Radiant floor panels:theradiant panelsare heating systems that use the heat coming from thin pipes placed behind the surfaces of the environment to be heated, so we haveradiant floor panels(among the solutions moresmartsince hot air tends to rise from the bottom up), baseboard radiant panels, radiant ceiling panels.
If you are thinking ofto installa system ofradiant floor panels, special attention must be paid to the design phase: the yield of a radiant heating system is directly proportional to its integration, the more the system is integrated, the more efficient the result will be.
Before choosing any model ofradiant panelit is advisable to determine the heat requirement of the building or room that will host the system.
THEradiant floor panelsthey must be installed on a special insulating layer surrounded by the perimeter band. The insulating perimeter band is a "tape" that acts as a joint between the screed and all the building components that surround it (walls, pillars, any steps ...). The perimeter strip must be laid from the rough slab up to exceed the level of the finished floor. To ensure maximum insulation, the perimeter band must be well fixed (perhaps to door frames, pillars, uprights ...) and must be overlapped at the contiguous end by at least 10 cm. Once the insulating layer with perimeter band has been installed, it will then be possible to implant theradiant floor panel. The installation of the radiant panels must avoid the formation of empty spaces between the various elements.
When deciding to install an underfloor heating system, the flooring to choose also has constraints. The radiant floor panels can also be installed with parquet. It must be remembered that it isthicknessand the type of floor directly affect the performance of theradiant panels, therefore, in addition to paying attention to the choice of radiant panels, the flooring that will cover them must also be carefully chosen, taking into account the thickness and what the UNI EN 1264 standard on thermal resistance establishes: the floors to be used in the presence ofradiant panelsthey must have a thermal resistance value not higher than 0.15 [m2K / W] in order to ensure optimal operation of the installed system and at the same time avoid heat loss.
In summary, before installing an underfloor heating system, you must:
- calculate the building's thermal needs and on the basis of this choose the type of radiant floor panels.
- choose a floor with adequate thickness and thermal resistance lower than 0.15 [m2K / W]
How thick do the radiant floor panels take up?
A system occupies a total thickness of about 15 cm. This thickness can drop by 3-5 cm with dry lowered implants.
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