How, what and why to choose underfloor heating for your home
What you need to know about underfloor heating? Why would we choose it? Types of underfloor heating. Where and how to use and install it?
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Why choose underfloor heating for your home or office?
Still there are no radiators to work clean, not gathering dust and not occupy a space in our home. With underfloor heating all those walls that are filled with radiators can be used for other things or just to feel more spacious. Underfloor heating is an extremely effective way to heat a room, office, even bathroom, and gives much more pleasant heat than radiators, stoves or traditional solid fuel fireplaces that emit heat always from a place where it is always warmer. With underfloor heating in your home you heat the entire area with much more even temperature.
Are your looking for new ways to heat your home? Underfloor heating by Redsun could be a solution, and an absolute delight for you. Cold feet in chilly winter days are the most unpleasant discomfort. We will present you several solutions that we hope can help you. The main types of underfloor heating are electric and water underfloor heating. Redsun gladly present you the most effective underfloor heating systems.
- new generation with heating strips of amorphous metal;
- high energy efficiency;
- maximum consumption 150W / m²;
- thin profile (thick mat of only 2.2 mm);
- opportunity for instalation under almost all flooring types;
- occupy floor space 60 ÷ 80%;
- 15 years guarantee;
- ability to Internet control via WiFi;
- and many other benefits
Electric underfloor heating is usually made of cable or strip heaters attached to encounter mesh mat. There are also newer types in which all elements are embedded in a continuous roll. The rolls or mats spread on the floor, connected to each other and to a thermostat and power supply too.
In general, an electric underfloor heating is cheaper to install and less tied to floor and home restructuring, and it is slightly more expensive in the long term (based on monthly bills) than a water underfloor heating. The electric underfloor heating is the most optimal option for heating a home, office, gym, halls and so on. и.
Water underfloor heating
- with a heat pump air-water or water-water;
- maximum efficiency;
- COP of 3.5 to 7 (depending on the type of the heat pump) spend 1kW – get between 3.5 and 7 kW heat;
- quality installation of the project;
- maximum comfort;
- consistent heat;
- 30 years guarantee on the pipe installation;
- optimal control (manual mode, weekly working programs, internet management system);
- peace, tranquility, warmth …
Water systems primarily use central heating hot water or heat pumps and various types of boilers in newer versions. The water circulates in plastic tubes which are installed in the floor before final flooring installation.
Water underfloor heating reduces costs for heating the water, as is required a much lower temperature. Conventional radiators needs about 65-85 ° C to reach its optimal effect (maximum heat). The water underfloor heating needs temperature of 23 ° C to 32 ° C. This temperature of the circulating water achieves maximum comfort, optimal COP – coefficient of performance and the lowest monthly bills.
Use of underfloor heating. Where?
Underfloor heating by Redsun can be installed even under carpets.
Quite often the underfloor heating is used in ground floor rooms and in fact, it can be installed in any type of construction and on any floor.
The easiest way to install a water underfloor heating is where it is possible to raise the floor level or where should be build a new floor.
Electric underfloor heating is probably more appropriate for already built flooring because the electrical system is flatter than the water system so that you have less need to change the height of your floor to make it fit.
Some electrical systems can be used under carpets and linoleums on an existing floor.
Ultimately, the electric underfloor heating is easier to install, both in individual rooms and upper floors.
How to install underfloor heating?
If you want your floor heating to be economically and energy efficient, your home should be well insulated (this factor is valid for all heating and cooling systems). Your home should be well insulated to prevent heat loss and to ensure that the heat is directed upwards You must have space for insulation under these systems. If you are able to insulate all walls and ceilings, even it is better.
If you choose a water underfloor heating, make sure that you have place for a control box (collector box) which will be located in a closet (or even a cupboard under the sink). The water underfloor system has a tubing to every room which is used for removal of hot water and also it has an individual valve. All of these items can be put in one place, along with the control and the thermostat.
Nowadays most plastic water pipes which are installed in systems are constantly connected, so there is no danger of water leakage. There are no connections and the system requires no maintenance.
Companies that offer such systems will plan / calculate your needed installation. If you plan to add a water underfloor heating to an existing flooring, you will have to look for professional advice.
All necessary calculations include desired temperature, ceiling height, potential loss of heat and type of flooring.
How to install electric underfloor heating under tiles, granite tiles?
Choice and characteristics of flooring types for underfloor heating systems
Underfloor heating can be used with almost all types of flooring, even carpet, provided that the carpet and the pad have a thermal resistance of not more than 2.5 togs. Statistics show that thermal resistance for a lot of carpets, is not more than 1 tog.
Stone, ceramics etc.
Since these materials become more modern – more and more homes prefer to install underfloor heating. The heating time depends on the thickness of the flooring and the material. In case of thick stone slabs, will take longer to reach the optimum temperature, but once warm, there will be no difference in efficiency, quality and comfort between thick and thin surfaces.
Underfloor heating is suitable for many types of wooden flooring, but it is very important the timber to be suitable for use of underfloor heating. The floor should be a limit to maximum temperature (usually 27 ° C) and should be left a gap on the edge of the floor (windowsills hides that) Always keep in touch with the company supplier and with the person who have to install it before you decide to make your purchase. Many suppliers of wood flooring recommend specific brands of electric underfloor heating. It is better to listen to their advice.
Linoleum and laminate
Underfloor heating can be used with high-quality linoleum and laminates. However, not all laminates and laminates are suitable for underfloor heating. It is advisable to consult with the company supplier and with the person who have to install it before you decide to start.