Floor heating has been known and loved by many for a very long time now. Even ancient Romans liked this simple comfort and used circulating warm water under their marble floors in order to have warm floors. Nowadays the electrical floor heating solutions provided by DEVI are not only comfortable but also energy-efficient with a huge focus on environmental friendliness.
However, we often hear a lot of myths about floor heating, and many of them concern installation. Let’s dispel the most common six myths about electrical heating installation.
Myth 1: Electrical floor heating is complicated to install.
Not true. Heating mats are a solution which can easily be mounted whether it is on new or old sub-floors. The installation time will be the same, regardless of the type of flooring under which the system is installed.
Also, the heating cables offered by DEVI are also easy to install especially when the new designed DEVI Turntable is used. Installers proved that using the DEVI Turntable makes the installation of the DEVIflex or DEVIsafe cables much faster and easier.
Myth 2: Floor heating can only be used in bathrooms
Wrong! Electric floor heating can be used in all types of rooms such as bedrooms, kitchens and hallways. Nowadays, thanks to the modern thermostats (such as the DEVIreg Touch), floor heating is often used as a reliable and energy efficient solution of choice for all types of buildings (including the low-energy houses).
You can easily install electrical floor heating in newly built houses as well as existing ones during renovation. The DEVI floor heating is often preferred and installed in residential, apartment blocks, renovated buildings and public buildings.
Myth 3: Electric floor heating can only be installed under terracotta
Wrong again. Floor heating can be installed under lots of different types of flooring. DEVI electrical heating solutions do not take up any space, which gives an opportunity to design a space in each room as you please. You can install the DEVImats under any wooden floors, concrete floors, or even laminate floors.
Myth 4: A fault means that you have to rip up the whole floor
Not quite. The DEVI heating cables have a very long life time; they come with a 20 year warranty. But in case of any misfortune there is no need to rip up the whole floor. The problem can be pinpointed to a few centimeters of accuracy, so that only one or two tiles (for example) has to be removed to make a repair possible.
Nevertheless if this needs to be done, in a case of rare fault, the DEVI warranty of 20 years covers full floor repair.
Myth 5: Using electrical heating is the most environmental unfriendly way of heating
Not true. An electrically heated house with electric floor heating and solar cells fulfills the requirements of the EU Building Performance Directive. The electrical house is cost competitive since it needs no other energy sources apart from electricity and fresh water.
This is why nowadays electric heating is the solution of choice for low-energy houses. Regarding the fact that the EU expects that 65% of electricity production will come from solar cells, wind and nuclear energy in 2020, electrical heating is clearly the preferable choice. Improving the energy performance of buildings is a particularly critical step in reducing the EU’s carbon footprint.
Myth 6: Using electrical heating for outdoor heating is a high cost solution
Not really. For example, the DEVI outdoor heating systems are equipped with energy-efficient and cost reducing, advanced intelligent thermostats that automatically regulate the system based on the actual temperature and humidity conditions. In cold but dry weather, the system remains inactive, saving energy and costs. When the weather is cold and wet, the system is automatically activated, quickly melting snow and preventing the build-up of ice. Nevertheless, you always have the option to manually control the system via the thermostat.
An outdoor heating system from DEVI is quick to install, easy to control and inexpensive to operate. The desired snow and ice prevention effect can be fully achieved by installing cables only in those areas that are most susceptible to major build-ups of snow and ice, for example where buildings meet each other, around exposed downpipes or at points where the most melt water is channeled.
This article was originally posted by DEVI via their website – some over here and others here. You can purchase DEVI underfloor heating from Sparks Electrical Wholesalers either via our showroom in North London or online at the Underfloor Heating systems section.