With much of the UK housebound for a large portion of 2020, it is clear why home comforts have made their way to the forefront of people’s minds recently. Whether this means redoing the bathroom for a more spa-like experience, or spending some time in the garden to clear your head and plant some flowers, now is the perfect time to make some positive changes to your home environment.
A popular choice, and one which is particularly beneficial during the colder months of the year, is adding underfloor and surface heating to a specific room or even the whole of your house.
To help you decide the best solution for you and your project, Schlüter-Systems have put together a brief overview of the two system technologies available and the different benefits and features involved in each.
Why use electric?
Electric systems are ideal for providing additional comfort in specific areas or rooms. There are a couple of reasons why electric systems are best used in this way, namely the cost of electricity and the characteristics of the heating experience. An electric system is designed to raise the temperature of the surface rather than the room, so is an enhancement to as opposed to a replacement for a primary heat source. They are generally cheap to install, quick to warm up and easy to retrofit.
Consider this: Schlüter®-DITRA-HEAT-E is the perfect integrated electric solution for the heating and protection of tile and stone coverings. The uncoupling matting prevents cracks in the finished installation and eliminates the need for self-levelling, and its unique studded design means that the cable is easily pressed into place with no need for tape or glue.
The system can be specified with standard DITRA-HEAT or with DITRA-HEAT-DUO matting. The latter offers an integrated thermal break which brings 80% more heat to the surface as well as impact sound reduction of up to 13dB.
Why use hydronic?
Hydronic (or ‘wet’) systems are ideal for large scale coverage and ‘whole-house’ scenarios. Designed to heat the air within a room as well as the surface covering, they are a primary heat source and can therefore replace radiators, connecting directly to a boiler. Although installation is more expensive than with an electric system, running costs are cheaper so it will work out more cost-effective in the long term. Hydronic systems can be powered by different fuel sources, including ground source heat pumps, and as well as warming a space can also be used for gentle passive cooling.
Consider this: Schlüter®-BEKOTEC-THERM is the patented hydronic underfloor heating solution with an ultra-low construction height. A required screed height of just 8mm above the studs of the panels results in quicker warm-up times as well as considerable material and weight savings in comparison to other wet systems. A building can also be put into use more rapidly as there is no need to wait weeks for the screed to cure before tiles are installed.
BEKOTEC-THERM can be configured to work with Building Management Systems (BMS) and a number of variants suitable for retrofitting are available.
All Schlüter’s products are designed to work together—you can use DITRA-HEAT-E in partnership with BEKOTEC-THERM, to further elevate the underfloor heating experience.
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