There are many ways to make our home warmer and more comfortable. One of them is the arrangement of a floor heating system, also called a “warm floor”. The underfloor heating system consists of two functional parts: a heating circuit and a thermostat, also called a thermostat. We will talk about the features of the latter today.
Why do you need a thermostat for underfloor heating?
Underfloor heating is one of those heating systems that should not work all the time. Agree that it would be completely unreasonable to keep the heating device turned on without a break — and a lot of energy is wasted, and spare parts wear out quickly. Therefore, the main task of the thermostat in the underfloor heating system is to maintain the temperature at a given level by turning the heating elements on and off. It doesn’t matter at all what kind of warm floor is equipped in the room — water or electric, in any case, you can’t do without a thermostat.
What are room thermostats for underfloor heating?
Regulating elements for underfloor heating are of three types:
- Electromechanical — the simplest and cheapest type of thermostats. The required parameters are set on them by turning the knob-regulator.
- Digital or electronic — a more modern type of thermostats for underfloor heating, the parameters of which are set by pressing buttons (regular or touch). Such thermostats are equipped with a small screen for ease of control.
- programmers — thermostats for underfloor heating, which make it possible to set a program for its operation for a long time, including switching on and off modes by the hour. In addition, some programmable thermostats are equipped with a remote control, the ability to control from a tablet or computer.
How to choose a thermostat for underfloor heating?
What should you pay attention to when choosing a thermostat for your underfloor heating?
First, on the number of parameters that they can control. The more functions such a device has, the more reliable and economical the operation of the entire underfloor heating system will be. But you will have to spend much more on a multifunctional thermostat.
The second important parameter is the user interface — the simpler it is, the easier it will be to manage the entire system as a whole. This is very important if elderly people live in the house. Thirdly, you need to take into account the way the thermostat is mounted — it can be mounted on a wall or mounted in a shield.