Underfloor heating is the heating system par excellence. It provides a smooth and pleasant heat and it is energetically efficient. It is aesthetically friendly as it is totally invisible, leaving the walls free to furnish and decorate each room without any limitation.
It is suitable for both new construction and renovation. It is widely used in renovation thanks to its easy installation with a total thickness between 1 and 2 cm and possible on existing floor. Its direct connection to electricity in each room allows a partial house renovation with a limited budget (no needs of any type of boiler, neither any pipes installation).
MAIN HEATING SYSTEM OR AUXILIARY TEMPERED FLOOR
Two different way of using underfloor heating should be distinguished, main heating system and auxiliary tempered floor.
As the main heating system (in most of the cases), the electric underfloor heating is intended to heat up the room at the requested temperature. The regulation system takes as a reference (set-up temperature) the ambient temperature and uses the floor temperature as a limitation to prevent the floor from reaching undesired temperature. The installed surface depends on the total output needed, but surface output is normally adjusted to cover the whole available surface of the room.
As an auxiliary tempered floor, the electric underfloor heating is intended to provide a pleasant floor temperature during users’ presence. The regulation system takes as a reference the floor temperature but doesn’t control the air temperature. It might be necessary in this case a main heating system (heating panels, radiators …) to maintain the room at the requested temperature. This system can be installed in some desired area (in front of the shower or bath tub only for example).