Underfloor heating systems: pros and cons, opinions, thickness and details on how it works. Heating with the boiler or power supply.
Underfloor heating, advantages
The underfloor heating systems, wall, skirting or ceiling, offer different advantages, first of all, the possibility of reducing the expense linked to the conditioning of the environments. Underfloor heating can save money only if well-sized and only if placed in a well-insulated building context.
Another advantage: this type of plant can work for bothheat upthat forcool downthe environments.
Among the systems oflow temperature heating, that a floor it is among the most popular.
Because yessavewithunderfloor heating systems, wall or ceiling?
Making a comparison with other water heating systems (the classic radiators), it is known that the temperature of the liquid circulating to heat the radiators is around 65-70 ° C while withradiant heating systemsa temperature of 29 ° C is enough.
Who wantssave on heatingcan assume this type of system, it works at lower temperatures than those required by traditional radiators, moreover from a point of view ofcomfort, the heat rising from the floor is optimal.
In the physiological ideal, in fact, the lower limbs should be warmer than the head and the heat coming from below makes this condition verifiable.
Theunderfloor heating systemsthey uniform the temperature in the rooms and optimize the flows.
Underfloor heating, disadvantages
On the other hand, it can be said that it is not always easyinstall a floor heating system, there may also be a problem with the furniture: too bulky furniture components could hinder the passage of heat.
Aunderfloor heating systemit also imposes certain choices in the type of floor, in this regard we advise you to read our in-depth study dedicated to Radiant floor panels.
Another limiting factor in the use of aunderfloor heating systemlies in the thickness occupied by the entire system, the thickness of the radiant panels, in itself, is small, but layers of insulation must be added to this for a total thickness that can range from 3 to 15 cm.
The situation is different if theunderfloor heating is electric. Electric underfloor heating systems do not take up much space because they do not require pipes but only coils.
Amongdisadvantagesmore considerable we point out the installation. Who intends install underfloor heating in the bathroomwill have to take into account having toupset the plumbing systembecause the drain and sanitary water supply pipes must be moved to the walls, in order to allow the radiant floor system to be installed under the entire surface of the floor.
Theunderfloor heatingit is not suitable in the bathroom. Radiant panels, in fact, cannot be installed under the sanitary ware, under the shower box or the bathtub, for this reason it is not recommended in the case of small bathrooms but it is useful and efficient only in large bathrooms.
Other types of radiant panels for home heating
Radiant ceiling, floor or baseboard panels can be a good alternative to classic systems.
Six radiant floor panels they are often employed for the heating of rooms, those on the ceiling are more popular for cooling systems.
The radiant ceiling panels, together with the underfloor heating systems and the radiant wall panels, are able to generate comfort without jets of air.
The uniform distribution of heat and cold transmitted by the ceiling, walls or floor, ensures a homogeneous distribution of the temperature inside a home; without the annoying presence of air jets or noises typical of systems with fans.
They offer low running costs and are also suitable for allergy sufferers. Other advantages include the fact that no technical maintenance is required.
The installation of these systems is ideal in case of renovations, while to integrate a radiant heating system in a pre-existing home, it is advisable to evaluate a baseboard heating system.
Electric underfloor heating system
With the electric underfloor heating conductive elements are used that work with electricity so no water system is required. Electric underfloor heating systems are easier to install but are not free from disadvantages. In this context, we invite you to deepen the topic by reading the dedicated articleElectric underfloor heating.
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