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Underfloor heating pros, cons and common questions

Heating Trends, last updated on November 15, 2022

This type of heating was already well known in Roman times, and it only improved over the years. However, regardless of the long tradition, underfloor heating still causes certain doubts.


Underfloor heating pros, cons and common questions

How many times has it happened to you that you don't know where to place a bed, table or other piece of furniture because the classic radiator is in the way?

Underfloor heating is invisible and does not affect the interior design. In addition, it is an aesthetic and comfortable way of heating without the circulation of dust and dry air, more health-friendly and more economical than radiator heating. Of course, the choice depends on individual needs and possibilities.

Although it is mentioned in the context of a trend that plays an important role in the decoration of modern interiors, we cannot say that underfloor heating is an innovative product.

In which facilities is floor heating installed?

Underfloor heating can be installed in all types of buildings, regardless of size and purpose (apartments, shops, sports halls, churches...) with a note that they must be well insulated.

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What is the process of floor heating installation?

A suitable layer of thermal insulation (heating elements, i.e. electric heating cables or water pipes) is placed on the base concrete slab, which prevents heat from escaping downwards. Everything is covered with a layer of cement glaze. In the case of electric underfloor heating, the control is carried out with a thermostat. The floor temperature is measured, and sometimes the air temperature in the room. With water underfloor heating, regulation is done by a central thermostat, and the amount of heat for the rooms is balanced in the distributor.

Can some type of floor covering be put over floor heating?

If the underfloor heating is properly designed, executed and regulated, any floor covering (tiles, parquet, tapestry, stone...) can be installed on it.

Does floor heating save energy?

A house with underfloor heating consumes 8 to 10 percent less energy than an identical house with radiator heating.

What are the advantages of radiators compared to advantages of floor heating?

With underfloor heating, the surface is evenly and slightly heated, unlike radiators, which must be hot in order to deliver the same amount of thermal energy to the room. Furthermore, due to low temperatures, there is no air flow and no dust is raised with underfloor heating. Radiator heating has the advantage that it is easy to introduce in a house that does not have central heating. It is also easy to increase the number of heating elements during the extension.

How much truth is there in the words that floor heating harmfully effects on health and leg veins?

These are the consequences of experiences with some poorly designed or implemented systems. The temperature of the floor in the rooms where he stays permanently is between 24 and 26 degrees Celsius (75 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit), which is a temperature at which no one's feet swell.

What are the prices of installation of floor heating?

It is true that the price of installing underfloor heating is 30% higher than conventional radiators, but underfloor heating is an investment that pays off in the long term. Because the system is more energy efficient and requires less maintenance, users will find that their bills and total system costs are much lower than conventional radiators.

Precise prices can only be determined after the project has been created.

What are the methods of installation, advantages and disadvantages?

It is an aesthetic and comfortable way of heating without the circulation of dust and dry air, more health-friendly and economical than radiator heating.

Temperatures up to 28°C (82°F)

This heating method is recommended for all types of construction because it is technologically so developed that it is possible to offer various types of underfloor heating for almost all types of substrates, while the basic mode of operation does not change. High-quality underfloor heating is managed by the so-called sliding regulation that, depending on the external temperature and room temperature, precisely controls the temperature of the supply and return lines, which makes the heating process highly automated and independent.

When it comes to the operation of underfloor heating, in contrast to radiator heating, which functions on the principle of heat convection and circular air flow, it radiates heat evenly over the entire laying surface, so we can say that the floor we walk on is one large, evenly heated radiator, where the surface temperature does not should exceed 28°C (82°F).