How Does a Radiant Heated Floor Work?

How Does a Radiant Heated Floor Work?

Say goodbye to cold toes in the winter! Nothing feels as luxurious as stepping onto a warm radiant heated floor after a long bath or stepping inside from the cold. They provide ultimate comfort, savings on energy bills and can increase your home value. But how does a heated floor work? Why is it better than central air heating?

Our experienced Kowalske team has installed electrical flooring throughout Wauwatosa, Brookfield and Elm Grove. Learn more about how heated flooring works and why to get it installed in your home.

What is Radiant Floor Heating?

Want to enjoy comfort and warmth in your home? Most home heating systems are highly visible. A bulky radiator takes up space in the room, or unsightly vents are loudly blowing air (and dust) into your house. Radiant floor heating provides the least intrusive heating option because it’s visually “hidden” under your flooring.

Kowalske will install the floor heat system under your primary floor. When the heating element under the floor starts to warm, it radiates heat up through the floor. The thermal energy comes in contact with other objects in your home, warming and radiating heat outwards. This allows for an extensive, efficient heat generation method, that is low on energy costs and good for the environment.

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We installed heated floors in this Wauwatosa mudroom to provide warmth in this room that had no previous heat source.

Heated Floor Options

Install electric floor heating in rooms where the flooring material is likely to be cold. It’s perfect in a bathroom, mudroom or a kitchen. Install electric flooring on a per room basis so that each room in your home has a thermostat. You won’t need to replace your entire heating system if you only have one place difficult to keep warm, or you’d like extra warmth for your feet. Choose to heat just one room.

Electric floor heating elements can be:

  • Mats
  • Rolls
  • Cables (with or without an uncoupling membrane)

Power applied to resistance wires heats the floor with electricity. These resistance wires are not like the heating elements you’ll find in space heaters. Think of them like a giant electric blanket installed under your flooring.

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We installed WarmlyYours TempZone Flex Rolls under the tile flooring of this Hartford, WI master bathroom.

Learn More: A Calming Master Bath Retreat with Heated Floors

 

How is Electric Floor Heating Installed?

Electric floor heating is installed under your new flooring. The Kowalske crew will remove your previous flooring and install an underlayment to prevent the heat from sinking into the subfloor.

Electric floor heating mats are better suited to different flooring materials. Like some laminate or engineered wood coverings, floating floors work best with adhesive-less floor heating systems (often composed of heating elements sandwiched between two layers of foil).

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A heating system is installed under the tile of this bathroom in Wauwatosa.

Tile and luxury vinyl tile floors work best with heating systems designed to be embedded in thinset or self-leveling cement.

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Heating mats are embedded in the self-leveling compound.

Kowalske will wire the system to the thermostat and install the primary flooring.

Why Floor Heat is Better Than Central Air Heating

Forced air heating is the most common form of heating in North America. It is also one of the least efficient ways of distributing heat to a home. The heat comes from tiny vents in a room, which results in uneven heating. The heat only reaches the room after traveling through ductwork installed in cold air areas such as basements or attics, which results in a loss of the heat. Finally, the forced air is noisy and blows allergens into and around your home.

A heated floor eliminates all of these problems. It is quiet and heats the entire floor, which blankets the whole room in heat. It even turns the objects that it comes into contact with into heat carriers themselves, rather than heat sinks.

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We removed a massive radiator under the window and replaced it with in-floor heating in this Wauwatosa bathroom.

Because the heating elements are right under the floor (and the underlayment prevents heat loss), the heat doesn’t dissipate before it gets a chance to warm your room. Floor heating is an efficient alternative to central heating and an attractive option to people with allergies.

Choosing Flooring Material

There are several types of electric floor heating mats to work with any kind of flooring material. The best flooring materials conduct heat effectively.

Flooring Options:

  • Ceramic tile is the best choice to use with your electric heating systems
  • Laminate
  • Engineered wood
  • Floating hardwood floors
  • Luxury vinyl tiles
  • Carpet
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Beautiful ceramic tile heated floors in a Lake Country, Wisconsin master bathroom.

Get Started on Your Project

If you are considering a kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel or finishing your basement, a heated floor will efficiently warm your space. From concept to construction, Kowalske Kitchen & Bath partner with you every step of the way, giving you the space you deserve. Our innovative remodeling process provides you with a hassle-free renovation every time. Trust Kowalske with your next home renovation. Visit our exciting showroom or set up a consultation with us today.

 

Author:
WarmlyYours Radiant Heating
For over 20 years, WarmlyYours Radiant Heating has offered the industry’s most innovative solutions in radiant heating technology. With locations in the United States and Canada, WarmlyYours provides unrivaled personalized customer support from start to finish, featuring measuring and design services, 24/7 technical support, and our No Nonsense™ Warranty.

 

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