Electric floor heating – advantages and disadvantages

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Underfloor heating is a modern trend whose growing popularity is due to the numerous advantages of such a solution. It is worth knowing that the so-called floor heating is divided into three types, depending on the heat reference, which can be water, air or electricity. Let’s take a closer look at the latter.

How does electric floor heating work?

Underfloor heating is responsible for transferring heat to the room through the floor. It takes a special installation for this. In the case of electric underfloor heating, such a system usually consists of wires made of a material with a specially selected electrical resistance, which heats up under the influence of the flowing current. The amount of heat generated depends on its intensity, so you can set the temperature according to your needs. However, the decision to use wires should be made at the design stage of the house, which should be adjusted accordingly. An alternative solution is heating mats, which can be laid even on the old floor, directly under the new layer of panels, tiles or parquet. Installation of the mat is very simple. You just need to lay the finished pieces side by side, without worrying about the correct density of the wires, since they are already laid at the right distances.

Advantages of electric flooring

Electric underfloor heating is distinguished by far the greatest comfort of use. Its operation practically comes down to setting the desired temperature using a special controller or smartphone app. It is also possible to program any cycle so that the apartment or house heats up before the return of the household members. The time it takes to reach a specific temperature is much shorter compared to water floor or traditional heating systems. When comparing electric underfloor heating with the latter, it is necessary to mention the greater aesthetics, since all the components are hidden under the floor, as well as the even heating of the rooms. These two advantages are also possessed by other underfloor heaters, but it should be remembered that electric involves the least expensive and almost non-invasive installation.

Disadvantages of electric floor installation

Unfortunately, no solution is without downsides. In the case of electric underfloor heating, these include the relatively high cost of operation, associated with electricity prices. Therefore, such installations are best suited for energy-efficient homes that derive electricity partially or exclusively from their own sources, such as photovoltaic panels. Another disadvantage is the need to ensure appropriate conditions in the rooms – the floor must not be covered with a rug or carpet, moreover, larger furniture without feet should not stand on it. Electric flooring also creates some restrictions on the choice of flooring, which must not retain too much heat. Before buying panels or tiles, make sure that the product is suitable for combination with electric floor heating. The relevant information should be on the package.


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