with traditional radiators, it’s worth thinking about how much time you’ll spend at home and in different rooms. Underfloor heating can take up to six hours to slowly warm up a room and can be slow to cool down, so a combination of both can sometimes be a better idea instead of having underfloor heating throughout the whole house.

Choosing to have it installed on the ground floor and keep radiators upstairs could give you the benefits of an evenly heated space downstairs, plus let you have instant heat when you want it upstairs. You’d just need to turn on a bathroom radiator or heated towel rail in the bathroom. It all depends on how much use you’d get out of having heating underfoot upstairs and whether you’d want the room to cool down quickly if you decided to sleep.

From an interior design perspective, you could have more freedom with underfloor heating downstairs, as you won’t have to incorporate the positioning of radiators and plug sockets when making decisions on décor and the layout of the room.

How do I know if the system’s working properly?

One of the biggest misconceptions about underfloor heating is that you’ll feel it underneath your feet. The truth is the marker of a well-functioning system is that you won’t be able to feel it. The floor won’t be cold, but it won’t be obviously warm. Because of that, it’s worth having the system checked once a year by a qualified heating engineer to make sure it’s working as it should and not costing you more money to run. Problems are rare but if something should go wrong, engineers can normally use an infra-red camera to check where the issue is and fix it without having to lift the entire floor. 

The best flooring finishes for underfloor heating

Underfloor heating works with all sorts of floor finishes but the best choices are the ones that transmit the most heat, like tile or stone. Carpet will hold onto some heat but still be effective. If you can, avoid wood, as not only can it expand and move with heat, it’s a natural insulator so you won’t notice enough of a difference to justify spending money on the heating.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

If you’re having electric underfloor heating installed, you’ll need a tradesperson who’s Part P certified to carry out the work. If you’re having a water-based system installed, there are no specific qualifications needed – you’ll just want a plumber or heating engineer who’s handy at connecting pipes and raising floors if needed.

What is Part P?

Part P is a specific part of building regulations which says that if you’re carrying out electrical installation work in a home, you need to design it and install it in a way that protects people from fire and electric shocks. When a tradesperson has this certification, they’re Part P certified. This means they can self-certify that their work complies with building regulations, instead of you needing to report work to your local authority’s building control department for approval.

Insurance for underfloor heating work

There’s no legal requirement for tradespeople to have insurance but it’s good practice for them to have public liability insurance to cover themselves against potential claims for property damage and personal injury.

Building regulations for underfloor heating work

You’ll only need to seek building regulations approval if you choose to have electric underfloor heating installed and your tradesperson isn’t Part P certified.

Questions you should ask your tradesperson

  • How long have they been trading for?
  • Can they show you examples of underfloor heating they’ve installed for other customers?
  • How long does the guarantee last?
  • Do they have insurance and what does this cover?
  • If they’re fitting an electric system, do they have a Part P qualification?
  • Will they be doing the work by themselves or will they be working with somebody else? If somebody else, can they tell you what experience the person has, any relevant qualifications and whether they’re covered by insurance?

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