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Secretly Vow to Enjoy Radiant Floor Heating

Radiant Floor Heating is a Decision You Won’t Regret

Ok, here’s the deal, if you don’t know much about radiant floor heating you need to get up to speed and fast. You’ll miss the radiant heating boat and trust us, there are a lot of people clamoring to jump aboard and enjoy the warming effects of warm floors. You should secretly vow right now to treat yourself to the luxurious, yet remarkably affordable joy of radiant heated floors. There is nothing quite like stepping sans sock onto an otherwise cold surface only to find it surprisingly and appealingly warm. Those first steps taken on a radiant heated floor will make you wonder why you didn’t take this vow sooner.

Radiant heat provides constant and consistent heat throughout your floors, warming everything around it, unlike forced air systems that blow warm air that rises quickly and settles near the ceiling and sneaks out the cracks of your walls, causing the whole system to kick on once again to replenish what has been lost. Forced air systems create more allergies with all that air and dust moving around, a problem easily avoided with radiant floor heat. With radiant heating the radiant heat cables beneath the surface of your floors generates warmth that permeates the surface and all the spaces around it leaving your living space inviting and comfortable. Keep this vow to treat yourself to something irresistible and warm and you’ll soon realize that radiant floor heating is a decision you won’t end up regretting.

Electrical Thermal Storage

What is ETS and Why You Should Care

Here’s another acronym that’s worth remembering – ETS. Learning about Electrical Thermal Storage (ETS) may help you save some coin. Who can turn that down right now? And let’s be honest, who would want too? Saving money is on everyone’s mind, and this may be one more chance to do just that. Electrical thermal storage is the term given to certain types of heating, specifically, electrical storage heating that stores heat during the nighttime hours, allowing radiant heat to slowly transfer throughout your home or commercial site without drawing electricity during peak hours.

Some utility companies have adapted their rates to reflect high usage hours. In a way they have copied the telecommunications industry that charges more for calls during peak hours and drops rates during the less trafficked times of the day. Electrical thermal storage heaters draw upon this concept, allowing you to use your heat during non-peak usage times, storing heat for use during the more expensive times of the day.

In-Slab heating cable installed in concrete

You would need to check with your utility company first to make sure they offer these price incentives. If they do (and many are starting to jump on this pricing band wagon) then you may be a candidate for ETS.

Once you establish the rate system of your electrical provider, you may find you could benefit from a radiant heat system that provides electrical storage heating when the rates are lower. While it is important to distinguish that you will not be saving energy with this system, it can save you money because you’ll be taking advantage of the lower rates.

Warmzone offers radiant heating systems compatible with electrical thermal storage. Specifically the In-Slab cable systems provide underfloor heating ideal for this time of money saving advantage. Warmzone’s radiant heating floor systems are an inexpensive system that will effectively warm your floors and heat your entire home or commercial building. When you install In-Slab radiant floor heat, you are given a maintenance-free operating system as well as the peace of mind that comes with a 10-year manufacturer warranty. Warmzone’s In-Slab heat cable is durable, high quality, and hassle free. The In-Slab floor heating systems can be installed to provide luxurious radiant floor heating to almost any type of floor surface. The technology associated with these heat cables make them ideal for electrical thermal storage heating because they are typically installed beneath a concrete or brick floor. While heat is building up, drawing upon your electricity you may use the system during less expensive times of the day. The radiant heat builds up and then once shut down during peak hours, slowly transfers throughout the day from all the heat stored in the slab.

It may not be for everyone, but ETS may be another way you can save money as you heat your home. Contact Warmzone to find out if you can benefit from a radiant heating system that would allow you to take advantage of the cost-saving benefits of electrical thermal storage. ETS – it might just become your favorite acronym.

Electric Radiant Floor Heat – Steps for Installing a Radiant Heated Floor

We all know about forced air heating systems, which use burners to fire up and heat the air and then a fan blows heated air throughout the home. For the most part, this works rather well. It is reasonably quick and for years it has been the standard method of heat for homeowners. So, you ask, what else is there? Well, surely you have heard of radiant heated floors. It’s a form of heating for the home that is becoming more and more popular as of late.

Installing electric radiant floor heating is not extremely difficult. Here are the basic steps to installing a heated floor. (Don’t worry, you can do this.) Let’s assume that you have arrived at the point where you can get started. After thoroughly cleaning the subfloor surface, lay out Reflect ground insulation over the area you plan to heat. A proven ground insulator such as Reflect will optimize the efficiency of your heated floor.

Radiant heated floor being installed in bathroom.

ComfortTile heating cable is available pre-spaced and woven into mats that can be easily rolled out, or individual cable that is laid out with the aid of spacing straps. Individual cable is best suited for custom shapes while the heated mats are ideal for quick layout of standard shapes.

Thinset can be applied directly over heat cable

(It would be a good idea to check the resistance of the wiring before proceeding.  The instructions will give you a range that it should fall within. Temperature can make a difference in the reading as well so keep that in mind.)

If you are installing over a wood subfloor (after applying ground insulation), staple the heating mat or cable spacer tabs to the floor in the desired layout. Be careful to avoid damaging the heat cable anywhere. Lay the cable out in such a way as to allow for the connection to the switch in the wall of course.

Once you have the heat cable laid out and fastened, you should consider pouring a leveling surface over the cable. Technically, you could simply apply thinset and then install your tile, but since the heat cable has a thickness of around 3/8th of an inch or so, it is advisable to pour a leveling surface. Quick Level does a good job of this. Use the adhesion liquid that is recommended. Follow the instructions for applying the liquid and then simply mix the Quick Level with water and then pour it over the entire floor.

Heated bathroom floor

Ensure that it spreads evenly and doesn’t form any lumps anywhere. Only pour to the top of the heat cable. The less you use the better. This will provide you with a clean flat surface to which you will adhere your floor surface.

Tile is a common surface since it conducts the heat very well. Reflect floor insulation is effective in preventing the heat from being lost, and the radiant properties of the tile further enhance the efficiency of the system. Once installed, the sensor embedded in the floor will automatically maintain the temperature you desire.

One of the big advantages to radiant floor heating systems is that you can heat only the rooms you are using. There is no need to heat the whole house. In that sense these floor heating systems are very efficient. The greatest advantage though is the enhanced comfort level you will enjoy. It is really true that when your feet are warm you feel warm and comfortable all over.

Radiant Heat for the Bathroom

Visualize for a moment a soothing, warm – very warm – bath. You are completely immersed in what is arguably the most pleasurable of all daily routines. Happy and entirely contented are words that help explain this enjoyable, relaxing process. If you happen to be one who prefers the same experience via the shower, it’s no wonder that “singing” is associated with this ritual.

Can there possibly be anything wrong with this picture?  Not much can spoil this small luxury until one is forced to leave the almost-tropical experience and step out onto a cold floor, reach for a cold towel and stand shivering in a cold room that is either too far away from the thermostat to have any effect or, is of necessity, kept at an energy-saving temperature in order for the average person to be able to pay skyrocketing fuel bills.

Because of experiences similar to these, Warmzone is receiving a growing number of calls from customers seeking answers to questions regarding radiant heating in bathrooms. We’ve discovered some exciting alternative products that can be used to heat bathrooms and help to complete the transition from a warm tub to a warm floor, or from a warm shower to a warm towel and of course a warm room.

Climastar bathroom heater with towel warmer

Heating areas such as bathroom floors with electric radiant heating cable systems from Warmzone makes the most sense. Electric radiant heating systems are efficient, easy to install, and very cost effective.  Warmzone radiant floor heating systems are controlled by a thermostat with an in-floor sensor and have a very quick response time, and are maintenance free.

A popular item in Europe that is now making its way into homes throughout Northern America is the towel warmer. Warmzone features top quality towel warming products from Climastar and ECO-heater wall panel heaters. These premium – yet affordable – towel warmers and bathroom heaters provide comfortable radiant heat to your bathroom with the added benefit of warming and drying towels. Their beautiful designs will add both warmth and a European comfort to your bathroom. The radiant bathroom heaters are all-inclusive, with a programmable thermostat and a simple plug in design or can be hard wired for a cleaner look. Warm your towels while heating your bathroom with the finest towel warmers available! You will love the comfort of a warm towel and a warm bathroom.

Another product that can be used to heat bathrooms is a body dryer. Body dryers operate similar to hand dryers found throughout the world, though on a much larger scale. By adjusting power and heat individuals can use these to dry themselves and to heat small areas. A similar class of products to the body dryers are heat lamps which using the principles of radiant heat, are able to effectively warm a small area.

If you might be interested in upgrading your shower to a steam room – your own personal spa – products are available to help you do just that. With steam generators, any shower, tub or enclosure can become a steam room. Providing rich, moist heat, steam generators will convert a conventional shower into a steam bath.

Two additional bathroom products that are gaining popularity are mirror de-foggers and heated bidets with warmed toilet seats. While these might seem to be a little bit “over the top,” they are actually quite practical and worth looking into. Mirror de-foggers are generally thin heaters that are adhered to the back of a mirror and wired to the same power supply as the bathroom light fixture, fan or separate switch. When turned on the pad heats up and keeps the mirror dry and free from fog. Bidets with heated toilet seats (popular in Asia and Europe) are proving to be a new seller in the U.S. because of the comfort and added health benefits offered by bidet use.

Before spending another winter stepping from the warm comfort of your bath water to the frigid touch of a cold floor and towel, visit www.warmzone.com for more information on the above-mentioned products. For detailed information on heated floors and space heating products Warmzone offers, visit call a radiant heat expert at 888-488-WARM (9276).