Heating and cooling in one system
Many new buildings all over Europe opt for a surface heating and cooling system – hot or cold water is circulated via pipes, which are permanently embedded in floors, walls or ceilings, and thus form an integral part of the building. These systems fulfil two functions at once: in winter, they heat the rooms, while in summer, they noticeably reduce the operative air temperature within a room by running cold water through the pipes. The ability to also offer cooling is gaining importance, as well-insulated buildings with larger windows need to be cooled in summer. Through their large-area installation, they ensure an even distribution of heating or cooling in the room, contributing to a pleasant indoor climate all year round.
Wide range of solutions also for old buildings
Conventional floor-heating constructions are often unsuitable for older buildings for a number of reasons. For example, adding underfloor heating plus insulation may increase the floor level, which can cause problems for the door height or power outlet. Or the load-bearing capacity of ceilings may pose a problem. Therefore, special surface heating and cooling systems are designed that can also be installed in existing buildings without massive interventions, be it in the wall, floor or ceiling. The variety of surface systems available on the market today ranges from wet systems (screed or plaster) to dry systems to special thin-film systems. This offers builders the best solutions for new construction as well as modernisation.
More comfort, less costs
In embedded heating systems, low system temperatures are generally sufficient (35/28˚C) – perfect for heat transfer using condensing boilers, heat pumps and solar thermal systems. The lower the heating system temperature, the higher its efficiency. This will deliver potentially large energy savings. Installing a low-temperature surface heating and cooling system can also trigger a change towards compatible low-temperature and – ideally renewable – heat generators.
In addition, surface heating and cooling also increases the cosiness and comfort. A smart control system enables residents to create a heating profile for every room, tailoring comfort levels perfectly to the needs of residents. Embedding heating systems in walls, floors and ceilings also frees up a lot of space.