Are you planning a bathroom renovation? Have you already thought about the type of heating most suitable for your bathroom? We´ll give you some hints.
Nowadays, you no longer have to decide whether you acquire the same unsightly radiator as your neighbors have, or ruin the family budget. There are several solutions that also take your budget into account!
What radiator or system therefore choose? It depends mainly on the size of the bathroom, the number and size of windows, the thickness of external walls and many other factors.
Start by choosing between radiator and floor heating system. Floor heating is becoming more modern and there are many reasons for that. Since it is practically invisible, it is an excellent aesthetic solution for your new apartment or bathroom. In addition, this option is very practical and pleasant, thanks to the even distribution of heat throughout the heated room. Your floor will no longer be a source of cold, which allows you to reduce the room temperature by 1-2 degrees while the sensational temperature remains the same. Floor heating can save not only energy but also a lot of space that would otherwise be occupied by radiators. Your apartment will be fresher, more modern, simplier and more conveniently furnished.
Do not forget to take into account the disadvantages which cannot be avoided within this type of heating. Floor heating system is not as flexible when it comes to the regulation of temperature, as in the case of radiators. Since it stays warm longer after shutting down, it does not allow rapid temperature regulation. If you opt for this type of heating you have to take into account the cost of the installation, which is definitely higher than in case of the radiators. Not to mention the potential repairs needed, which would be slightly more difficult to manage due to the complicated access to the system. In such cases it is necessary to count with higher costs. Before you install floor heating system be sure to think about the placement of furniture in the room - to prevent unnecessary waste of energy later. To draw the accurate floor plan of your furnished house, you can use our online designer.
However, which floor heating should you choose? Electric or of heat line?
Electric floor heating works on the principle of resistance cables or mats that are connected to the electric current. Heat is generated by converting electrical energy into heat in the core of the cable, which in turn heats the layer above it and spreads the warmth to the entire room. The advantage of such heating is its simple installation, possibility to apply cables on the original floors, easy and precise temperature regulation, lower investment costs and rapid heating. The system does not need to be connected to the heat line, making it suitable for residential houses with central heating, or where there is not a connection to gas. The disadvantages of this system include higher operating costs mainly because of the higher cost of electricity. Therefore, we recommend to install electric floor heating only within smaller areas. The thickness of the heating layer in this case is so thin that heat will not remain in the system as long as in the case of heat line floor heating. To heat thin refurbished floors you will do with more suitable thin heating mat.
In the case of heat line floor heating it needs to be connected to a gas boiler. Alternatively, it is also possible to connect the system to renewable energy – heat line fireplaces, wood boilers, heat pumps and solar collectors. Compared to radiators you can save up to 30% of current costs with this kind of heating!
Radiators in the last decade have undergone revolutionary developments and have lost the label of unsightly objects which are being avoided by modern architecture. In today's world, they are design or artwork pieces that complete the interior, or merge with it so that you will not even notice them. Their biggest disadvantage is that they do not distribute the heat in the room evenly, but accumulate the highest temperature in its surroundings.
Radiators may be heat line, hot-air, electric, gas and solid fuel (fireplaces). In our country we mostly use heat line and electric. These heaters are made of different materials, therefore we differenciate the following types:
- Cast iron radiators – already used for ages, have a large volume and thanks to that they remain warm longer. Their lifespan can exceed 50 years. Its disadvantage is that the disorders of the joints are a very common issue, cleaning is very difficult and they are well known for the leakages.
- Aluminium radiators - are made from one integrated piece without joints or seams, making it not as defected as cast iron radiators. They are known for their high calorific value and they warm up very fast, whereas compared to cast iron they have a much smaller volume.
- Plate steel radiators - are currently the best sellers. They have small volume, warm up very fast, but cool down just as quickly. Their advantage is a large heating output within a small area. They are very compact and they are produced in different sizes and colors, so they can also serve as decoration.
- Convection unit – are made of plates attached to the tube. According to your preferences you can choose floor, wall, window or standing convection units. They are unobtrusive heating units that are easy to maintain. They are placed mainly to large glazed areas to compensate the difference in temperature between interior and exterior of the room.
- Pipe steel radiators – they don´t have such a big calorific value, so they usually serve as towel dryers. You can get them in a variety of unusual shapes or colors.
- Plate electric radiant heaters - operate on the principle of infra-red heaters and are designed for real aesthetes. They are composed of panels powered by electricity that do not heat the air, but the same way as sunshine they heat solid objects. According to experts, it is the most environmentally friendly type of radiator, as they save energy, nature, and least but not last they save your money as well.
In today's rich offer of various types of heating devices, it is not easy to choose the right one. Although floor heating system can stand on its own, the most appropriate solution for your bathroom could be a combination of several heating systems. Floor heating with a modern aesthetic type of radiator could be then the right solution for you!