ECOMAXX underfloor heating system works using the physical principle of electrical resistance.
High voltage electric currant from the grid is transformed into low voltage currant which flows thought the 0,5 mm thick, 10 cm wide aluminium alloy tape laid under the flooring of choice causing it to heat up to 32 degrees C.
Heating tape is additionally protected by a layer of fiber mesh and a layer of elastic tile glue or self leveling cement.
The purpose of thermal insulation layer between cement screed and heating tape is preventing heat loss and maximizing the efficiency.
Ambient temperature is regulated and controlled by the thermostat which can be classic, cordless, programmable or remotely operated.
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Simple physic says that there are three ways of heat transfer. Convection (air circulation) Conduction (penetration through solid material) and Radiation (waves).
Heat doesn’t rise. Hot air rises. Traditional heating solutions rely on one heating device per a room, fueled by wood, coal, gas, hot water, oil…
Smaller the heating device, higher the temperature is needed, equals more energy and higher losses.
Apart from storage and safety issues, such devices cause hot air circulation in the room, drought, rising dust and mites, generally making the ceiling area warmer than floor area.
About Underfloor Heating
The very idea of underfloor heating is more than 2000 years old. The Romans are credited with the invention of the first underfloor heating. Hot air from the furnace circulated under the risen floor. It worked fine as long as one had enough burning wood and slaves to keep it running.
Underfloor heating as a form of central heating had its revival in the second half of twentieth century. At first as a, so called, hydronic system, later with development of technology as various forms of electric heating systems. Now it is globally present in all of its variations.
Keep the warmth where it’s needed.
ECOMAXX Underfloor heating, gently warms your room from the floor upwards, resulting in the perfect spread of heat which is far more comfortable. An underfloor heating system runs at lower temperatures than a traditional radiator making it more efficient with lower running costs.
It can work divided in several independent heating zones (rooms) separately controlled by programmable room thermostats. That practically means that you can simply switch off the room that you don’t use and lower the heating cost.
Water or electricity?
A wet, water or hydronic system is basically a pipeline beneath the floor, connected to a boiler or a heat exchanger. The warm water, propelled by a pump, regulated with a series of valves circulates and heats the floor which heats your space.
Disadvantage: price, complicated installation, moving parts, maintenance required, leaking and jamming risk, slow response
High voltage or low voltage?
Some electric underfloor heating systems run on high voltage. Thick, insulated copper cables installed beneath the floor use 220-240V alternate currant (AC) from the grid. Disadvantage: high voltage, high temperature of the cables (the cables are relatively thin, so high temperature is needed to compensate the gap between them), copper oxidation
Advanced ECOMAXX underfloor heating systems uses low voltage . It also uses aluminium alloy instead of copper and wide tapes instead of cables. Those specific properties result in corrosion resistivity and wider heating surface equals longer life span and lower running cost.
Advantage: low voltage, safety, low consumption, simple installation, low temperature of the heater, 20 years warranty.
About The Installation
- Power supply : 3 cord cable (2,5 mm) from main DB to the place where the transformer is going to be installed. Separate for each heating zone.
- Separate fuse for each heating zone
- 2 cord (1,5 mm) cable from the transformer to the place on the wall where the thermostat is planned to be. (wireless thermostat excluded)
- Cement screed on the floor or any solid, flat and leveled surface such as old tiles, cheaper tiles, etc)
- Note: UFH system CAN NOT be installed directly on torba
About The Insulation
Although ECOMAXX underfloor heating works without any insulation, purpose of the thermal insulation is preventing heat transfer below the heating element. Common sense says that we don’t want to lose heat to the ground, a garage or a neighbor downstairs. Lack of proper thermal insulation results in increased electricity consumption.
The usual type of thermal insulation that we use is Extruded Polystyrene (XPS), High density Expanded Polystyrene (EPS, Jablo) or Polyurethane (PU). All of those come in a form of boards which have to be glued to the flat and solid surface such as cement screed or old tiles.
Recommended thickness of thermal insulation is 3 cm, but if there isn’t enough space, it can be just one or two cm thick. The more the better Read more
ECOMAXX UFH system consists of
- Aluminium alloy heating tape
- Electronic regulation unit
- Metal housing box