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Mar 10

Toasty Toes Heated From Below

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Q. I was watching a show the other day where they mentioned electric heat coming from beneath the flooring surface. What type of electric heat system would that be, and is it compatible only with certain flooring materials?

A. There is a wide range of system choices in electric radiant heating – mat, wire, and fiberglass mesh are the most common. These systems can, for the most part, be used under any flooring material that is not nailed into place (meaning floating wood floors would be fine if the wood is dense enough, but traditional hardwood flooring would not be a good candidate). Porcelain tile, marble, and other natural stone materials would also allow the option of installing electric radiant heating.

These systems control the temperature by use of a thermostat wire that is installed in the floor, which regulates the temperature and communicates with the thermostat. Many of these systems are not designed for whole-room heating, but instead provide a supplemental system that keeps floors at a comfortable temperature.

For more information about the various types of electric radiant heating available, or to find out if the flooring in your home would be suitable for such a system, contact us today.

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