Floor heating features & frequently asked questions
Why choose floor heating?
- Aesthetically pleasing – its’ hidden
- No inside space lost to heating units, duct outlets etc.
- No hot surfaces for children to touch. No plugs, cords or exposed switches.
- Separate individually thermostat-controlled areas.
- No smoke, dust, or unpleasant odours. Highly recommended by the Asthma Foundation
- Tiled areas, which can be cold to the touch, are converted to a source of comfort
- Ideal for the children and pets on the floor.
- No maintenance worries
The cable system does not run hot enough to deteriorate and there are no moving parts to wear. You have the backing of a 10 YEAR WARRANTY.
Which areas should be heated?
Only you can decide this. But the main considerations will be:
- Local climate
- How much you, and other home occupants feel the cold.
- The type of floor coverings
- Your budget
The priorities are usually the bathrooms first, followed by tiled living areas., then bedrooms.
What if the heating gets damaged?
Once the building construction is complete, problems of damage are very rare. The cable is tested at installation and at connection.
Fortunately, if damage does occur, we have specialised equipment and techniques to locate the spot. A small trench around the cable is then dug, and it is rejoined.
Floor coverings for heated floors?
Every category of floor covering has been used successfully with floor heating. Nevertheless, any unusually large thickness of timber, cork, or other insulating coverings should be checked out. Heatec can assist with operating temperature information and the manufacturer should then have the final say on suitability. Under most coverings, the concrete does not get nearly as hot as your footpath outside in the sun, or, the floor near most room heaters. Since the warmth radiates from a large area, temperatures are moderate, with 28 Deg C at the surface being common
How long will it take for the floor to warm up?
In a screed on top of the base floor, warmth is felt within an hour. Of course it also then cools down, more quickly.
Since storage is required for satisfactory operation of the controlled tariff systems, the cable is embedded in the base slab or a sand/cement screed and warm up time is a few hours. Thermal insulation assures temperature stability in these installations .
Floor heating for upper floors?
Any suspended floor levels which are open below, will lose heat downwards. Insulating-type floor coverings such as carpet, cork and parquetry, drive the concrete temperature up an extra 12 Deg C, increasing the problem. If open to the weather below, the underside of these slabs must be insulated. Heatec can assist with advice on practical methods available.
If the underside of the slab faces an area that requires heating, it may not be necessary to insulate below.
For detailed information at our main floor heating site, covering:
Floor heating types and selection
Floor heating control
Kits & DIY
26/17 Cairns St, LOGANHOLME. QLD. 4129. Australia.
Ph. (07) 3806 2326
International: Ph. 617 3806 2326
Facsimile: (07) 3806 5457
Facsimile: 617 3806 5457