In-screed/undertile heating cables
If you are planning to renovate an existing floor, Pyrotenax Electric Storage Floor Heating is the most economical, luxurious and practical form of space heating you can buy.
During renovation, electric heating cables are secured to the light gauge mesh prior to the screed being laid. These cables heat the floor during regulated heating periods.
How to install
Unlike traditional heating systems there are no ducts, fans, consoles or vents required. This frees up your wall and floor space giving you the freedom to decorate your interior without interferences.
Discuss it at your initial planning stage with your architect, builder or specialist heating installer.
Measure your heating area
Using the examples below, measure the floor area you need to heat.
Note: do not calculate permanent fixtures (wardrobes and benches) as heating areas.
Living room example A
Heating area = 5.0m x 5.8m
Bedroom example B
Room area = 4.0m x 3.5m
Area of fixtures = 2m²
Heating area = 14m² - 2m²
Bathroom, toilet, laundry, hallway example C
Room area = 4.4m x 5.0m
Area of fixtures = 6.5m²
(bath, shower, toilet, bench)
Heating area = 22m² - 6.5m²
Which heating cable size do I need?
After measuring your desired heating area, refer to the table to locate your suitable product (unit).
Most types of floor coverings can be used, for example carpets (wool or synthetic), vinyl tiles, ceramic tiles and slate.
Bitumen backed carpet tiles are not suitable.
Cork tile and parquetry must be laid on a dry floor. In other words, this must be laid after initial use of the heating system to evaporate the moisture remaining in the concrete floor.
Depending on the type of tile, a waterproof adhesive (such as a two-part latex adhesive) or mortar-bed fixing system must be used. Some adhesives (particularly the water based latex adhesives) will deteriorate and soften at temperatures above 40°C. The adhesive chosen should be capable of withstanding temperatures of up to 60°C without a loss of bond strength.
Quartzite floor tiles
Gentle background warmth
The heat stored inside the floor is emitted from the whole surface area, giving an almost even air temperature from floor to ceiling. Warmth is produced where it is required most, underfoot, and then radiates throughout the area.
CSIRO tests show that where floor level temperatures are around 16°C people feel comfortably warm all over. When floor level temperatures are lower, people feel cold even if the temperature at head level is over 21°C.
Pyrotenax Electric Storage Floor Heating is the energy - efficient way to provide a constantly comfortable room temperature.
Health and safety
The system is free from dirt, smoke or fumes. Any dust movement is minimal, so the system is ideal for people who suffer from respiratory difficulties such as asthma.
The system is safe for all family members as there are no burning surfaces
Some other heating systems present hazards for children, the elderly or pets
The system is securely encased in the floor and operates in silence
Economical and Energy efficient
Heat input to the floor is controlled by wall-mounted or in floor thermostats. Heating in each room or zone is controlled by a separate thermostat, so energy need never be wasted.
The system takes advantage of low-cost off-peak electricity or time of use tariff available in most areas. When normal rate electricity is being used the system can be regulated by a time clock. Check with your local electricity authority regarding off-peak power availability in your area.
The floor stores enough heat during the off-peak charge period to maintain a comfortable temperature for the full 24 hours. Heat storage is topped up again during the next heating period.
Frequently asked questions
Who would you recommend installing the system?
A specialist electric floor heating installer.Our technicians are trained to install all types of electrical floor heating. To learn how one of our technicians can help you, call (02) 9829 2752
What happens if something isn’t working – Can it be repaired?
In the unlikely event of the heating element being damaged, it is a straight forward job to locate and repair the fault. We have equipment that can locate the cable and it’s fault. It is a simple matter of exposing the cable and fixing the repair.
Are there any additional hidden costs?
Costs not covered are:
Wiring from the thermostat and heating unit to the switch board and connection to the off-peak supply. This work is usually done by the onsite electrician when all other lights and power points are wired.
What is the guarantee?
The standard warranty of 10 years from the date of purchase applies to all slab heating elements manufactured by Pyrotenax. Thermostats are covered by a 2year warranty from the manufacture.
What maintenance is required?
Over the lifespan of the Pyrotenax system, minimal maintenance is required as there are no moving parts that wear and tear, apart from the thermostat which is a simple and easy replacement.
Is the system safe?
Yes. The outer copper sheath of the Pyrotenax heating element is earthed during installation. Pyrotenax heating cables do not require to be connected to earth leakage protection.
Do you need to alter home/building design or make concrete slab thicker to accommodate heating cables?
No. The heating cable is fixed to light gauge mesh that is rolled out on top of the floor surface. Also, there is no need to allow space for ducting or furnace.
What is the minimum heated area in a existing floor?
There is no minimum size, however, for 240 volt operation the heated area must be at least 2.0m².
What happens when a cold night is followed by a warm day?
The heat will stay trapped in the floor when the air temperature exceeds the floor temperature so no heat will rise out of the floor.
How hot does the floor get?
To maintain a 21°C air temperature the floor temperature would be approximately 25°C or approximately 4°C above the desired room air temperature.
Can sections of the heated floor be isolated?
Yes. You can set up multiple zones with independent thermostats for difference rooms/areas. This gives greater control of comfort levels (temperatures) and more economical running costs.
Can the system be installed on an existing concrete floor?
The heating cable is buried in a minimum 30mm cement screed on top of the existing floor. The system operates as a storage system using off-peak electricity or time of use.
Can the system be installed on a timber floor?
A light gauge reinforcing is laid on top of the timber floor and the heating cables are tied to the mesh and a 40mm cement screed is laid over the floor. It then may be connected to-off peak.
How much does it cost to install?
As a guide $80 per m² for the average house.
Delete any permanent fixtures e.g. kitchen cupboards or built in wardrobes. The cost covers supply of heating units, installation of heating units onto the existing floor. The cost also covers the supply of all thermostats and controllers.