Electric underfloor heating in the bathroom
Underfloor heating in the bathroom through the use of electricity is a fairly popular method. It is used much more often compared to the water. One of its nuances:
Electric floor heating for heating in the bathroom is best used in small rooms, the area of which ranges from 5 to 20 square meters. In this case, it will function as efficiently as possible
You’ll ask a quite logical question, why is it so popular?? Surely the electric floor heating (for the bathroom) has a large number of advantages? It really is. Here are just the main ones:
Relatively simple installation of electric underfloor heating in the bathroom with your own hands
Not only an experienced specialist with a long experience in the field of heating systems can cope with it, but also a novice user without any knowledge. You just need to carefully read the installation manual and concentrate. After all, a serious approach is the key to a successful installation;
You do not need to worry and worry that the electric floor heating in the bathroom works from 220 V. The whole construction is arranged in such a way that even splashing liquids on the surface won’t harm the product. And the more so that reputable manufacturers of underfloor heating such as HEAT PLUS, ThermoGreen, etc.д., they always do pre-inspection for compliance. If a defect is found, it is a priori not allowed to assortment and is not used as heating in customers’ bathrooms;
This avoids serious differences in the height of the flooring in the room. Because minor differences (for example, from 1 centimeter per square meter or more) can lead to irregularities and substandard operation of bathroom heating. This is true not only for heating mats, but also for electric cable floor heating in the bathroom, which is placed under the concrete screed and also does not affect the height in the room;
The opinion that only people with high social status and good earnings can afford electric underfloor heating in the bathroom is only a stereotype. In fact, the energy bills will increase, although only slightly. But to be fair, it is worth noting that in this factor, cable floors are inferior to their counterpart that uses infrared radiation (infrared floor heating in the bathroom)
Also separately it is necessary to say about the effectiveness of the method. With electric underfloor heating you can not doubt a comfortable stay in the bathroom. The flooring will always have a sufficient temperature, and the air is heated to the appropriate level
Water heated flooring in the bathroom
If the electric floor heating and infrared film have quite a few common properties, the water variety strongly stands out against their background. It has a large number of features and nuances.
Why is this method less popular compared to its counterparts? Firstly, it is quite problematic installation. Many people simply do not know how to make a water heated floor for heating in the bathroom. You will need to connect the entire structure to the central heating or a separate flowing water heater. It’s already complicated enough.
If you do decide to choose a water heated floor for heating in the bathroom, the first thing you will need is a pipe. It can be of different diameters and shapes. Everything depends on the parameters of the room.
Through this pipe will flow hot water. Initially, the process seems simple and straightforward, but in fact you need to connect it to a liquid source. This is difficult and can cause considerable problems for the novice.
It is because of this kind of problem that the vast majority prefer to turn to highly qualified professionals. You end up spending your finances not only to pay for the operation of underfloor heating in the bathroom, but also for its installation.
While the electric and infrared varieties can be easily installed with your own hands.
When laying the infrared film directly into the ground is recommended to use a cushion of sand.
Photo #2. Water or electric underfloor heating?
Secondly, it is also not ruled out the possibility of leaking pipes. This further increases the waste of not only money, but also time.
Thirdly, the water floor heating in the bathroom and not only require seasonal maintenance. During operation various problems may arise associated with depressurization of the system and pressure drop, leakage of control valves, distribution manifold, etc.д. Even though the manufacturers of underfloor heating systems give a good warranty for their products, you can’t be completely sure of the total cost of ownership.
Another thing is an electric infrared underfloor heating in the bathroom. Installed once, the owner of this device free of operating costs for at least 15 years
But despite the nuances described above, water heated floor heating in the bathroom is not deprived of a number of advantages. Among them are:
|01||High degree of energy saving. The device consumes few resources. Much less compared to electric underfloor heating in the bathroom. Only a product based on infrared radiation can become a competitor for it;|
|02||Absolute harmlessness, as there are no electromagnetic fields;|
|03||Comfort. Most people consider water underfloor heating for bathroom heating to be the most pleasant option. This is due to the peculiarities of its design. (high thermal inertia of cement screed).|
As you can see, the water variety has both a large number of advantages and certain disadvantages. Whether or not to choose it as a floor heating is entirely up to you
If you are willing to spend a little more than usual for the sake of maximum comfort and good heating in the bathroom, and also have the time and technical ability to install such a unit, then this option will suit you perfectly.
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Is it necessary to have underfloor heating in the bathroom??
When carrying out repair work in an apartment often the question arises: “Do I need a warm floor in the bathroom??”. Naturally this is not a place where a lot of time is spent, but where it is much more pleasant to step on a warm floor than on a cold tile.
It also may seem that a water or electric towel warmer is enough to warm the bathroom and dry towels and small clothes. There is no sense to spend money on an additional system, but on the other hand this type of heating will not be superfluous. However, towel rails tend to warm the air on the sides and above, while the floor remains cold.
The system initially heats the surface of the flooring, and then gives the heat to the room. It can be used as the main source of heat and as an additional. Thus, why do you need a warm floor in the bathroom?? It is used to maintain an optimal temperature regime in it and for a comfortable environment.
Is there a need for underfloor heating in the bathroom??
The bathroom is the place a person visits every day. We want to create the most comfortable environment here. That’s why many people wonder whether they need underfloor heating in the bathroom? This technology is relatively new, but has already enjoyed great popularity. Its essence is to maintain an optimal level of humidity and temperature.
If there are small children in the house or apartment, this flooring is the right solution. The child wears slippers without much pleasure, they often take off their socks. Babies are constantly moving and can always go into the bathroom. If the floor turns out to be warm, you don’t have to worry about your child catching a cold. Parents will not have to worry about their kids.
Peculiarities of installation of underfloor heating in the bathroom
As practice shows, most often customers prefer to install underfloor heating in the bathroom. How does the installation of underfloor heating in the bathroom? What you need to know to make it work properly and efficiently and enjoy warmth for many years?
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Let’s answer the most common questions about installation and its most popular variant. Cable floor heating in the bathroom.
The most frequently asked questions are:
- Where and how to install the thermostat?
- Can the same thermostat be used for underfloor heating in the bathroom and toilet??
- The actual laying area. what kind of furniture can or can’t be laid under?
- What kind of spacing to do when laying?
- When you can install underfloor heating under the bathtub?
- What kind of insulating material is recommended?
Read the instructions for the underfloor heating carefully before installing it. In most cases, it contains detailed, well-illustrated step-by-step instructions that allow you to install the system with your own hands.
Where to install the thermostat
Before installing underfloor heating, the first thing to do is to choose a place to place the thermostat. An absolute majority of thermostats are not recommended for installation in the bathroom, as their protection class (IP 21) does not guarantee long-term operation in wet areas. Therefore the priority place for it is a corridor or other dry room. The underfloor heating sensor that reads the surface temperature is located in the bathroom.
Once the place for the thermostat is chosen, a hole is made in the wall at the level of its intended installation. A corrugated tube is led out into it, into which a temperature sensor will subsequently be installed.
When installing the corrugated tube, it is necessary to observe the recommended bending radius of the tube with the floor level of at least 5 cm. It is also desirable that the tube has no more than one bend. This is necessary so that if the sensor fails, it can be replaced without opening the tile.
To prevent cement mortar or water from getting into the tube, its end is closed with a plug.
How many thermostats to use
Often when you buy both bathroom and toilet underfloor heating the following question arises: “Is it possible to connect the underfloor heating in the bathroom and toilet with one thermostat??”.
You can, but it is not recommended. Especially if the rooms have different temperature regimes, since the sensor only reads the temperature from one room. Depending on where the sensor is located, the floor temperature for the other room may be either too high or too low.
If the temperatures in the bathroom and toilet are about the same, you can connect the two systems to the same thermostat. The temperature sensor should be placed in the room with the highest heat loss and the lowest floor surface temperature, and a pyrometer is used to determine the floor temperature.
It’s important to note that if you have one thermostat for two rooms, you can’t turn off each floor heating separately. Also, you can not separately regulate the temperature in the bathroom and toilet, which itself is inconvenient and not profitable in terms of saving energy consumption.
The actual laying area of underfloor heating
The next thing to pay attention to when installing. is the actual laying area.
Underfloor heating must not be installed under furniture without feet. In addition, they are laid taking into account certain distances: not less than 10 cm from the walls and stationary furniture and not less than 30 cm from the batteries and other heating equipment. Otherwise, the cable can overheat and fail.
Floor heating under the bathtub
Under-floor heating can only be installed when the bathtub is standing on its feet, and there is no tiled apron or decorative screen between it and the floor. When installing under an apron or a screen, there is a real chance of overheating the cable at the junction of the bottom tile of the apron and the floor.
The actual floor heating installation area
When installing underfloor heating it is important to consider the actual installation area. Under furniture sets without feet, heating systems are never placed. From stationary furniture and load-bearing walls must be at least 10 centimeters, and from the batteries and any other heating equipment. at least 30 cm. Ignoring the indentation can negatively affect the operation of the system, provoking overheating of the main cable and even disabling all the equipment.
Underfloor heating in the bathroom: which is better?
Make a decision about installing a warm floor, as well as decide on the type of system is necessary even before the start of repair in the bathroom. After all, all the elements of the floor heating are laid in the screed. There are two types of heating floors: electrical and water. Consider the advantages and disadvantages of each of them.
Water underfloor heating this heating system, the main parts of which are:
- the pipes through which the hot water flows;
- Collector node, which is responsible for the distribution of water;
- an electric pump pumping water into the pipes;
- Manometer, which controls the water pressure in the system;
- expansion tank, where the excess pressure is discharged;
- heating boiler.
For better understanding, let’s depict the simplest scheme of the water floor on the picture.
Why don’t they make such a floor in the apartments of multi-storey apartments?? It all makes sense. When there is central heating, why spend extra money on the device additional. Sometimes the following question is also asked. Is it possible to make a warm floor from the central heating? And the costs will be much less, and heating the floor in the bathroom will appear additional. The arguments, of course, convincing, but carrying out such work in residential, apartment buildings is prohibited. This is due to the fact that water floors will reduce the temperature of the water in the system of the whole house, which will affect the comfort of all tenants.
Such floors will be an ideal solution for heating private houses and cottages, where there is no central heating. In this case, the floors are heated not only in bathrooms and toilets, but throughout the house. In fact, there is no need to install radiators for heating on the first floor of the house. If the house has more than 1 floor, then the next floors can be heated with radiators.
Technology of installation of water underfloor heating
In most cases, installation of the floor consists of two processes:
Both processes are best left to qualified professionals. In parallel with the installation of the heating boiler, expansion tank, pressure gauge, collectors, you can conduct the installation of the floor structure and pipe layout. When all the equipment is installed, and the pipe is laid on the underlying layers (thermal insulation layer and reinforcement mesh), check the system with the water supply. If everything works properly, all the pipes are intact, the screed is poured. See below for a diagram of how to install the floor structure.
Underfloor heating in the bathroom. Selection and peculiarities of installation
From the article you will learn about the types and advantages of underfloor heating for the bathroom, as well as thermoregulators for additional energy savings and heating devices needed to create comfort and coziness in the bathroom.
After a bath the body is especially sensitive to cold and the slightest draughts. To get rid of discomfort and overcooling helps electric floor heating, which evenly distributes heat around the room.
The second strong argument for installing underfloor heating is the reduction of humidity and, as a consequence, the exclusion of fungus. Also the floor heating system does not limit your choice of design and bathroom interior, since it is mounted under the floor covering.
For quick heating of the bathroom with the area of 4-7 m2 a floor heating with the power of 150-180 W/m2 is used. Electric heating system for the bathroom with tile flooring or porcelain tiles is divided into the following types: heating cable, heating mat and rod floor heating.
Installing a film floor heating in the bathroom under the tiles and porcelain tiles is strongly NOT recommended, as this heating system is NOT designed to work in an alkaline environment, which is formed when installing into the screed, screed or tile adhesive.
Heating cables are the ideal solution for under-floor heating during renovation projects. Such heating floor is suitable for any floor covering, but requires a thick cement-sand screed during installation (3-5 cm). As a heating system for the bathroom the following models of heating cable are used: Thermocable SVK-20, Deviflex 18T.
In cases where saving on room height is important, you should install a heating mat. Such heating floor is developed specially for tiles and porcelain tiles and mounted into the layer of tile glue of thickness 1-1,5 cm. Heating mats THERMO TVK-180, IQWATT, Warmstad WSS and a floor heating on the self-adhesive grid DEVI DTIF-150 are recommended for heating bathrooms. information about installation of heating mats in the following
The third type of heating system suitable for the bathroom is the UNIMAT infrared stick floor heating, which can be installed under any floor covering and reduces power consumption by up to 60% compared to its cable counterparts. Thanks to infrared heat, underfloor heating has a positive effect on human health and the immune system. For bathroom heating we recommend the UNIMAT Boost electric underfloor heating with a higher output. Solid core heating is laid under tile adhesive or a thin layer of screed (1-1.5 cm).
The thermostat allows you to maintain the desired temperature of the electric floor heating, set the time of switching on and off and reduce energy costs. To get acquainted with the model range and for thermostats, please refer to the catalog.
Another problem that can occur in the bathroom is misting over mirrors. A special electrical heating mat DEVI DSVF-140/150 helps to solve this problem by heating the mirror surface. The heating mat is established on the wall behind a glass which makes the heating system invisible to eyes. In addition, the energy consumption of the thermo-mat does not exceed that of a 60V light bulb.
Another indispensable element of every bathroom is a towel dryer. In our store network you can find not only a wide range of floor heating systems but also the external heaters. towel rails. These devices are divided into two kinds: electric and water. Variety of shapes and design towel rails suits any interior and bathroom area.
The most popular and reliable are DEVI heated towel rails, which are designed in stainless steel and have a polished surface, excluding snags. To get acquainted with the model line and to order a towel dryer you can in the following section.
Thus you can create absolute comfort and coziness in your bathroom with the help of the “warm floor” systems, thermoregulators as well as with the help of towel dryers. If you are interested in the choice and calculation of underfloor heating, with the following article.
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Toilet floor heating
Oddly enough, underfloor heating in bathrooms and toilets is installed far more often than any other room. And it makes practical sense. The most common flooring in the bathroom is convenient and easy to use ceramic tiles. Tile could be the perfect flooring if it weren’t so cold. With floor heating systems you can treat comfort zones to pleasant warmth and eliminate problems with cold floors in the toilet.
The benefits of underfloor heating in the toilet:
• Hygiene. An underfloor heating system near the toilet quickly dries water splashes and stays warm and dry.
• Safety. You can’t slip on a dry floor, unlike on a wet ceramic one. Even if you leave a rag or towel on the floor, it will dry instantly.
• Saving. The high level of thermal conductivity of ceramic tiles does not require high-power heating elements and consumes minimal energy heating the entire room.
What you need to know before installing heated flooring
• Health. Your kids will stop getting sick in the off-season, because their feet will always be warm. And visiting comfort zones will become their favorite activity.
• Beauty and comfort. Forget all the mats, warm socks, and wet rags in the bathroom and toilet. From now on, the floor there will be warmer than the sand on a southern beach.
Underfloor heating in front of the bathroom will save you from winter drafts, it will always be warm and dry.
Tips for installing underfloor heating in the toilet and bathroom
Achieve constant heat in these areas can be achieved without significant rearrangements and long repairs. Modern underfloor heating or heating mats are placed directly under the tile without a screed and have temperature controllers, where you can always set the optimum floor temperature. A floor in a standard bathroom needs only 140-200 watts of power per m2 for heating and drying. You may need a slightly lower wattage for underfloor heating in the bathroom.
It is not recommended to do warm floors in the toilet in the screed, as the floor level here should be lower than in other rooms in the apartment or house. Such a dispersion of heights will help avoid water spills all over the house in case of flooding. The best option heating mats, which are installed without coupler under the tile adhesive.
Heated bathroom floor – Pros and Cons
So, the electric floor heating in the form of a mat is laid on the concrete surface. Then a layer of tile adhesive is applied to the mat, on which the new tiles are placed. With this technology the height of the floor in the toilet remains at the same level, and the new floor in a few days will delight you with its dryness and warmth. If the floor level allows you to lay a warm floor on top of the old tiles. Experienced owners say that it turns out even warmer. The only downside is the loss of a couple of centimeters of height.