Additional electric heating – does it make sense?


What to do when one room is cold all the time? Is it necessary to get an additional radiator, working with central heating? A good alternative may be to make an electric underfloor heating system. However, it is not a matter of replacing the heating system in the whole house, but of insulating only selected areas with an additional heating system. Can heating mats work together with other heating systems? And does such cooperation make any sense at all?

Electric underfloor heating as a complement to another heating system

Can the heating mat work with other building heating systems? In the vast majority of cases there are no problems with this. The exception is certainly water floor heating, which works on the same principle as electric floor heating. In this case, the floor temperature would be too high, which means not only lower comfort, but also the risk of damaging the floor.

However, the situation is quite different with high-temperature systems, that is, coal, gas or pellet boilers feeding hot water to radiators. If this type of heating can’t cope, it’s worth using an additional heating mat to make up for the lack of heat and increase the comfort of the residents.

It is worth noting that such additional heating works only in one room, without affecting the temperature in the rest of the house. Also, the connection of a heating mat or cable does not require additional installations. It is enough to bring electrical power to the place in question.

When is it worth considering an additional heating mat in one room?

When is it most common to use a single room reheating system?

  • In small hallways, where it is not possible to install a larger radiator. Meanwhile, the heating mat, working with a smaller radiator, is able to provide the optimal temperature level.
  • In bathrooms, where the effect of a warm floor is particularly desirable. Such heating mats can be activated in connection with the desire to take a bath or shower. A very interesting idea can be the cooperation of underfloor heating with a walk-in shower. The lack of a shower tray and the safe way of installing the mat mean that the mat can heat the floor directly in the shower.
  • As an invisible bathroom radiator for drying radiators. The heating mat does not have to be installed in the floor. It performs equally well on other large surfaces, such as walls. In this form, in addition, it allows you to dry towels hanging on the rack.
  • Replacing heating in a house does not have to mean a general overhaul of the entire building. You can gradually unplug more rooms, eliminating radiators in them, while installing heating mats on the floor. This will spread the cost of replacement over a longer period.

In any case, the use of two heating systems at the same time not only does not cause any problems, but also achieves a much better result.

What to watch out for when reheating a room with a heating mat?

A major advantage of electric floor heating is that each room can be controlled by a separate controller. However, the location of the control unit is very important. If it is located too close to the radiator, the temperature sensor may read too high values (this is related to the spread of heat – the temperature is always higher near the radiator than in the opposite corner of the room).

It is also important to remember that under no circumstances should different types of underfloor heating be combined in the same room. This easily leads to overheating of the floor, which can even result in a fire. However, in other situations, reheating individual rooms with a heating mat gives excellent results.

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