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Floor heating: a trend that the environment likes too

09 November 2021

Uniform, comfortable, inexpensive: heating that permeates spaces exploiting the thermal properties of floors works best with porcelain tiles.

It’s time for some renovations. If you're considering radiant floor heating for your home, know that porcelain tiles are just what you're looking for. And that the esthetic and compositional possibilities of the Atlas Concorde collections are practically endless.

If you're planning to upgrade your heating system by replacing wall radiators with radiant floor heating, you're probably wondering what materials to use on your floors. Which surface is able to mediate the various needs: esthetic (it's important that you like how the floor looks since it's going to be there for a while), practical (such as durability, hygiene, ease of cleaning), and technical, like the need not to penalize the performance of your new heating system.

Floor heating: an increasingly popular choice

This type of system works by introducing hot water into a coil that runs under the actual floor. The coil transfers the heat of the water to the concrete screed, which has the task of irradiating it into the environment, heating it.

In recent years floor heating has become increasingly popular because it's a solution that first and foremost provides comfort and wellbeing. It works via radiation across the entire floor surface, just like the sun does with the earth. In this case the heat radiates from the bottom up, heating the rooms evenly and eliminating air currents and the formation of steam. It's also a healthier method of heating than using wall radiators because it minimizes the onset of moisture and the proliferation of mites and molds.

Living comfort and environmental sustainability

Choosing this type of system not only affects your comfort but also offers considerable cost savings: for optimal heating the thermostat can be set to a temperature that is lower than usual, with consequent savings when it comes time to pay the bill. But that's not the only benefit. There's another one that has an important impact on the environment: when heating floors the water temperature is lower than for a traditional system (30°-35°C compared to 70°C for a radiator), which is why renewable energy sources can also be used.

Obviously, the performance of a floor heating system depends on the materials selected and their conductivity and thermal inertia. What does that mean? Simply put, these two properties allow the material to simultaneously accumulate and convey heat. The higher the thermal conductivity of the material the lower the amount of heat that remains trapped under the floor without heating the house.

Why choose porcelain tile floors?

Of the most commonly used materials, ceramic tiles are certainly the best when it comes to underfloor heating. In fact, porcelain tiles heat up easily and just as easily convey that heat to the environment. But the good thermal conductivity of ceramic tiles also applies when the radiant floor is used for cooling through the introduction of cold water into the coil, a possibility that makes air conditioners unnecessary.

As for appearance, Atlas Concorde collections offer all possible looks: from wood-effect porcelain tiles to concrete-effect porcelain tiles, from stone-effect porcelain tiles to marble-effect porcelain tiles. The choice of format and surface finish is also quite extensive, so much so that you can find the floor that best combines taste and practicality for every room in your home.

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