Most people find 20ºC a comfortable room temperature. The lower the temperature you set on the thermostat, the less electricity the heating uses. We advise you to experiment in order to find the most comfortable setting. Because radiant floor heating is very efficient in creating comfort, 18-20ºC is often found to be warm enough depending on activities in the room.
The temperature of the floor itself depends on the heat required to maintain the room temperature you select. If it is very cold outside, the floor will have to be warmer in order to maintain the same room temperature than when it is only moderately cold outside.
We recommend that when you do not occupy the room, you leave the thermostat on a setting of between 12-15ºC rather than switching it off, so that the floor and the room never become too cold. This is cost effective as the heater does not have to stay on very long to maintain the required temperature. (Like a geyser which heats for short periods to maintain the required temperature.)
When switching the system on from cold, it will not heat up any faster by setting the thermostat to it’s maximum position. Simply set the knob to the setting you find comfortable and the heater will draw full power until the selected temperature is reached.
Heat is lost from your room through the windows, doors, ceiling and walls. This loss can be reduced by having insulation in the ceiling and keeping doors, windows and curtains closed.
Reducing heat losses will make your heating system run more efficiently and economically.
Some common sources of heat loss are:
Since most electricity is still generated using non-renewable fossil fuels, which releases a lot of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere, it is important that we run our heating systems as economically as possible.
How large is your carbon footprint?