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Electric Under Floor Heating Systems

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Navigation arrow.   ComfortTile Floor Heating Cable Navigation arrow.   ComfortTile Floor Heating Mats
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NOTE: Below are some general overviews of several 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 proven to be the most efficient means for heating homes today. As more consumers discover the benefits of radiant heat, more heated floors are routinely being included in the construction of many of today’s new homes as well as offices. The heated floor systems are either electric or hydronic (water-based). Both electric and hydronic systems efficiently deliver consistent, evenly spread warmth up from the floor to heat the room. Electric systems utilize heat resistance cable embedded beneath the floor while hydronic systems heat specially treated water that is pumped through a closed loop of PEX tubing under the floor.


In addition to operating on renewable energy, electric floor heating systems operate silently and feature no moving parts, so they’re maintenance free. These are attractive features since homeowners don’t want to have to worry about - or pay for - yearly checkups and monthly filter changes and maintenance. And unlike forced air systems, the heat is distributed evenly from the floor up, providing comfortable warmth for the entire room. There are no hot or cold spots, and the heated floors provide ideal comfort for small children who often spend a lot of their time playing on the floor.


Traditional radiators require high temperatures – as high as 215°F – to heat a room. Forced air systems that use conventional gas furnaces require high temperatures (between 140°F-170°F at the supply plenum) in order to effectively heat a room. And warm air blowing from vents heat the air nearest them first, which makes rooms prone to “cold spots”.


Our electric underfloor heating systems are effective for heating a variety of floor surfaces, including tile, stone, laminate, hardwood, and carpet flooring. We have a wide range of heating elements including thin, self-regulating panels, heat cable, heated floor mats and membranes. Radiant heat can be easily customized to heat any room in the home to provide comfort wherever you are. With the installation of heated flooring, your home will remain consistently comfortable every day. And because of its efficiency (with virtually no heat loss), radiant floor heat can provide a savings on heating costs of up to 15 percent over traditional heating methods.


Electric floor heat can also be installed to heat existing floors. If you can access the floor joists, you can staple up the thin RetroHeat film heating element and then apply a layer of batt insulation over that. The heat is directed up to the floor, providing efficient heat to the room.


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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Warmzone Prodeso FloorHeat Features
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The Prodeso floor heating membrane is easily installed directly over the subfloor, and ComfortTile heat cable is then installed into the grooves of the membrane.

Prodeso radiant floor heating system membrane.

Prodeso Floor Heating Membrane and Heat Cable
  * The Prodeso system is safe under all conditions, and can be used to heat a wide variety of floor surfaces. It even waterproofs the substrate in the case of overlaying on cracked or imperfectly cured floors with a risk of vapor stress.
  * The membrane's grooves secure the cable while ensuring the proper cable spacing for the floor heating system.
  * The Prodeso membrane is versatile and can be used on all types of indoor and outdoor applications. (10-year warranty.)