We will tell at once - there are practically no shortcomings at the warm floor, if it is water type, from batteries. But the other options, all are good, but you need to consider that the bill for electricity will increase by one third, or even more!
But, let's not run ahead and consider in detail what will give you an electric warm floor in the kitchen, what he has pluses and minuses, and we will show you real opinions of those who have already built it.
- 1 Is it necessary to have a warm floor in the kitchen?
- 2 In which cases is a warm floor exactly necessary?
- 3 What kind of warm floor is better: water or electric?
- 4 Water floor in a private house: which heating source is optimal in this case?
- 5 Electrical floor heating
- 6 What are the electrical systems for floor heating?
- 7 Reviews of people about different types of warm floors
Is it necessary to have a warm floor in the kitchen?
In general, everything depends on how well you have central heating and what is the floor covering in the kitchen.
If you have a wooden floor, then there can not be any warming up of the speech, since the tree will quickly dry up from it, which means that huge crevices and creaks will appear. Wood and without heating - a fairly warm material and walking on it barefoot is always good.
Also, do not recommend you to do a warm floor under linoleum. Do not forget that this is chemistry and when heated such a floor will emit phenol, which is completely unhelpful for health.
In other cases, the warm floor is what you need. And, if you have very low battery life, this option will be a great alternative to additional heaters. He eventually spends much less electricity, but the heating effect is much better.
Is there a difference, or drown a certain and a small area of the kitchen heater or the entire room at once? Moreover, in this case the heat goes from the bottom to the top, that is, the heating is uniform, unlike other sources.
When one battery or electric radiator works, the floor still remains cold, as the heat goes exclusively upward, according to the laws of physics.
And the question is whether a warm floor in the kitchen needs a tile, and does not have to stand. Of course you need it, it's cold! The main thing here is to figure out how much, where and how, because there are a lot of options for arranging a warm floor and all of them differ in price and resource consumption.
In which cases is a warm floor exactly necessary?
Sometimes a warm floor is an added convenience, but there are special cases when it becomes simply necessary.
1. If you did the redevelopment and demolished the wall between the balcony and the kitchen, in order to expand the space, then one battery, designed for a smaller cubic capacity will already be small.
The kitchen will not warm up well, therefore, you need to either put a second radiator or make a warm floor. The latter option is preferable, since the heating goes over the entire area.
2. If you are above the battery in the kitchen made the table top in place of the windowsill. In this case, all the heat that should go up from the battery - does not go anywhere and as a result in the kitchen the air temperature goes low. Of course, you can make small holes in the countertop, for the exit of warm air, but in practice - there is no maneuver from this leap.
3. if you have Small children, which is difficult to force all the time wearing slippers. It's better not to be stingy and make heating under the tile, because, in the cold season, children can often get sick. Especially this applies to very young children who are still crawling.
Do not forget this: if you make a warm floor in the kitchen with the help of some electric shades, then it absolutely does not oblige you. You can turn the heating on and off when you want, at least once a month. So, the equipment of such a floor is not necessarily associated with colossal costs for light.
What kind of warm floor is better: water or electric?
In general, it is better than water, in any case, because, it is more reliable and durable. Electric floors have one big disadvantage - they can not withstand heavy furniture. We emphasize - a heavy, for example, kitchen set. If it will stand on the electrical wiring, then over time there will be a thermal overheating and the whole floor will cease to function.
And to fix such a breakdown is completely impossible (however, as well as to find a burnt place), you need to remove all the cover and change the heating system. And, okay else, if it's a laminate, which can be disassembled and assembled, but if the tiles are? It can not be removed without chips, it's simply impossible.
Many people do this: Count those places where furniture will stand and leave this place vacant. But, in this case, you need to be prepared for the fact that you will not do any permutations.
A watery - strong, very practical, but he also has his "buts."
In multifamily houses it can not be done, as excess pipes can lead to an unbalance of the entire system or heat dissipation from neighbors. Also, to lay pipes on the floor, you need to completely remove all the batteries, so this option is suitable if you plan to equip the whole apartment in such a way, and not just the kitchen.
Then, heating the water in case of central heating is just a lottery. Today they are heating well, and tomorrow - the batteries are hardly warm. And, if the radiator on the wall accurately gives off minimal heat, then the floor - much worse, because the pipes are covered with a thick layer of screed and tiles ...
No, of course you can do at all on the "broad leg", putting your own, individual heating boiler. But it's expensive, very expensive.
Well, most importantly, this type of work must receive permission, which is not always possible even for a bribe.
Therefore, think three times if you decide to make such a floor in an apartment. First, find out if the communal services will give you good and only then act.
And further: the water floor "eats" the height of the room, and, quite significantly, about 15 centimeters. For the "Stalinist" with three-meter ceilings - this is not at all a problem, but for "Khrushchev" - is not the best option.
The height of the ceiling in the apartments of that era is only 2.20 meters. Well, where else to cut?
Water floor in a private house: which heating source is optimal in this case?
In a private house there are no barriers to the water floor, but here you also need to look at what you are heating the room. If you have a gas heating boiler or solid fuel, you can make a water floor. If you are drowning with an electric boiler, then you are simply ruined by heating the water! Accounts will be unrealistically large and in this case it is necessary to choose electric, they are much more economical.
If you have a boiler, you can imagine on its example, what is the constant heating of water and how much it costs. Moreover, in houses, as a rule, and cubic capacity is greater than in apartments, which means that there will be a lot of water in the pipes.
So, think for yourself, decide for yourself how best to make a floor a warm floor in the kitchen, starting from your original data.
Electrical floor heating
If the water floor does not come out, then it is worth paying attention to the electric floors. In the next block, we'll look at the types of materials for heating, and now, let's find out the exact pros and cons of this solution.
As we already mentioned above, electric towers can not be placed under furniture, under the kitchen. This applies to large suites and kitchen corners. But the table and chairs can be put on it, but, again, if these tents are under the tile and a large layer of screed. If they are straight under the laminate, even the legs of the table can cause overheating of the elements.
And do not make a warm floor right under the table - then what, in general, is the sense of doing it? Agree, the most pleasant thing about it is that you can sit at a table with warm legs.
So, the most ideal coating on top of the electrical wiring is the sturdy tile.
The advantages of this floor is that you can completely put it yourself, unlike the water one. There an expert is needed, and not the worst, to correctly draw a diagram, calculate pressure and so on, and so on ...
And electric floors are an ordinary designer, which does not require any special knowledge. The main thing is to connect the elements, relying on detailed instructions. Stacking takes quite a bit of time.
It is also good that the electric floor can only be turned on when necessary, and it is possible to set different degrees of heating.
But, if it is not a private house, but an apartment, do not forget that you still have to pay for central heating and the floor. Completely to refuse from it in any way it is impossible, because the electric floor is not eternal and it can burn out at the most inopportune moment, for example, in winter, at a temperature of minus 30!
And what will you do then? Heating an apartment in this weather with conventional electric radiators is almost impossible, anyway, the air will remain cold. And, well, if you at that moment will have money on your hands to quickly remake the floor, but, if not?
So, it is in the apartments we recommend to combine heating, and the electric floor is simply considered an additional source of heat, and not the main one. If to argue just so - that lacks in the electric warm field simply is not present.
What are the electrical systems for floor heating?
In this block, let's look at which electrical floor is best to choose. There are several types of them and each of them is good in its own way, and we will analyze in which cases this or that is better.
1. Cable electric floors - it's, roughly speaking, just the shadows, which are laid out on the floor and need to be covered with a net and a screed. It is this kind that can be supplied with a thermostat, which can be tuned to a heating cycle of a time. Let's say you can set the heating for a week, with switch-on intervals of one or two hours. Thus, 50% of energy is saved, which is quite a lot.
2. Rod electrodes - such floors are also called carbon fibers, because they consist of, in fact, carbon rods. Such floors are durable, the manufacturer promises 20 and more years of service, but they are more expensive than simple cable. The core floor is suitable for any type of coating and it is possible to safely place heavy furniture on it.
3. Foiled underfloor heating - their advantage is that they are finest and do not require screed. They can be laid directly on top of the screed or the old wooden floor, and already these sheets are covered with thin plywood. And only then you can build a lenolium or laminate. Under the tile, such floors do not fit in any way.
Reviews of people about different types of warm floors
And here we have picked up the most revealing reviews of people who have already made a warm floor. There are also positive reviews, and there are not too many. But, read it yourself and draw conclusions. Here, for example, a review of film warm floors:
Man in detail and from a practical point of view listed cases when it is worth using such a floor. What else people say on the forums.
There is also a myth about the enormous harmfulness from electric warm floors because of the electro-magnetic field that they create. Here's what the scientists say about this:
There is also a rumor that such sexes can cause impotence and even diabetes. We believe that these tales and eggs are not worth it, so do not believe them.
In conclusion, we can say this: a warm floor is not an urgent need, but rather an enjoyable bonus. Therefore, it is worth it to do or not, your wallet will tell you. And what kind of a better choice, you now know for sure!