Electric Under Floor Heating Systems

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Navigation bullet   ComfortTile Floor Heating Cable

Navigation bullet   ComfortTile Floor Heating Mats

Navigation bullet   In-Slab Floor Heating Systems

Navigation bullet   Low-voltage Floor Heating System

Navigation bullet   RetroHeat for Heating Existing Floors

Navigation bullet   FilmHeat Floor Heating Panels

Navigation bullet   FoilHeat Floor Heating Mats

Navigation bullet   HeatShield Floor Heating Insulation Panels

Navigation bullet   Prodeso Floor Heating Membrane

Electric Radiant Floor Heating Options

Radiant floor heat has proven to be the most efficient home heating technology available today. As more consumers discover the benefits of radiant heat, heated floors are routinely being included in the construction of many of today’s new homes and commercial facilities. The heated floor systems are either electric or hydronic (water-based). Both electric and hydronic floor heating systems efficiently deliver consistent, evenly spread warmth from the floor up to heat the room. Electric systems utilize heat resistance cable or thin heating panels embedded beneath the floor while hydronic systems heat specially treated water that is pumped through a closed loop of PEX tubing under the floor.

To learn more, or to discuss your project with a radiant floor heating expert, call a friendly Warmzone® representative today at 888-488-9276.

Electric Floor Heating System Features and Benefits

Floor heating system installed under a tile floor

In addition to operating on renewable energy, electric floor heating systems operate silently and feature no moving parts, so they require no regular upkeep. 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, efficiently 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 typically spend most 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 the vent first before rising and cooling, which makes rooms prone to “cold spots”.

Radiant electric underfloor heating systems are effective for heating a variety of floor surfaces, including tile, stone, laminate, hardwood, and carpet. Warmzone carries one of the largest selections of heating elements in the industry, including thin, self-regulating panels, near paper-thin "film" elements, heat resistance cable, heated floor mats, and underlayment membranes. Radiant heat can be easily customized to heat any room in the home to provide comfort wherever you are. With the installation of a heating system discreetly under your 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 between the joists and then covering the element by stapling up a layer of batt insulation. The heat is directed up to the floor to provide efficient heat for 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 beneficial for consumers to be able to talk with radiant heat experts at Warmzone to learn about the specific features and advantages of each system, and how the different heating elements will perform when it comes to heating their floor types. Radiant heat can be safely installed to warm virtually all types of traditional and modern floors. In addition to the sublime comfort and unparalleled efficiency of electric heated floors, they are also maintenance-free, so you don't have to worry about regular maintenance costs or filter changes.

Because Warmzone carries several different types of under floor heating systems, representatives won't try to "pidgeon hole" you on one particular solution. You'll receive unbiased information about each system and recommendations on the floor heating solution that is best suited to the specific needs of your home or business. Check out 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 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 without any obligation or sales pressure.

In addition to offering a vast selection of the industry's most proven radiant heat products, Warmzone also includes free installation training, professional floor heating system design services, technical installation support, and a series of online instructional videos and product literature. Call 801.948.7545 to sign up for one of our FREE installation training classes, or call 888-488-9276 to learn more about your radiant floor heating options.

NOTE: Below are some general overviews of several types of electric floor heating systems. Each system possesses unique characteristics that make it 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.

Warmzone ComfortTile® Cable Features

   Navigation bullet 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, resulting in minimal floor buildup. Radiant floor heating cable.

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

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

   Navigation bullet The rugged In-Slab heat cable has a durable polyolefin outer sheath designed for concrete slab installations. Floor heating cable for heating concrete slabs.

In-Slab Radiant Heat Cable
   Navigation bullet Easy Installation. The heat cable is installed directly in the concrete slab.
   Navigation bullet 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.
   Navigation bullet Because Warmzone In-Slab heat cable has a protective, waterproof shield, it is safe for use in both wet and dry applications.
   Navigation bullet The Warmzone In-Slab electric floor heating system has an extremely fast response time, heating your floors quickly and evenly.
   Navigation bullet Meets UL standards and features a comprehensive 10-year warranty.
Warmzone FloorHeat STEP® Features

   Navigation bullet The advanced low-voltage, self-regulating FloorHeat STEP heating element ensures energy efficient operation and long life. Low-voltage floor heating system.

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

   Navigation bullet 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
   Navigation bullet 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.
   Navigation bullet The RetroHeat system is the best value for installing radiant heat under any existing floor covering, including tile, hardwood, and carpet.
   Navigation bullet Meets UL standards and features a 10-year warranty.
Warmzone FilmHeat™ Features

   Navigation bullet The FilmHeat system features near paper-thin (only 0.16-inch thick) heating elements, so there is no weight load or floor buildup. After the heating elements are secured, the electrical connections are made and the laminate floor is installed directly over the panels. FilmHeat floor heating system.

FilmHeat Floor Heating Mats
   Navigation bullet The FilmHeat system is safe and reliable, with the heating panels UL, ETL and cETL certified.
   Navigation bullet Easy Installation. The FilmHeat panels can be installed quickly and easily. The thin heating elements can be cut and shaped on site to meet the specific project demands.
   Navigation bullet FilmHeat carries a "best-in-class" 25-year manufacturer warranty.
Warmzone FoilHeat™ Mat Features

   Navigation bullet The FoilHeat system features thin, fluoropolymer insulated heating cables, sandwiched between two layers of specially reinforced aluminum foil. The reflective properties of the rugged aluminum ensure maximum upward heat distribution that optimizes energy efficiency. FoilHeat floor heating system.

FoilHeat Floor Heating Mats
   Navigation bullet The FoilHeat system is an affordable floor heating option designed primarily for use under laminate, engineered wood, glued hardwood and other floating floors.
   Navigation bullet Easy Installation. FoilHeat mats can be cut and shaped on site to meet the specific requirements of the project.
   Navigation bullet Meets UL standards and features a 5-year manufacturer warranty.
Warmzone Prodeso® Floor Heating Membrane Features

   Navigation bullet 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
   Navigation bullet 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.
   Navigation bullet The membrane's grooves secure the cable while ensuring the proper cable spacing for the floor heating system.
   Navigation bullet The Prodeso membrane is versatile and can be used on all types of indoor and outdoor applications. (10-year warranty.)


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