Underfloor heating is a heating system incorporated into the floor of the house. It is suitable for any type of flooring: tiles, parquet, natural stone, terracotta or marble. When choosing an underlayment, first check the thermal resistance of the floor covering you have chosen. Underfloor heating is hidden under the floor. Its heating level is between 25° C and 35° C. It does not need to be installed on roofs or walls. The heat is distributed evenly throughout the house and the entire floor. You can adjust the temperature to suit your needs.
How to increase the efficiency of floor heating?
Choosing the right underlayment for an efficient use of floor heating and to have more energy savings. The choice of a floor and the type of floor have an impact on the efficiency of the underfloor heating system. To avoid downward heat loss, install the heating pipes that are embedded in the screed on an insulating underlay. Half the heat would be lost without this barrier.
On the other hand, the screed and the floor provide a barrier to the spread of heat in the room. If the ability of the materials that make up the floor and screed to conduct heat is high, the amount of heat generated by the boiler stored under the floor will be minimal without being used to heat the room. If you want to install tiles, parquet or other materials for efficient floor heating, you must consider the insulation and control system.
Good floor and ceiling insulation
To increase the efficiency achieved by a floor heating system, you should also think about insulation. If the floor is poorly insulated, there is a risk of heat loss. The heat absorbed by other materials can reduce the temperature in the room. Think about doing a good floor insulation. The most commonly used materials suitable for underfloor heating are expanded polystyrene and extruded polystyrene panels. Their low thermal conductivity is suitable for underfloor heating systems. You can also use rock wool, polyurethane insulation boards and thin insulation.
In addition to insulating the floor, you should also think about insulating the roof, walls and windows so that the heat loss is the minimum possible. You should know that 30% of heat can be lost through the floor or the roof. To avoid heat loss and increase the efficiency of the underfloor heating system, you should insulate the attic, put double glazing on the windows with thermal insulation. In addition, use an underlayment that maintains heat resistance up to a specified tolerance. An appropriate underlayment reduces the risk of joints opening during the heating period.
Use a good control system for energy efficiency
To achieve energy efficiency on floor heating, turn on the system only when necessary. Many thermostats that can be controlled remotely by smartphones, computers and tablets are available on the market. There are thermostats that are compatible with floor heating. You can save energy according to your lifestyle.
You can program your heating system to turn on according to your activities without needing to worry about it. You can also change the program, if you need. This feature is very interesting, you can turn off your heating system remotely and save energy. You can use this function anywhere with an internet connection.