Warm floor electric: pros and cons -


The warm floor immediately appears in the mind asSomething comfortable and useful. With a variety of heating options, it is usually the electrical system that is most often identified as the most common. Is it worth it to install and what can the consequences be? Is such a construction so necessary? Electrical floor heating is a heating system in which a heating cable or special mat is laid under the cover during the construction phase. Electric energy is converted into thermal energy. As a result, the entire floor becomes an element that radiates heat, unlike a conventional radiator battery, usually installed strictly in certain places. The adjustable temperature will distribute the heat evenly, reaching the most comfortable for human indicators - 20-22 degrees. According to SanPiN, the temperature of the floor itself should not exceed 31 degrees. The installation of such a floor is a time consuming process,Therefore it is better to entrust the work to specialists. In addition to the correct arrangement of all elements of the system, such as thermostats and heating cables, you must then cover them with the material that will later become your floor. All this should be considered at the design or repair stage. Pros:

  • Heating is much faster than other systems;
  • Suitable for any room;
  • Combined with any floor covering, such as laminate, linoleum, tile. For tiles is irreplaceable, but not suitable for expensive types of parquet and cork;
  • There is the possibility of thermoregulation, and also, if desired, the start of heating is programmed by the timer;
  • Uniform heating of the room due to the location, there is no air convection, as in the case with the conventional radiator system;
  • Dampness and fungus are not formed, the humidity level is always under control;
  • There is no circulation of dust, which has a beneficial effect on man;
  • No special care required;
  • The elements of the system are hidden from the eyes, nothing distracts from the contemplation of the beauty of the interior;
  • Long service life;
  • The faulty part of the system can be replaced without any hindrance.


  • Laborious for the initial installation;
  • If some part fails, the whole system will not work;
  • Additional costs for electricity, especially with a large number of premises;
  • Electromagnetic radiation, although the maximum permissible, is present (it comes from a teapot with a TV, by the way);
  • It must be taken into account that there is a danger of meeting water and electric current, which usually does not end very well;
  • Some types of floor coverings are sensitive to sudden temperature changes that occur when heating is turned on;
  • With a large amount of furniture in the installation of a warm floor will not make sense, since the heat flow will be limited;
  • The thermoregulator described in the advantages also has the opposite side - it controls the temperature of the floor, not the room itself;
  • The air in the room becomes dry, which is not very favorable for the human body (especially if you install such a floor in the bedroom).

So still install an electric floor heatingor not? If the size of the apartment is small, and the heating capacity of the radiator is clearly not enough, it's worth it. Given that the air is dried, it is usually advised to use humidifiers. Thus, if you have a laminate, linoleum, tiles and a minimum of furniture - you can safely do such a floor. In all other cases, it is better to carefully consider the need for such a system and weigh all the above pluses and minuses.