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Electric Under Floor Heating Systems

NOTE: Below are some general overviews of several different types of electric floor heating systems. Each system possesses unique characteristics that make them better suited for heating specific types of floors. Review this information and then contact a Warmzone radiant heat expert to further determine which system is best for heating your floor type.

Radiant floor heat has become increasingly popular in homes throughout Northern America. The most common floor heating systems use thin resistance heat cable that is installed under the floor surface. Because of the relatively simple installation and the ability to place the cable in custom configurations to heat odd shaped areas, radiant floor heating systems are particularly well suited for warming unconventionally shaped areas. And since electric floor heating systems do not require a mechanical room (unlike hydronic systems) and are easy to install, they are ideally suited for heating small and medium sized areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms and hallways. Each room is connected to its own thermostat, further enhancing the efficiency of electric heated floors.

While radiant heat can be installed to heat virtually all types of flooring, ceramic tile may be the most efficient floor surface for radiant heat. Ceramic tile retains and distributes heat extremely well so heating tile floors results in luxurious warmth as well as unmatched energy efficiency. The heat is distributed evenly and the tile retains the warmth for long periods of time.

Warmzone offers both electric and hydronic floor heating solutions. Most electric floor heating systems utilize twin conductor heating cable, but Warmzone also offers several other distinctly different floor heating options, including FloorHeat STEP. This system features an advanced thin, low-voltage floor heating element that can be rolled out for quick and easy installation. See the FloorHeat information in the table below to learn more about this unique, self-regulating polymer heating element. Because Warmzone manufactures and carries a wide range of floor heating systems, we offer customers several distinct options to best meet their unique floor heating needs. In addition to our industry leading ComfortTile heat cable and FloorHeat systems, Warmzone also offers many other proven floor heating systems, each with their own characteristics and benefits.

Radiant under floor heating systems are controlled by an advanced thermostat that is available with an in-floor sensor that detects floor temperature as well as an ambient sensor to detect room temperature. Given the many types of electric under floor heating systems that are available, it is valuable for consumers to be able to talk with the radiant heat experts at Warmzone to learn about the specific features and benefits of each system, and how the different heating elements will perform when it comes to heating their floors. Radiant heat can be safely installed to warm most types of floors, including tile, hardwood, laminates and more. One of the most appealing benefits of electric heated floors is that they are maintenance-free, so you don't have to worry about regular maintenance costs or changing filters.

And because we carry several different types of under floor heating systems, Warmzone representatives won't try to "sell" you on one particular solution. We'll provide you with unbiased information about each system and recommend the floor heating solution that is best suited to the specific needs of your home or business. Review the general overviews of the various floor heating systems below to gain a better understanding of what's available and then call a radiant heat expert at 888.488.9276 to discuss your project. You'll be able to talk with a friendly expert who will be happy to provide you with more information, all with no obligation or sales pressure.

Warmzone ComfortTile Cable Features

The ComfortTile floor heating cable features a single point connection and has a diameter of just ⅛ to 3/16 of an inch. The cable is installed in the thinset so there is very little floor buildup.

Radiant floor heating cable.

ComfortTile Heat Cable
  * The floor heating cable features durable, stainless steel braid covering and is safety approved for wet locations.
  * The heat cable off the spool is ideal for custom shaped floor heating jobs.
  * Easy to install and excellent for heating tile floors, marble, slate and more.
  * ComfortTile systems come complete with a GFCI protected thermostat and strapping to secure and properly space the heating cable.
  * Features a limited 25-year manufacturer warranty.
Warmzone ComfortTile Mat Features

ComfortTile heating mats feature a low-profile, easy installation. The radiant floor heating mats have a thickness of only 3/16 of an inch (3mm).

Floor heating cable pre-woven into mat.

ComfortTile Floor Heating Mat
  * The cable is pre-spaced and secured to an adhesive backed mesh for easy installation.
  * The ComfortTile floor warming mats emit no measurable electromagnetic fields due to the shielded dual conductor design.
  * Dual conductor heating cable allows for only one cold lead connection and is approved for wet locations.
  * Built-in ground-fault protection (GFCI).
  * Features a limited 25-year manufacturer warranty.
Warmzone In-Slab Heat Cable Features

The In-Slab heat cable has a thickness of just ¼ of an inch.

Floor heating cable for in-slab applications.

In-Slab Radiant Heat Cable
  * Easy Installation. The heat cable is installed directly in the concrete slab.
  * The cable heats the concrete slab, so virtually any type of flooring (i.e., ceramic tile, marble, and slate to hardwood and laminates, etc.), can be installed over In-Slab floor heating cable. The concrete slab retains and distributes heat efficiently, making In-Slab floor heating systems very efficient.
  * Because Warmzone In-Slab heat cable has a protective, waterproof shield, it is safe for use in both wet and dry applications.
  * The Warmzone In-Slab electric floor heating system has an extremely fast response time, quickly and evenly heating your floors.
  * Meets UL standards and features a comprehensive 10-year warranty.
Warmzone FloorHeat Features

The advanced low-voltage, self-regulating FloorHeat heating element ensures energy efficient operation and long life.

RetroHeat floor heating system.

FloorHeat Heating Elements
  * The thin, polymer heating element requires no floor buildup and can be easily secured to the subfloor with adhesive, staples or pegs.
  * Easy Installation. Can be cut to length on site and installed under most floor coverings, including tile, stone, resilient, laminate, hardwood and carpet.
  * The heating element is so rugged and versatile that it is also used in roof heating applications.
  * Meets UL standards and features a 20-year warranty.
Warmzone RetroHeat Features

RetroHeat is easily installed between the floor joists and efficiently heats your floors. The heating element can be cut on site. Heating panels are available for joists with 12, 16, and 24-inch spacing.

RetroHeat radiant floor heating system.

RetroHeat Floor Heating System
  * The under floor heating system consists of thin film heating panels, connection materials, and unique digital thermostat that includes a 16-amp GFCI breaker and floor sensor for accurate programming.
  * The RetroHeat system is the best value for installing radiant heat under any existing floor covering, including tile, hardwood, and carpet.
  * Meets UL standards and features a 10-year warranty.
Warmzone HeatShield Panel Features

The HeatShield system consists of ½-inch thick, lightweight polystyrene floor insulation panels covered with a thin, specially profiled aluminum. This ensures excellent downward insulation and optimum upward heat distribution that optimizes energy efficiency.

HeatShield floor heating system.

HeatShield Floor Heating Insulation Panel with Heat Cable
  * The reflective heating panels eliminate the need for heat cable to be embedded in a mud/cement base.
  * Easy Installation. Place the insulation panels on the existing floor and press the cable into the grooves provided. Then place the finished floor surface on top.
  * Meets UL standards and features a comprehensive 10-year warranty.