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Laying underfloor heating – types, costs, advantages and disadvantages

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Electric underfloor heating

Underfloor heating with hot water

Comparison between the two heating systems

Alternative heating systems – infrared heating

Advantages and disadvantages of underfloor heating

Underfloor heating costs and savings

Which floor coverings are suitable for underfloor heating – examples

Underfloor heating was previously considered an exclusive, luxurious alternative to traditional heating systems. However, the rapid development of technology today offers opportunities for people who Lay the underfloor heating want. What types of heating systems exist, what costs are involved and how you can save, what advantages and disadvantages each system has – this and more we will guess you below!

Laying underfloor heating – overview of the variants

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Underfloor heating is often preferred because of the even and pleasant warmth it spreads around the room. Mainly two variants of underfloor heating are offered – electric underfloor heating or underfloor heating with hot water. In any case, it is important to be thoroughly informed about both types and to make the right preparations before installing such a system in the house. So that the underfloor heating is effective, the good insulation of the room comes first. Of course, this applies not only to the floor, but also to the ceiling, walls and windows. In contrast to traditional heating systems with radiators, the heat is distributed regularly in the room. The underfloor heating keeps the temperature lower compared to the fireplace, for example. This saves heating costs.

Laying electric underfloor heating

Laying underfloor heating opportunities to save costs

Electric underfloor heating takes up less space compared to heating with water. It is suitable for both new and old buildings. If you want to renovate your apartment, you should observe a few basic rules when laying it. First of all, it should be ensured that the old floor covering is completely removed. Then a suitable insulation layer is laid, on top of which the electrically controlled mats are placed. The next step is crucial – the right choice of flooring plays a big role in efficiency. The materials that are well suited for underfloor heating are often marked on the packaging.

Important features of electric underfloor heating:

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+ Easy to install, also suitable for old buildings

+ Suitable floor covering – tiles retain heat for a long time, wood is rather unsuitable

+ Area of ​​application – suitable as a heater for the bathroom, kitchen, hallway or glazed balcony

– Quite expensive – more suitable as an auxiliary heating system. A thermostat can save heat and costs

– Repair work is often very difficult to carry out because the mats are located between the different floor covering layers

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Lay underfloor heating with water

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Underfloor heating with hot water works in a similar way to the electric version. Water is fed into plastic or copper pipes. It is important to have a steam boiler where the water is warmed up and then fed into the system. There are numerous options available today. Nevertheless, it is much easier to integrate underfloor heating with water in a new building than in an old one. The pipes are bigger and therefore a heating system with hot water needs a lot more space compared to the electric mats. But even here you can do that yourself  Laying underfloor heating – only a few basic rules must be observed. They should be laid in a spiral so that the pipes are as close as possible to each other. This allows regular heat taxation in the room.

Comparison between electric and hot water underfloor heating

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The choice between hot water and electric underfloor heating depends on your personal needs and should be discussed with experts and specialists in advance. Whether the underfloor heating is installed as the only heating in the house or combined with other types of heating is also a question that must be clarified in advance. In any case, if several heating systems are to be combined, each should have a separate control.

– The electric underfloor heating takes up less space compared to the water heating system

– Electric heating is well suited for smaller spaces and rooms with unusual shapes.

– The electric heater can be installed quickly – you can also lay it yourself, but an electrician has to turn on the line.

– The hot water heating must be installed by specialists who not only install the pipes, but also connect them to a steam boiler.

Alternative heating systems – infrared heating

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Infrared underfloor heating is an alternative heating system that is equally good for your health and your pocket. The principle is simple but effective – the infrared light does not warm the air, but objects – walls, floors, ceilings, people and animals. The infrared heating systems create an ambience where the floor is warmer than the ceiling. Installation is similar to electric underfloor heating, but the mats are thinner and easier to lay. Such a method is effective. The following advantages and disadvantages must be taken into account:

Advantages of heat wave heating:

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+ Reduces electricity consumption and saves heating costs.

+ In contrast to normal radiators, the air does not circulate in the room – which is good for allergy sufferers.

+ The feet and head are warmed up evenly.

+ Infrared heating is cheap compared to fireplace and other traditional heating systems.

+ The heat wave heating takes up little space

– The infrared heater must be supplied with electricity during the day and in the night. Although it is cheaper than ordinary electric underfloor heating, the cost is still higher compared to gas heating systems, for example.

Advantages and disadvantages of underfloor heating

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+ Space saving – you don’t need a radiator

+ Uniform warmth throughout the room

+ Perfect for traditional cold floors such as stone or tiles

+ Suitable for new and old buildings

+ Can partially be laid by yourself

– Increases electricity costs

– Needs some preparation and thorough renovation work on the old building

– Warms up the room more slowly

– Not all underfloor heating systems can completely replace conventional heating systems

– Is more difficult to repair

– Is an inflexible variant

Laying underfloor heating – what costs are involved

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Who one Lay the underfloor heating needs to get a detailed price offer in advance. The following factors play a role in pricing:

– what kind of building is heated. New buildings offer a certain flexibility. Standard products can be installed there. If it is an old building, the costs are usually higher – this is due to the height of the heated mats.

– Insulation and isolation – if the room is not well insulated, additional costs must be calculated.

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– How big is the floor area and which floor covering will be placed on it later. Tiles save money and conduct heat well, while wood insulates. Should you still want a wooden floor covering

Basically, electric underfloor heating costs between 40 and 100 euros. The costs can vary greatly depending on the criteria mentioned above and it is therefore advisable to get several offers. The assembly and the materials for the underfloor heating with hot water cost a little more – from 50 euros. Different criteria also play a role here – which is why we always recommend consulting with specialists.

The floor covering plays an important role here – heat-emitting floor coverings such as tiles or stone slabs can reduce running costs by over 10%. Regular maintenance work – according to the manufacturer’s specifications is a must. You save money and problems can be discovered in good time. Combinations between


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