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Installing Radiant Heated Floors

February 14, 2012 00:02 AM  BY  BENSON RICKS

Installing Radiant Floor Heating Systems

How to Find the Best Radiant Heat System for Warming Your Floors 

Important Points to Consider Before Installing a Radiant Floor Heating System in Your Home:


Are you thinking of installing a heated floor? What are the things that you should be aware of before installing a radiant floor heating system? Check out this handy checklist of important items that help you determine the best radiant floor heating option for you.


 Navigation arrow. What type of flooring are you heating? Talk with an expert to learn how flooring affects heat transfer and how the different types of flooring responds to radiant heat. Get an accurate heat loss on the product you are considering before making a purchase.
 Navigation arrow. Most radiant heating systems operate at a floor temperature of between 75- and 80-degrees Fahrenheit, with a maximum of 85-degrees. When installing radiant heat under laminate floors, be sure to check with the laminate manufacturer to ensure that radiant heat will be effective and safe under the flooring.
 Navigation arrow. Work with a radiant heat provider that includes system design services with their products. It is important to have all the information and electrical requirements determined before beginning any installation.
 Navigation arrow. Learn how the different types of floor heating systems affect both the height of flooring assemblies and the installation process. Some systems require no floor buildup while other systems raise the floor almost ½ inch.
 Navigation arrow. Insulation makes a difference! A well-insulated structure is easier to heat, much more efficient, and easier to control. Ground insulation also gives you more flexibility when it comes to choosing radiant heating systems and flooring types. Talk to an expert at Warmzone to learn what options are available.
 Navigation arrow. When installing hardwood floors with a radiant heating system, don’t forget to account for expansion and contraction of your flooring. (Usually this is done by leaving approximately ¼-inch of space from the wall.) Regardless of the type of heat used, some movement in the flooring material will occur. This is a natural consequence of seasonal changes in the weather as well as the interior temperature changes.
 Navigation arrow. Using floating systems for hardwood floors and crack isolation membranes for tile is recommended when installing radiant floor heating systems. Both allow the flooring to expand and contract separately from the heating system.
 Navigation arrow. Electric radiant heating systems are cheaper and easier to install than hydronic systems, feature faster response times and are generally the system of choice for small to medium sized jobs. However, large hydronic systems typically offer a slightly lower operating cost than that of a large electric system.
 Navigation arrow. In addition to state-of-the-art thermostats, Warmzone radiant floor heating systems feature floor sensors to keep floors at a fixed temperature while you supplement your home heating with other heat sources. But your heated floors will provide a luxurious warmth that you'll have to experience to truly appreciate. 


Check out some of Warmzone's electric floor heating systems.



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