Radiant floor heat creates exceptional comfort that soothes and relaxes the body from toe to head with quiet, gentle warmth. Discover the affordable luxury of electric floor heat: why it saves energy and is cleaner, healthier and maintenance-free.
Radiant floor heat provides exceptional comfort over alternative heating systems. Here’s why:
Like the sun’s soothing warmth on a cool day, radiant floor heat is attracted directly to people & objects. We should say “attracted to people and pets!”.
2. Warms the Body, Not the Ceiling
Radiant floor heat directly warms the body so it feels warmer than forced-air or convective heat. Convective heat warms the air which rises to the ceiling where it provides little comfort.
3. Ideal Heat Pattern
Radiant floor heat reverses the typical temperature stratification. It warms the body from the floor up, unlike forced air heat that leaves the legs and feet cold.
Radiant floor heat is totally quiet. There are no noisy fans blowing warm air into the room.
5. No Uncomfortable Drafts
Radiant floor heat is not drafty because there are no fans blowing air.
6. Individual Room Heating
Radiant floors can be installed in individual rooms to increase comfort in kitchens, baths, basements, additions and colder rooms located above the garage or crawl space and rooms with a fireplace or sliding doors.
7. Low Installation & Operating Cost
Finally, it is most comforting to know that electric radiant floor heat is as or more affordable to install and operate than high-efficiency forced air furnaces, heat pumps, hydronic and geothermal heating systems.
1. No Dirty Carpets, Vents, Ducts
Radiant floors are cleaner, healthier and hypoallergenic because they eliminate the need for carpet, the main harbor of dirt, dust mites and allergens; and because there are no fans blowing and circulating dust around the home.
2. Reduces Mold
Radiant floor heat helps to eliminate mold and mildew in bathrooms and showers.
3. Maintenance Free
Electric radiant floors are maintenance free so there are no dirty filters to change. Like the wiring in the home, once installed, electric radiant floor heat lasts indefinitely. So set it and forget it!
4. 100% fuel energy utilization
Radiant floor heat utilizes all electrical energy to create warmth directly under the floor. No energy is expended operating fans or pumps and no heat exhaust is lost up the flue. The highest rated natural gas furnaces cannot achieve 100% fuel energy efficiency.
5. Reduced air infiltration/exfiltration
Radiant floor heat significantly reduces heat loss due to air infiltration because superheated warm air from a furnace or baseboard heater is not blown against the walls which increases the temperature differential between inside and outside creating a stack effect that sucks in cold outside air. This is another reason why radiant floor heat reduces outside dust and allergens.
Radiant floor heat reduces building heat load by 25% and saves energy as much as 40% or more. Here’s why:
1. It Feels Warmer
Since radiant floor heat is attracted to people and objects, and warms the body from the floor, radiant heat feels 6-8 degrees (F) warmer than forced air. Utility providers publish potential energy cost savings of 3-5% for every degree the thermostat is turned down.
2. No Ducts or Pipes
Radiant floor heat is not blown through the ductwork or pumped through piping. The USDOE estimates as much as 35% of heat loss occurs in the duct system or piping.
3. Not All Heat Rises
Warm air rises. Radiant heat does not. Since radiant floor heat does not directly warm the air, it does not rise to the ceiling where an enormous amount of convective heat is wasted.
Natural gas furnaces, heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps and baseboard heaters are all convective systems that blow warm air as their primary heat transfer medium. 100% Energy Utilization
100% fuel energy utilization – Radiant floor heat utilizes all the electrical energy to create warmth directly under the floor. No energy is expended operating fans or pumps and no heat exhaust is lost up the flue.
The highest rated natural gas furnaces cannot achieve 100% fuel energy efficiency. Reduced Air Infiltration/Exfiltration Radiant floor heat significantly reduces heat loss due to air infiltration because superheated warm air from a furnace or baseboard heater is not blown against the walls which increases the temperature differential between inside and outside creating a stack effect that sucks in cold outside air. This is another reason why radiant floor heat reduces outside dust and allergens.
1. Floor heating “mat” systems reduce installation time and effort.
ThermoTile® is a modern “mat” system where the floor heat cable is factory spaced on a mesh for quick and easy rolling out and attaching to the subfloor. The mesh is easily cut with scissors for turning the mat to fit the floor. ThermoTile’s mesh also allows the thin-set mortar to penetrate the mesh and adhere the tile to the subfloor in 3 easy steps.
2. Floor heat underlayment “pads” eliminate cement.
Modern heated underlayment “pads” are now available that do not require imbedding in cement. ThermoFloor® Heated Underlayments are specially designed for heating laminate and engineered wood floors. ThermoFloor replaces generic underlayments and offers additional benefits including insulation and noise reduction. Simply roll out the pads and lay the floor.
3. Electrical radiant floor heat offers maximum installation diversity.
Thermosoft’s modern electrical radiant floor heat systems have been designed for installation:
- In individual rooms or the whole house.
- When remodeling or during new construction.
- Under any type of floor covering.
- Easy Thermostat Connections
Your electrician will appreciate that everything connects easily to the floor heating thermostat: household power line, floor heating mats and floor heat sensor. ThermoSlab™ radiant floor heat cable can be added by the contractor when pouring the slab. The slab can be finished with almost any floor covering for a warm floor.