With floor heating, you can set your feet free and put your slippers and thick socks on the shelf. You never need to get up on winter mornings and put your feet on icy floors. You can also avoid bulky, humming radiators – which aren't an attractive element in the room.
There are three different types of floor heating.
You can choose between air-borne, water-borne and electrical floor heating. When the heat comes from the floor, the temperature in the room does not need to be as high as with radiators. When our feet are warm, the rest of our body also becomes warm. A radiator does not warm the floor since the heat rises. This means that it's coldest at the floor and warmest below the ceiling.
With floor heating, the heat is spread more evenly in the room than with a radiator. The thermostat on a radiator may be turned all the way up in the winter, which yields a hot radiator, but in spite of this, the other side of the room can still be perceived as cold. It can also be more difficult to furnish a room with radiators as one should preferably not cover them with sofas and the like that reduce the heat distribution.
A risk of removing the radiators is, however, that there will be a cold down draught – so it's important to have good windows when you use floor heating.
Vinyl conducts heat the best
Floor heating works excellently for both parquet, laminate and vinyl. Vinyl flooring conducts heat the best, followed by laminate and then parquet flooring. By using floor heating, you can lower the indoor temperature, but at the same time maintain the comfort.
For parquet and laminate, you can use Quickheat from Pergo. Quickheat is made of mats that you simply roll out and click together. The heating lines are built into the Quickheat mats and you can do the installation yourself. However, this system is not suitable for vinyl floors as vinyl is a softer flooring than laminate and parquet.
What happens when the floor heating must be laid or replaced?
Water-borne floor heating usually has a longer lifetime than electrical lines. When the floor heating is cast in the subfloor, both flooring and subfloor must be broken up upon repair. If the floor heating is above the subfloor, such as with Pergo Quickheat, you only need to take up the flooring. This is easy to do with Pergo's click system.