Ceiling Heating?

Ceiling Heating?

10:31 AM, 26th July 2021, About 2 years ago 7

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Hi all, has anyone heard of ceiling heating in a ground floor flat?

This heating is in all 12 flats on 3 floors, the builder Seddons has provided plenty of drying areas outside (washing lines) my electrician hasn’t heard of it and speaking to the tenants they don’t use it.

They use blower heating, which is just a plug-in electric heater. Has anyone any advice they can share on how this ceiling heat works in ground floor flats?

Many thanks


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brian gill

11:08 AM, 26th July 2021, About 2 years ago

I have come across it in flats built/converted in the 80's. Pretty rubbish so I would change it. You might benefit 10-20%, but your neighbour above will be warm!

Emma Roodenberg

11:31 AM, 26th July 2021, About 2 years ago

Hello, one of my flats has it, but it is a top floor and is kept warm by the ceiling heat of the flat below. It is a poor system, especially for a ground floor flat and does not score well on the EPC. I would contact and EPC specialist and ask them for advice on a new heating system. As an owner, you cd put up with it but for a rental property it is an ineffective nuisance (from my experience). All the best with sorting it out!


14:26 PM, 26th July 2021, About 2 years ago

Yes I've got this in a flat. Heat rises so it's a very inefficient and expensive electrical heating system. I'd rather see the benefit of a warm floor (which you are giving to the flat above to some degree). I believe there is some sort of wire mesh very close to the ceiling surface which gives off the heat so any new fittings into the ceiling (eg screws for trunking) are likely to damage it and stop it working. Take more advice and go for something more efficient.


14:27 PM, 26th July 2021, About 2 years ago

Hi, like most heating systems if there is no insulation to stop the heating escaping then it wont work. A couple of years ago we had ceiling heating/cooling installed in our barn conversion c/w insulation, and its working well.

Nick Pope

8:20 AM, 31st July 2021, About 2 years ago

If the property is late 60s or 70's there were several systems available. The commonest was ICI Flexel. It was cheap to install, each room could be separately controlled but it was expensive to run and easily damaged - one drill hole in the wrong place and the whole room lost heating. It was very quick the heat a room but from the ceiling down so your head felt hot whilst feet were cold. I have personal experience as I surveyed houses in Berkshire in around 1973 with this system.

A google search indicates that it is still a company called Flexel but that they started in 1978 - perhaps took over from ICI.

Adam Geerdes

6:19 AM, 22nd January 2023, About 8 months ago

A lot of poor advice/info here. Heat does not rise, hot air does. This isn't forced air heat. Heating the air is extremely inefficient, that's why ceiling heat doesn't heat the air. Ceiling heat is radiant heat. It heats the objects in the room BELOW it. It will not heat the room above it, at least not very effectively. It also will not make your head hot while your feet are cold(I actually laughed out loud at that one). I suppose if you stood on a ladder with your head by the ceiling for a while it could, but, yeah, again that's not how radiant heat works. The people using the plug in space heaters with fans are actually spending more money on heat than if they used the radiant ceiling heat. Electricity is expensive, and that makes electric heat less desirable. Pretty much everything else written in the comments here is 100% false.

Nick Pope

15:09 PM, 22nd January 2023, About 8 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Adam Geerdes at 22/01/2023 - 06:19
You may laugh at the hot head comment but it was true. I was doing an inventory on a fully furnished house in The Bull Meadow, Streatley in the middle of winter in, I think 1976. The heating was on low and it was bl**dy cold out so I overrode the settings (individual thermostas in each room) and without doubt I could feel the radiant heat on my head whilst my feet were cold. The houses were built in around 1968 and as soon as gas was laid on every house switched as they all hated the ICI Flexel heating.

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