The benefits of electric underfloor heating

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electric heating

Quick-responding system

with precise room temperature control for the highest possible energy efficiency

What is electric underfloor heating? 

Electric floor heating consists of two main elements: a heating element, which can be a thin mat or a cable; and a thermostat with temperature sensors. Electric heating mats or cables can be installed under any floor type, and are suitable for new builds, retro fits or renovations. It can be an energy-efficient heating option, especially when it uses energy generated by photovoltaic cells, or solar panels. And that’s just one way that electric underfloor heating can maximize energy efficiency. ​

Efficient use of energy for the highest comfort level

Quick warm-up time and heating schedule

Control from anywhere
Quick reaction time reduces energy waste ​
Depending on the floor construction, electric heating reaches the desired temperature quickly. For example, with tile flooring, the system heats up in 20-30 minutes due to its close proximity to the flooring.
Heating schedule​
The fast reaction time means users can schedule the heating level to match the time of day (such as setting a lower temperature during daylight hours) and according to their daily routines. ​

Electric underfloor heating benefits

Room- or zone-based heating control  

With electric underfloor heating, users can regulate the temperature in each room independently. When no one’s using a room or zone, they can switch off heating to that specific room, which saves money, prevents wasted energy and ensures the highest level of efficiency.

 

Integrated timer function


The thermostats feature an integrated timer function, which means users can switch to “low-cost electricity” mode, so they only use heating when electricity costs are low. The thermostats also react to additional heat sources, such as the sun, so they can automatically adjust the room temperature to external conditions

Fits your rhythm and reduces energy costs​

Newer thermostats even adapt to users’ habits and learn when to turn the heat on and off, so heating is only available when needed. ​

The most comfort with the least energy  ​

The combination of the heat distribution from the floor and the precise temperature control with the thermostat mean users can reduce a room’s temperature by 1-2° Celsius when compared to traditional radiator heating, without reducing the room’s comfort level. For a multi-tenant building, this would amount to a 20% reduction in total energy loss. ​

Electric underfloor heating also gives the highest possible heat efficiency, as it converts 99% of the energy the system consumes into heat

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Solar-powered heating 

​Find out how the combination of electric underfloor heating and photovoltaics met the energy efficiency requirements for an Energy plus, near-zero housing complex in Koblenz, Germany. 

Simple, low-cost installation and maintenance

Beyond the energy efficiency related benefits, electric underfloor heating offers additional advantages for single- and multi-tenant building owners. For example, builders can use lighter floor construction with electric underfloor heating. While water-based floor heating typically requires a 60-100 mm concrete layer on top of the tubes, electric heating mats are from 2.5 - 4.5 mm thick and can be placed just underneath the floor covering. ​

Since electric underfloor heating only requires two elements, the heating element and the control unit, the installation process is quicker and less complex than with other heating solutions. From a resident’s perspective, an invisible, no-noise heating system gives increased flexibility in terms of saving space (no need to plan around bulky radiators) and interior design. And electric underfloor heating gives a greater peace of mind because there’s no possibility of frost, leakage and related floor damage.   ​

The heating mat’s thickness also means it can be installed in a house renovation without destroying the existing floor. And the relatively low-level of floor thickness makes electric underfloor heating an ideal solution for multi-story buildings, where low building height is an advantage, and the size of the horizontal division makes a difference.​

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    Heating Cables

    Heating cables are used for a variety of applications, including indoor comfort floor heating and total heating both for small houses as well as large commercial buildings.
    Heating cables are mostly used in connection with new building or larger renovation projects.

     

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    Heating Mats

    The heating mats are used for installation in a thin layer of tile adhesive, self-leveling mixture, or similar. The standard minimum thickness of the floor layer is 5-8 mm while the thickness of electric heating mat is 3–4.5 mm. This minimizes the floor level increase. Electric heating mats consist of a thin cable securely fixed on self-adhesive glass-fiber mesh, usually of 50 cm width. Thin heating mats are manufactured as ready-made heating sections with a specific area (i.e. 0.5, 1, 1.5 … 12 m²) including a power supply cable (cold lead) and hermetically sealed connections.

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    Digital Thermostats

    Digital controllers have the unique features allowing you to reduce energy waste. Some thermostats are fitted with Wi-Fi allowing remote control of heating systems via mobile application.

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    Analogue Thermostats

    Analogue thermostats are electronic control units allowing setting the heating system type and adjustment of control parameters.​

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Related applications

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    Electric underfloor heating for all types of floors

    Electric heating is an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly floor heating solution. It is flexible for new build homes and renovations for both wet and dry installation.​

Case stories

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    Electric heating by DEVI provides energy-efficient heating solution for near-zero energy housing complex

    For decades, many have considered electricity to be an inefficient heating source, associating it with high energy bills and pollution. However, times are changing. Now, the combination of electric floor heating and solar panels are an energy-efficient option for homeowners. Yes, the future is indeed electric, as this case from Koblenz, Germany shows.

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    Coburg’s First Passive House, Victoria Australia

    Home By Hutt, Melbourne Design Studios, and Grand Designs Australia designed and built the first Passive Home in the humble suburb of Coburg, Melbourne. 

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    40 igloos - Aurora cabins – are located in the wintry forest. They are glass-roofed so that guests can wrap up in a blanket and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Milky Way, the North star and the Northern lights.