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Heated Floors

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Heated floors, also known as radiant floor heating, provide a luxurious and efficient way to warm up your home. This innovative heating method offers uniform heat distribution, ensuring comfort and energy efficiency. Whether you're considering heated floors for a new build or a renovation, understanding the technology, types, benefits, and installation process is crucial.

 

How Heated Floors Work

Heated floors operate through a system of heat-conducting elements installed beneath the flooring. These systems can be powered by electricity or hot water (hydronic). The heat radiates upwards, warming the floor and the room above it. The primary components include:

  1. Heating Elements: These can be electric cables or hydronic tubes.

  2. Insulation: Ensures heat is directed upwards and not lost to the subfloor.

  3. Thermostat: Controls the temperature of the heated floors.

 

Types of Heated Floor Systems

  1. Electric Radiant Floor Heating:

    • Electric Mats: Pre-assembled cables arranged in a mat. Ideal for retrofit projects due to their ease of installation.

    • Loose Cable Systems: Cables that can be custom-laid to fit any space. Suitable for irregularly shaped rooms.

  2. Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating:

    • Water-Based Systems: Use hot water circulated through PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) tubing. Best for new construction or major renovations.

    • Combination Systems: Integrate with existing hot water heating systems, such as boilers.

 

Benefits of Heated Floors

  1. Energy Efficiency: Heated floors provide even heating, reducing energy consumption compared to traditional forced-air systems.

  2. Comfort: Warm floors are pleasant to walk on, especially in colder climates.

  3. Improved Air Quality: Radiant heating doesn't circulate dust and allergens like forced-air systems.

  4. Silent Operation: Unlike radiators or HVAC systems, heated floors operate quietly.

  5. Space Saving: Eliminates the need for radiators or baseboard heaters, providing more usable space in your rooms.

 

Installation Process

  1. Planning and Design:

    • Load Calculations: Determine the heating requirements based on room size, insulation, and desired temperature.

    • System Selection: Choose between electric and hydronic systems based on your specific needs and existing infrastructure.

  2. Subfloor Preparation:

    • Insulation: Lay insulation boards to prevent heat loss and improve efficiency.

    • Subfloor Inspection: Ensure the subfloor is clean, dry, and level.

  3. Installing the Heating System:

    • Electric Mats/Cables: Lay out the mats or cables according to the design plan.

    • Hydronic Tubing: Install the PEX tubing in a serpentine or spiral pattern.

  4. Covering the Heating Elements:

    • Thin-Set Mortar: Used for electric systems, providing a stable base for tile or stone flooring.

    • Screed Layer: For hydronic systems, a screed layer encases the tubing.

  5. Flooring Installation:

    • Tile: Ideal for radiant heating due to its thermal conductivity.

    • Laminate/Vinyl: Ensure compatibility with radiant heating systems.

    • Engineered Wood: Suitable if specified for use with heated floors.

  6. System Testing and Commissioning:

    • Electrical Testing: Verify the continuity and resistance of electric cables.

    • Pressure Testing: Ensure hydronic systems are leak-free.

    • Thermostat Configuration: Program the thermostat to maintain optimal comfort and efficiency.

 

Maintenance and Care

  1. Regular Inspections: Periodically check the system for any signs of wear or damage.

  2. Professional Servicing: Schedule annual maintenance for hydronic systems to ensure efficient operation.

  3. Floor Care: Use floor coverings that are compatible with radiant heating to avoid heat blockage.


What is Radiant Made Simple?
Radiant Made Simple (RMS) offers a user-friendly and affordable way to enjoy radiant floor heating comfort in your home. The system is ideal for new construction or remodeling projects, particularly in spaces like bathrooms, basements, studios, shops, or garages.


Here's what makes RMS stand out:
Pre-assembled panel: Forget complicated setups. The RMS system comes as a complete panel, ready to connect to your existing in-floor tubing.
DIY friendly: The all-in-one design allows for easy installation by yourself or a contractor. Simply mount the panel, connect it to your piping, and plug it in for radiant warmth.
Cost-effective: The RMS system is designed to be more economical than traditional radiant heating solutions from big-box stores that require multiple components.
Scalable coverage: Whether you're heating a small bathroom or a larger multi-zone area, RMS panels can be configured to handle spaces from 300 square feet up to 4,100 square feet.

Heated floors offer a modern, efficient, and comfortable heating solution for any home. By understanding the different types of systems, the installation process, and the benefits, you can make an informed decision that enhances your living space. Whether you opt for an electric or hydronic system, radiant floor heating promises to transform your home into a warm and inviting sanctuary.

For more information on heated floors and to explore the best options for your space, visit Radiant Made Simple and discover how to bring luxurious warmth to your home.

Contact us today for a free quote for the system that is perfect for you.

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