A thermostat for underfloor heating is a device with which you can set the required temperature of a floor heating the surface of a floor covering. The temperature controller responds when the heating system is turned on or off, increases the efficiency of the heated floor, and significantly reduces the cost of electricity.
I’ll tell you what types of temperature regulators are and what to look for during installation.
Choose a model by a set of built-in functions
Thermostats for controlling underfloor heating based on a set of built-in functions are non-programmable and programmable. The former are also called classic.
The advantage of non-programmable temperature controllers is simplicity and affordable price. Such thermostats differ in terms of control method: manual and push-button. Manual ones cannot be programmed, and in order to set the timer operation, you need to rotate a special wheel with a numerical indication. Such regulators are very simple and more reliable, because they do not have complex electronic components.
Thermostats with push-button controls look more modern. They are equipped with an electronic display, they have more functions. There is a "night mode", which reduces the brightness of the display, which significantly saves electricity at night. With the help of "child protection", you can lock the buttons of the thermostat, and set a timer to set the time range for heating and cooling the floor.
Programmable thermostats will work according to a strictly defined schedule. You can configure according to the calendar, combine the work of the floor sensor with an air sensor to heat the room without overheating the floor covering. Settings are saved on the built-in flash memory card. Today, there are also programmable controls that can be controlled through special applications and Wi-Fi.
I recommend turning off the manual thermostats before leaving home for several hours. This is necessary to save electricity, except when a heated floor is used as the main heating. Button options are the same mechanical, so they have the same operating mode. In programmable, you can set any time period or mode of operation on a specific schedule. There is no need to control the process.
Determine the installation method
According to the installation method, thermostats can be overhead or built-in.
Built-in regulators are used with a hidden type of wiring, and overhead - with an open one.
Many models of built-in temperature controllers are equipped with adapter frames that eliminate the backlash between the case of the temperature controller and the frame of wiring products from another manufacturer. So you can combine them with models of various brands, which simplifies installation and allows you to save the selected apartment design.
Such thermostats can be found in the assortment of manufacturers of underfloor heating KEEPLY, THERMO, DEVI.
Decide how to control the floor temperature.
To control the temperature, sensors are needed that read the current parameters.
The most common and budget option is regulators with one remote sensor for floor temperature. All classic non-programmable temperature controllers are equipped with such a sensor.
Programmable thermostats, as a rule, are provided with two sensors: a floor temperature sensor and an integrated air temperature sensor. So you can simultaneously control the floor temperature and the climate of the room as a whole.
What you need to consider before buying a thermostat for underfloor heating
- The power of the thermostat must correspond to the maximum power of the underfloor heating for correct operation.
- Make a choice between programmable and classic thermostats.
- Choose the method of mounting thermostats: built-in or overhead models.
- It is necessary to determine whether the underfloor heating will be a source of comfortable floor heating or will become the main source of heating. In this regard, it is necessary to consider whether there will be an air sensor in the thermostat.