Electric Under Floor Heating Systems
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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.
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