Heat rises from the ground

This article covers the topic F like floor heating.

The floor temperature control quickly ensures warm floors. It supports conventional heating in a room, but usually cannot completely cover the heating load. This can be implemented with a wide variety of systems that bring heat into the room either via the heating water or electrical heating mats. Temperature control is often cheaper and easier to install than full floor heating.

Floor temperature control simply explained

Temperature control systems are a kind of additional heating that uses the floor of a room as a heating surface. Their task is to provide heat quickly and usually only for a short time. Alternatively, temperature control can also only supply the room with a reduced heat output. If the temperature requirements increase during periods of use, conventional radiators, for example, have a supportive effect. In this way, the floor heating system consumes less energy and ensures that the surface temperature of floors that are otherwise cold to the feet increases to a comfortable level.

Different systems are available

Anyone interested in floor heating can choose from a variety of systems today. While some work like conventional water-bearing underfloor heating, others work on the basis of electrical energy.

Water-bearing systems for floor temperature control

Underfloor or surface heating conducts heating water through pipes in the floor structure. The heat transfer medium gives off thermal energy to the floor and transforms it into a heating surface. There are various wet and dry construction systems to choose from. The biggest difference: while conventional underfloor heating has its own heating circuit (separate outlet from the distributor with pump, fittings and accessories), temperature control systems can be easily integrated into the radiator circuit. This is possible with a return temperature limiter. The valve sits in the return of the surface heating. It works thermostatically and blocks the flow of heating water if the temperature of the heat transfer medium is too high. In this way, less heat is given off to the affected areas and the floor temperature remains within the permissible range.

Electrical systems for temperature control of the floors

Electric underfloor heating consists of slim heating mats that can be laid directly under the floor covering. The elements convert electrical energy into heat and transfer it to the ground. The surface temperature rises and the temperatures in the affected rooms climb upwards. Electrical systems for floor heating are often cheaper to buy. They are easier to install, but can result in high heating costs in long-term use.