The Amorphous Metal Underfloor Heating System

Why is Electric Underfloor Heating Efficient?

Accolades Amorphous Metal Underfloor Heating system converts energy into radiant heat very efficiently. This allows you to feel warmer at a lower temperature by reducing heat loss from your body without having to overheat your room. Think of it like the sun shining through a window – you feel the radiant heat from the sun, but your window doesn’t heat up. That’s radiant heat! However, if you overheat your room to maintain the ambient air temperature you are used to with conventional (convective) heating you will not fully benefit from these energy savings.

Energy savings will vary depending on the insulation, usage patterns, power costs and personal requirements of the occupants.


Sustainability with Electric Underfloor Heating
New legislation requires builders and architects to design and build highly insulated properties and focus on the heating efficiency of these properties. Amorphous Metal underfloor heating, combined with effective insulation offers the perfect solution to take full advantage of the shift towards cleaner energy. This makes the Amorphous Metal ribbon system not only the ideal heating choice for today, but for tomorrow too.

Advanced Zoning Ability Leads To Efficiency Gains

Amorphous Metal system is controlled via a thermostat in each room. Thermostats are programmed to only heat rooms when required and energy isn't wasted heating rooms that don't require heating at that time. Each room will have its own independent temperature settings ensuring they won't be overheated or underheated, leading to greater comfort levels and lower power consumption.Running costs for typical heating systems and Amorphous Metal underfloor heating system will vary according to the thermal characteristics of your property, your usage requirements, your control systems and your utilities tariff. These variables make it impossible to provide an exact cost comparison but as a general guide, 10 - 20% energy saving should be possible using insulated underfloor heating compared to conventional heating methods.

Soaring fuel prices make electric heating cheaper than gas.

According to independent energy watchdog Energywatch, gas prices have risen by 92% in the past eight years, whilst electricity prices have increased by just 54% in the same period. Electricity is almost 100% efficient at the point of use, whereas gas boilers waste energy by way of the flue and heat dissipation through walls. It is reasonable therefore to assume that gas users may well be paying much more for heating costs whilst receiving much less. When maintenance costs of a gas heating system are factored into the equation, the annual running costs of an electric underfloor system looks particularly attractive.


Hi Alan,

Further to our conversation yesterday I would just like to confirm how impressed I am with Accolade's Amorphous Metal underfloor heating system. We have installed it in both the games room, which has an engineered oak wood floor and the garden room which has a slate floor.

In the games room we had two concerns, firstly that wood is not a good conductor of heat and secondly the weight of a full size snooker table. We went for 14mm thick flooring but would probably have been O.K. with 20 mm as the heat comes through fine. As for the snooker table we laid the heating mats across the room, i.e. at right angles to the length of the table and missed out strips under the legs. This meant we had 11 mats instead of 15 and even though it is a big room with a high ceiling it is comfortably warm with the system set on vacation mode and a room temperature of 17 degrees.

The garden room was a greater concern because the total thickness of the sand/cement bedding layer and the slate slabs was nearly 60mm. This was well above your recommended maximum thickness. However we again switched the system on to vacation mode with a room temperature of 15 degrees and left it overnight. The following morning the room was nicely warm. Even during the recent very cold weather we have not had to increase the setting because although the system cuts out when the room reaches the set temperature the slate floor continues to act as a large radiator and keeps the room at or above that temperature for some time before the system needs to come back on.

We are very pleased with the system and would have no hesitation in recommending it to others.

M Butler.

Please note: If a householder is in doubt regarding the insulative qualities of a room/property we recommend commissioning a specialist to provide a heat loss report.