Underfloor heating? -Old! Carpet heating hits market

August 28, 2007 § 2 Comments

Panasonic Rug heating

Underfloor heating: heating a spot is more effective than heating the whole floor

The whole thing with underfloor heating seemed to get some attention from people but as far as I am concerned it’s not the best option. Why? i’ll explain: first let me emphasize that I am talking about electric underfloor heating. The underfloor heating sheets must be placed so that the areas that need more heat get it and the areas that don’t need that much heat (under the bed, under the furniture) get less heat. That means that you won’t be able to change the position of furniture in your house because you’ll make the underfloor heating arrangement useless unless you make it all over again.

I guess that was the biggest argument for being against underfloor heating.

On the other hand, the carpet seems a more logic solution for heating because it’s placed where people are supposed to stay when they’re watching TV, playing games, drinking a coffee, etc.

Following this logic, Panasonic developed an electric heating rug that does just that, heats the spot where you need heating. The temperature is adjustable up to 46°C and there is a large variety of fabric styles and they also plan to offer wooden surfaces as well. The heating elements are waterproof, and the rugs are designed for stain and germ resistance.

Panasonic Rug heating

Underfloor heating: heating a spot is more effective than heating the whole floor

Panasonic Rug heating

Underfloor heating: heating a spot is more effective than heating the whole floor

On sale in Japan in September.

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§ 2 Responses to Underfloor heating? -Old! Carpet heating hits market

  • coldbuster says:

    Under rug heating has been available in Australia for just on ten years now, so the concept is not new here. Check out http://www.speedheat.com.au for details.

  • realthor says:

    I’ve checked the site and the difference as far as I can tell, is that on the website there is another layer that has the electric wires incorporated. In the image above I can assume that the carpet /rug comprises the wires so that if you move it you don’t have to move also the underneath layer.
    Aside of that I always had the feeling that Australia was ahead of the crowd in innovation matters.

    Regards,
    realthor.

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