Underfloor heating is known for providing great comfort while consuming less energy than normal radiators. It's worth placing these water pipes or electric heating cables under the floor! Find out about some of the most important benefits of installing underfloor heating in the description below. Underfloor heating is becoming more and more popular, especially with those building their own new homes. The incentive is comfort, no visible heating elements, vertical temperature distribution in rooms and emphasized by many, lower heating costs than when using conventional heaters.
Investors often choose water underfloor heating which is more expensive to install but offset by lower running costs. It aslo takes longer to assemble but the costs of running electrical underfloor heating are almost twice as high.
Where to begin? - installation design and good floor insulation
Threre are 3 different types of underfloor heating. Usually its just a concrete heating plate with embedded heating elements. In addition to water technology, i.e. covering pipes or cables with cement or anhydrite screed, systems for wooden floors are used, for dry installation.
How to plan underfloor heating in advance?
The use of underfloor heating is best foreseen before building a house. There will then be no trouble with the height of the floors and the need to level them in rooms with and without heated floors.
Heated floor - how not to lose any heat?
The heated floor must be protected against heat loss, so thermal insulation boards made of rigid foamed polystyrene boards or mineral wool stiffened with resins are laid on an even surface. To improve the work, special insulation boards glued to the foil - rolled from a roll - are often used. The foil is printed with a grid that facilitates precise positioning and fixing of the pipes.
Water underfloor heating vs electric floor heating?
When choosing between water floor heating and electric floor heating, we should be aware that electricity is more expensive to run, so we will pay a lot for heating with electricity in the long term. But on the other hand, the cost of buying heating cables or heating mats will be lower than the elements necessary for the water installation. We will also avoid operational problems that occur when the water floor heating system is not made correctly. Electric heating is much simpler, so operational errors are less common. The advantage of such a solution is also the possibility of heating the floor without having to run the heating system, for example during transition periods - spring and autumn.
Underfloor heating - comfortable and economical
Heat exchange between the heating device and the environment occurs primarily in two ways: by radiation and by convection Thermal radiation is the transfer of energy of electromagnetic radiation, the source of which is every body with a temperature above absolute zero. Convection is the transfer of heat, i.e. the heat exchange that occurs as a result of body movement (in this case air in the room). Unlike ordinary radiators, a floor heated by water pipes or resistance wires gives off heat mainly by radiation.
When the floor is warmer, less heat from our bodies radiates towards it, so less heat from the environment is needed so that we are not cold.
In what rooms should underfloor heating be installed?Is underfloor heating suitable for all rooms?
One of its features is the large thermal inertia - the temperature of such a floor "radiator" changes slowly. By the time you turn on normal heating and start to feel the heat it takes a long time, with underfloor heating the process is faster and the results can be visible for a long time after it is turned off.
Advantages of underfloor heating
Equal distribution of heat in every room.
It is more profitable, you can save up to 12-15% per year if you were to use normal radiators in your house.
It is suitable for people with allergies as there is no dust being spread from the heaters around the house .
The lack of heaters on the walls improves the aesthetics of your home, comfort of movement and makes your cleaning easier.
It allows the use of other heating techniques that include the use of a heat pump, which provides efficiency, and is easy to install as a low-temperature installation.