New Heating Mats Allow Homeowners to Enjoy the Comfort of Heated
Floors in Their Bathrooms, Kitchens, or Family Rooms
Many homeowners love the look of tile, wood, or laminates but dread
stepping out of their soothing shower onto cold tile, especially
during those frigid winter months. And many love tile or wood in
their kitchens and living areas but worry about their little ones
playing and pitter-pattering on cold floors.
"It's very easy to install," says company principal Julia Stalfort.
"You can do it yourself: all you need to do is tape the Environ
II system on the underlayment pad, then lay the laminate or carpet
over it, and your floor can get warm. It takes a few seconds." The
heating mat is then hardwired to a thermostat with an in-floor temperature
sensor taped to the heating mat. The thermostat needs to be wired
to a regular 110-volt circuit by an electrician.
In addition to providing warmth, these new floor heating mats are
energy efficient. Because it is under the carpet or laminate and
over the foam pad, it provides additional insulation from the cold
sub-floor. The Environ II is constructed of an ultra thin heating
wire that exists in four layers of foil, quickly and efficiently
distributing heat. A 120 square foot coverage would probably cost
about 40 cents a day, on average.
Other benefits of radiant floor systems include:
* Silent operation.
There's no hum or whistle of a forced air system.
* Energy savings.
Evenly distributed heat from a radiant floor heating system can
allow the thermostat to be set two to four degrees less than in
a forced-air heating system. This can reduce energy costs by 10
to 40 percent.
* A healthier home.
Forced air systems can spread dust, pollen, and germs. Dust mites
and molds love carpet but don't like warmth. European research performed
in 21 households shows a 50 percent to 80 percent reduction in domestic
dust mite populations in the households with radiant floor heating,
thereby improving the quality of life (particularly for allergy
* Even, quiet warmth.
Even wood, tile, or uncovered concrete floors can benefit from a
* Radiant heat
is less likely to dry out your breathing passages and skin.
Courtesy of ARA Content