October 25, 2023

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Underfloor heating: the most effective and sustainable heating

Energy efficiency, an invisible system and the even distribution of heat are just a few of the advantages of underfloor heating.

One of the most pleasant sensations in winter is to come home and find a warm and welcoming temperature, immediately insulating yourself from the cold outside.
In this post we explain the main keys and advantages of installing underfloor heating to combat low temperatures in your home.

If you have any questions about underfloor heating, here at Porcelanosa, with the help of Butech, we will answer all your questions. To do this, we want to explain to you that underfloor heating can be installed through pipes or electrical cables under the floor of a property or building. This way, heat is distributed evenly throughout the space.

Table of Contents
Advantages of underfloor heating
Types of underfloor heating
Environmental impact of underfloor heating
Electric underfloor heating in houses
Underfloor heating in commercial spaces
Butech electric underfloor heating
FAQs

Advantages of underfloor heating

Compared to traditional heating methods, such as radiators or hot air ducts, underfloor heating offers a number of notable advantages:

  • Uniform distribution of heat. The underfloor heating distributes heat evenly throughout the room. Similarly, it eliminates the hot and cold points characteristic of other heating systems.
  • Energy efficiency. This system is more efficient in terms of energy, which translates into significant economic savings.
  • Saves space. The installation of underfloor heating gains in terms of space, design and safety. In this video you can see how underfloor heating is installed. This will give you an idea of the process and the end result.
  • Silence. Unlike some heating systems, underfloor heating works silently. The absence of noise increases the sensation of comfort.
  • Thermal comfort. As the heat is drawn from the floor, it is concentrated in the lower part of the room. And therefore, it makes it easier for it not to get lost in the highest part. This ensures a pleasant room temperature for longer and avoids cold air currents.

Types of underfloor heating

There are two types of underfloor heating. Each has specific characteristics that make them suitable for certain projects. In any case, underfloor heating is an attractive option for heating residential and commercial spaces. In both mechanisms, users can switch the system on or off using a touch screen, and also select the desired temperature.

Hydronic underfloor heating: incorporates a system of water pipes under the floor that heat the floor which in turn emits warmth.

Electric underfloor heating: an electrical circuit that uses heating resistors to transform energy into heat. The installation is simpler than that of other radiant systems. It doesn't require any maintenance. Unlike the other system, this type is used in refurbishment work.

Environmental impact of underfloor heating

Underfloor heating has a positive impact on energy efficiency and the environment. This innovative and hidden system requires less energy than conventional systems. This is due to the uniform distribution of heat and the ability to operate at lower temperatures in indoor spaces. As a result, the carbon emissions and footprint of a building are reduced.

In addition, underfloor heating systems are an environmentally friendly option thanks to their compatibility with renewable energy sources. Using solar or geothermal energy for underfloor heating reduces the dependence on fossil fuels. This helps to achieve a more sustainable energy transition.

Electric underfloor heating in houses

Underfloor heating is an efficient and comfortable solution for heating various rooms in the house.

- Bedroom. An underfloor heating system creates a sense of warmth and comfort when you wake up. On winter mornings, you can avoid walking on the cold floor when you get out of bed.

- Lounge. It provides a silent and discreet heat source, eliminating the need for radiators that take up space.

- Bathroom. Its mechanism offers a pleasant sensation when you get out of the shower. Floors with underfloor heating systems dry naturally and faster than surfaces without heating.

- Kitchen. Keeps your feet warm and also reduces the likelihood of spills and moisture.

Underfloor heating in commercial spaces

Underfloor heating is also an excellent solution for commercial and public spaces. This system offers numerous advantages in environments with high footfall.

In shopping spaces, such as shops and restaurants, this type of heating allows you to maintain a pleasant temperature, saving space. This creates a more comfortable environment for customers and employees, promoting longer and more satisfactory stays. In addition, the absence of physical elements such as radiators allows more flexibility for arranging the furniture.

In public buildings, such as hospitals or educational centres, underfloor heating reduces the risk of accidents. At the same time, it helps to maintain an even temperature throughout the space. This is essential for the well-being and comfort of patients and students.

Butech electric underfloor heating

The PORCELANOSA Group engineering firm offers the electric underfloor heating method. This allows independent and fully customised temperature control in each room. Butech's underfloor heating system consists of two elements:

1- 10GM Thermostat It has an ultra-thin design integrated into the wall (16 mm). The heating is automatically adjusted via a mobile app, which translates into economic and energy savings. Plus, you can look at charts to monitor your energy costs.

2- Underfloor heating mesh. With 150 W/m². The mesh is ultra-thin (1.8 mm), featuring double insulation to make it exceptionally resistant.


FAQ’s

The heat from an underfloor heating system warms the objects in the room, not the air. The lower air temperature means that less heat is lost. Therefore, less energy is needed to maintain comfortable levels.

This system works without any moving elements, radiators or boilers with a presence of flames. Electric underfloor heating does not have high temperatures that could burn surfaces, or hard edges to knock against. On the other hand, traditional radiators have these disadvantages.

Yes. These systems are designed to be easily and safely installed under floor tiles in contact with water. Once installed, the heating cable is completely covered and protected by the floor.

No. Butech systems are designed with heating cables with a thickness of just 1.8 mm. This way, they remain inside the adhesive layer used to install the tiles, without affecting the height of the floor.

Butech's underfloor heating can be used under any Porcelanosa interior flooring. All you need to know is the measurement of the floor space.

With doubts resolved, it is clear that underfloor heating is a heating system that combines efficiency, comfort and respect for the environment. It is also an attractive option for those who want a more effective and sustainable way of making spaces warmer and more welcoming.

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