What are Radiant Heated Floors?
floors are simply a smart, efficient way to heat your home.
As the name implies, heated floors radiate heat from the floor up,
keeping you warm and comfortable from head to toe during the cold
winter months. As far as home improvement projects go, heated floors
are an economical way to update your home and boost your equity.
The two types
of heated flooring systems are electric radiant
heated floors and hydronic heated floors. Electric radiant heat is
provided by electric under floor heating cable.
floor heating systems, with the help of a
boiler, generate hot
water, then pump it through plastic PEX tubing installed underneath
the surface to be heated.
rely on a network of cables installed beneath the surface of the
floor controlled by a thermostat that coordinates with sensors to
keep floors at optimum temperature. Which one is best for your
floor heating systems are the most practical, flexible
choice for most projects. Because hydronic radiant heat systems
require a boiler, initial installation can be costly.
However, for large floor heating jobs, a
hydronic heat system can have
a lower operational cost than its
electric counterpart. However, electric radiant heat is far less
expensive to install, easily customizable and requires less
Heated Floor Systems Work?
There are three
main components both hydronic and electric radiant heated floor
systems share: a heating element (electric resistance cable, or PEX
cable for Hydronic systems), a contactor/control center and an
activation device (thermostat,
Installing PEX tubing for a
hydronic floor heating system.
radiant heat is just that. Powered by electricity, radiant heat
cables can heat a surface in 30 to 60 minutes. In order to heat the
same floor, hydronic radiant heating systems use a
boiler to first
heat the water, then pump it through the PEX cable, heating the same
area in anywhere from 4-7 hours, a considerable difference in
a Heated Floor?
Warm feet are a
big reason for installing heated floors, especially if you have a
lot of hardwood or ceramic tile in your home. Heating from the floor
up is a great way to control cold drafts at floor level.
another great reason to install an electric or
floor. Unlike forced air systems, radiant heated floor systems are
room specific. With the help of sensors and a
thermostat you can opt to heat one room, or several, depending upon
your needs, and realize a considerable savings on your monthly gas
Heated floors also come with additional health
benefits. With forced air systems the
vents belch warm air, as well as dust and allergens throughout your home,
reducing air quality and compromising your health. These issues are
minimized or even eliminated, should you decide to supplement with,
or even convert your existing heating system to radiant heat.
When can you Install a Radiant Heated Floor?
surface in your home, whether it's tile, hardwood or even carpeting
can be heated. ComfortTile floor heating mats include a red heating
cable that is woven into an adhesive-backed fiberglass mesh, and can
be ordered in various lengths of 24-inch widths for easy
installation. You can also apply radiant heat to existing floors
with Warmzone's RetroHeat
floor heating system.
complexities of installation and the thickness of the tubes
themselves are the greatest cause for concern when installing
hydronic heated floor systems on any remodeling job. Warmzone
addresses these issues by offering a
low-modular board, a concrete
alternative that houses PEX tubing
in its proper spacing and
pattern, and can be installed directly beneath wood, carpeting, tile
and other surfaces.
Radiant Heated Floors and who Sells Them?
Warmzone is an established leading provider of radiant heated floor systems, with
expertise in both electric and hydronic floor systems. If you
are a do-it-yourselfer, or a veteran contractor, Warmzone
offers products and expertise to help you get the most out of your heated floor installation.
of the subfloor.
Laying out the
floor heating mats.
Covering the heat cable with a layer of
The finished heated tile floor.
Compatible with all Standard Sub-flooring Materials
For tile floor warming,
ComfortTile heated floor mats are easily installed directly under tile or natural stone to provide comfortable,
even floor temperatures in your bathroom, kitchen, entryway, or other hard-surfaced areas. The
floor heating mats are compatible with all standard sub-flooring materials, and its low 3/16-inch (3 mm) profile, also make
ComfortTile heat cable ideal for renovations.
Increase your Comfort and Save on Your Heating Costs
Heating expenses are a significant part of a household budget. By installing a
radiant floor warming system, you turn a small investment into real cost-savings,
not to mention increasing the value of your home. With radiant
heated floors, you can lower room temperatures by a few degrees
yet still enjoy the same level of comfort as a room with higher
temperatures that doesn't have a floor warming system.
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