UNDERFLOOR HEATING SOLUTIONS
Algarve Air & Solar™ also provides an outstanding service on underfloor heating solutions. Again, if you'd like a quotation, please call us or email us. Our details are on our contacts page.
Our systems feature a thin 1.8mm wire, either loose or pre-spaced in a mat or foil. There is also an inscreed cable of 5mm.
The thin wire systems won't raise floor levels and are ideal for refurbishment projects.
Alternatively, for new builds a water based system, that can all be integrated with your boiler, air conditioning and pool heating all in one efficient system.
Algarve Air & Solar's™ underfloor heating systems provide warmth throughout the whole room, giving a whole new meaning to heating and comfort. It offers heat-up time in minutes rather than hours, avoiding overheating and wasting energy. For example, a typical bathroom costs just 0,13€ per day to run. This is based on Portugal electricity price of 11.61c/kWh (April 2014).
WHAT IS RADIANT HEATING?
Radiant heating is the effect you feel when you can feel the warmth of a hot stovetop element from across the room. When radiant heating is located in the floor, it is often called radiant floor heating or simply floor heating.
THE MAIN DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
CONVECTION AND RADIANT HEAT
One of the most important things to know about radiant heaters is that they transfer heat to the objects around them instead of heating the air. So the heat goes directly to you (and the furniture, and anything else in the path of the radiant heater) instead of the air inside the room. Because of that, radiant heaters are best for slowly, evenly taking the chill away in an open or drafty space—think rooms with older windows or high ceilings—but they’re not necessarily the best for quickly warming an entire room. Infrared heaters, the most common type of radiant heaters, emit warmth that’s often compared to the sun’s rays.
They can quickly warm someone sitting directly in front of the heater, but users moving around a larger room might feel like the heater isn’t really working, or at least not working as well as they expected.
Many radiant heaters either don’t blow air with fans or use very low-powered ones, so they might be a better pick for allergy sufferers or anyone who’s sensitive to noise. They also produce heat that sticks around for a while even after the heater is turned off. But some radiant heaters are more likely to get hot to the touch, making them potentially dicey for anyone with small children or pets.
On the other hand, convection heaters forcefully blow hot air out into a room. Air is warmed inside the heater, usually with a fan that blows it across some sort of heating element, before circulating in the room. These convection heaters are best for raising the air temperature quickly in an enclosed space and can make a whole room feel toasty in no time flat. The most common type of convection heater, ceramic heaters, heat air by blowing it across a hot ceramic plate.
In exchange for this fast burst of heat, you’ll be stuck listening to the whir of the heater’s fan, so make sure you can tolerate a little white noise, if you choose a convection heater. It’s also worth noting that the heat will dissipate quickly after the convection heater is turned off, while radiant heat will linger. However, convection heaters usually aren’t as hot to the touch as radiant heaters. They’re also more popular, meaning you’ll have more choices at a variety of price points.