Warm floors have not been considered a luxury item for a long time, especially infrared ones. After all, the price of infrared film per square meter starts at about 700 rubles. The product itself, until recently, was little tested by the user. A lot of questions arose, such as: how much electricity does a warm floor consume, can it really heat a room, how true is an infrared film advertisement, is such heating safe for children? Forums and social networks were full of worries and doubts. A certain period of time passed, on the same forums specific and fairly objective information began to appear: reviews and stories of satisfied and angry owners of underfloor heating.
Thus, as a result of disputes, truth was born. And as a result of the natural work of market mechanisms, the offer of infrared heating film has expanded, and it has become easier to buy it.
About 5 years ago, South Korean infrared films began to be actively tested and sold in Russia (South Korea is a monopolist in the market). But the price of infrared film favorably differs from heating mats and, moreover, from a self-regulating cable. Both retail buyers and the consumer who uses infrared heat in a commercial and even industrial process respond to the flawless performance of inexpensive carbon and graphite film. Quite a significant plus. As consumers rightly argue: the main thing is to choose a good seller who will not offer low-quality goods. By virtue of its competence and the status gained in the domestic heating market.
Cost of infrared underfloor heating looks very attractive today. A square meter of striped film can be purchased for 700 rubles, an inexpensive thermostat will cost you about 2000, add here the usual reflective Stenofon substrate, mounting kit, adhesive tape, lead wires. Nothing else is needed. Thus, heating a large room costs about 10,000 rubles — this is much cheaper than heating a room with special heating mats or cable on mounting plates (even without taking into account the cost of installation).
Next, power consumption. The thermostat allows you to significantly save energy consumption. The film heats up in a matter of minutes, upon reaching the limit set on the thermostat, it turns off. After a while, it turns on again. At the same time, the house is always warm, and additional electricity costs will not hit the budget too much. The efficiency of the striped infrared film is more than 90%, therefore, not a single ruble will be wasted. Perhaps this is one of the most economical heaters. And yet, the film is guaranteed, 10-50 years, depending on the model. Not every modern convector works as long.
healthy infrared heating
Why is infrared heat called natural? Let’s say we heat a room with a battery. In this case, the air warms up first, which rises up, and then the heat descends to the floor. Comfortable is the warmth that starts from the feet and rises. Keep your feet warm and your head cold — it is this worldly wisdom that corresponds to the principle of operation of infrared warm floors. However, you won’t have time to freeze your ears either, because rising up, the heat acquires only 3-5 degrees difference from the floor surface.
Installing an infrared floor takes a minimum of time and effort. There is no need to mess around with tile adhesive, concrete screed or apartment redevelopment. The only thing you have to think about is the arrangement of furniture. Infrared film cannot be mounted under bulky cabinets or bed legs. However, unlike cable heating, which ceases to function if any segment is damaged, the film always works. Regardless of whether you decide to put a film infrared floor under a carpet, linoleum, laminate or parquet, it will create a comfortable atmosphere in your home for many years.
If you are not ready to raise the floors, fiddle with tile adhesive and screed and actually make repairs, and you need a warm floor, striped film will help. It is easy enough to lay under a carpet or laminate. Also, the infrared floor can be put on the old flooring, and a new one can be spread on top. In general, for each individual case there is a certain installation algorithm, which is described in sufficient detail on the Avarit website. For example, here — diagram of laying infrared floor heating under the laminate.
All these nuances are clarified and resolved at the stage of consultation with the seller, who helps to determine the choice of film specific to your case.
And the choice is now rich. The Lavita LH, XiCA XM (RexVa) infrared warm floor, laid under parquet and laminate, does its job well, in this case the ready-made set with the ComXT thermostat also shows itself ideally.
On balconies and loggias striped film can be placed under the carpet. Here, Heat Plus APN-510 Silver solid film with a silver coating and protection against moisture perfectly recommends itself. The only thing you need to lay on the infrared floor is a waterproofing layer, its function can be performed by a plastic film. Another product from the Heat Plus line is KS-PTC self-adjusting film. It can be laid where there is furniture.
It is not recommended to install an infrared warm floor only under the tile, in other cases it functions perfectly. However, an analogue is provided for tiles — carbon rods. This is a kind of self-adjusting floor based on carbon, it is suitable for laying in a screed, in tile adhesive, porcelain stoneware. A striking example is the RHE carbon mat, which works on the infrared heating principle. Like infrared film, if several rods fail, the carbon underfloor heating does not stop working.
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Source: OOO «Avarit»