May Your Feet Get Some Heat

by KamilaSu 28. October 2014 12:00

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 ideas.

Bathroom

Nowadays, you no longer have to decide whether you get the same unsightly radiator as your neighbours have, or ruin the family budget. There are several solutions that also take your budget into account!

Therefore, what radiator or system to choose? It depends mainly on the size of the bathroom, the amount 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 popular 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 room. Your floor will no longer be a source of cold; that allows you to reduce the room temperature by 1-2 degrees while the sensational temperature remains the same. Floor heating not only saves energy but also a lot of space that would otherwise be occupied by radiators. Your apartment will be fresher, nicer, simpler and more conveniently furnished.

 
Floor heating system

 

Do not forget to take into account the disadvantages you cannot avoid when it comes to this type of heating. Floor heating system is not as flexible in terms of regulation of temperature, as the radiators are. 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. Before you install a floor heating system make sure you think of 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.

Which floor heating to choose? Electric or heat line?

Pipes of floor heating system

Electric floor heating works on the base of resistance cables or mats that are connected to the electric current. Heat is generated from converting electrical energy in the core of the cable, which in turn heats the layer above and spreads the warmth to the entire room. The advantage of such heating is its simple installation, possibility to lay 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 better with a suitable thin heating mat.

The heat line floor heating 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. In comparison to radiators, you can save up to 30% of current costs with this kind of heating!

In the last decade, radiators have undergone revolutionary development and have lost the label of unsightly objects to be avoided by modern architecture. In today's era, 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.

Invisible radiator

There are heat line, hot-air, electric, gas and solid fuel (fireplaces) radiators. They are made of different materials; therefore, we distinguish 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 colours, 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 colours.
  • 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.

Pipe steel radiator

Plate electric radiant heater

 

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 the right solution for you!

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Architecture

Novelties in our designer - Changing perspectives in 3D

by KamilaSu 28. October 2014 09:06

Again, we have improved our designer and here comes the novelty. We decided to change not only ours but also your view of the drawings so we have added three different perspectives to the designer in 3D view mode. So now there is a side view, a top view and a view from the first person. Adding these views will greatly facilitate and improve the transparency of the work in the designer. Thanks to the perspective of the first person you will be able to take a stroll in your newly-designed flat and the views from the top and side will provide you with a complete overview of all partitions or furniture.

Where to find a view change and how to handle it? 

You can get very easily to the newly added views. Start a designer the way you would usually and start to draw. Or you can choose from one of the pre-drawn plans and adjust it to your liking. In the designer you can always enter the 3D view by clicking on the 3D icon. In this mode you can see three icons of individual views above your plan. These are: side view, top view and a view from the first person. Side view will allow you to look at all the exterior walls. It is appropriate to use it to check the placement of windows and doors. Top view shows you all the internal partitions and disposition of the furniture, so as to assure you that you haven´t forgot anything. You can then check everything "first-hand", thanks to the first person view, which allows you to go for a walk along the designed plan using the arrows.

Side view

Top view

View from the first person

Of course, it is up to you how you will use the different views. We hope that you will enjoy this novelty and that this intuitive solution will make your work in the designer even more pleasant.

 

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