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Thursday, 20 March 2008

Beat winter power cuts & high energy bills by using underfloor heating and heated towel rails.

… old fashioned electricity guzzling geysers and poor heating methods increase electricity consumption, add to your costs and strain the national electricity grid

Floor insulation coupled with well-installed underfloor heating can chop 25% off your electricity bill in winter, according to Claus Jakobsen, marketing director of Danfoss, the world’s biggest floor heating company.

Underfloor heating is not only environmentally friendly by cutting down on energy use and costs;  dust mites hate it and so it is healthier for those with respiratory diseases such as asthma; and too the Danfoss underfloor heating emits no electromagnetic rays so cuts down on the very high amount of electromagnetic rays in homes which in recent times have been blamed for dramatic rises in cancer especially in children.

Jakobsen said the South African market was poorly informed on ways to conserve energy and cut costs and as a result was placing excessive strain on an already overburdened national grid and adding to consumer bills.

“If you take heated towel rails, many consumers see them as a luxury but actually they consume as much electricity as the dimmest of all electrical light bulbs, a mere 40W.  They also save on tumble drying costs because towels dampened after one use by someone who has just bathed, do not need to be spun dry, they dry quickly on the towel rail.”

Consider this:

A 5 m2  bathroom heated for two hours a day costs approximately 0.37c a day to run – or  R11 a month.
An intelligent thermostat like that designed by Danfoss uses up to 40% less energy than standard timers or thermostats, it knows when to switch itself on or off and ensures maximum comfort – without very hot or very cold areas experienced with old fashioned ways of heating.

Electrical floor heating can be installed under wood or laminate as long as there is a floor sensor.

To heat a 30 sq m room (standard living room), with 3kW installed and an intelligent thermostat, then the standard Eskom rate for 1kW/h of 37 cents. If the room is heated for five hours a day it will cost R5,50 a day to heat.

However, with only a standard thermostat it will cost around R16 a day; and with conventional oil bars, electric bars or gas heating costs can rise to at least double that or around R25 to R30 a day – five to six times more than with well-placed underfloor heating. Remember with underfloor heating only a few rooms need heating to benefit the whole home.

Danfoss underfloor heating carries a 10 year warranty and has safety standards exceeding those laid down by the SA Bureau of Standards.

In the last year it has seen significant growth in the Do-It-Yourself underfloor heating market with a 10sq m installation costing around R1 900 for the handy consumer, major retailers such as CTM are stockists.

South Africa is a warm climate but its citizens are notorious for not preparing for winter. They do not insulate doors or windows, and are usually careless about heating, so the winters feel colder than temperatures would suggest.  Poor heating and careless attention to insulation is also expensive and environmentally unfriendly.

However, floor heating is a strong asset when selling or buying a home in South Africa.

It is considered highly desirable by South Africa’s rapidly burgeoning urban elite. 

The internationally respected global giant, which also manufactures other industrial and domestic heating applications has been in South Africa for six years and with 15% of market share is the market leader in South Africa.


For more information contact:

Claus Jakobsen, marketing manager, Danfoss 082 564 0868 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

You can read more articles by Claus here.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 July 2008 )
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