Radiant Heat Floor Mats - An Electric Radiant System

Set your home up with radiant heat floor mats. How would you like to always have spring in your house even in the midst of winter? Where your rooms are warmed right, the floor is not cold to the feet, and the bath feels like heaven? Where you don’t have to lug around a carpet-thick towel to ward off the cold, and wear slippers an inch thick so as not to feel the icy floor? Now it is possible with radiant floor matting systems.

What are radiant heat floor mats?

Radiant floor heating systems work on a simple principle: the heating elements heat the floor material so that its warmth can radiate upwards, offering cozy comfort to the people inside the room or even on such overlooked items like the radiant heat door mat. The radiant heating systems may consist of a web of plastic tubing where heated water is circulated to radiate warmth in the flooring material, or a network of electric wires attached in a matting.

Anatomy of a radiant heat floor mat

This electrical grid system come in various specifications, categorized by the electric voltage requirements and the flooring material they are specified for. For instance, there are radiant heat mats running on 120 volts and others on 240 volts; some may be for wood floors, others are good for concrete floors and tiles. Radiant floor mats can warm up room as small as powder rooms to great salons hundreds of square feet in floor area.

The wire itself may consist of two copper wires running together, individually wrapped in tough insulation material then jacketed with braided grounding elements. Then all are run through a tough and resilient plastic tube that is resistant to mechanical damage if for wet applications such as in bathrooms, kitchens and similar areas.

For freewire installation, the wire is attached to straps to prevent it from moving while the thinset concrete is being poured as well as to preserve the correct spacing between the wires. In many designs, however, the wires are already embedded in mattings which are simply unrolled during installation. The radiant heat mats come in various widths to fit the space dimensions, and for specific floor materials like ceramic or stone tiles or hardwood and laminate floors.

How radiant heat floor mats function

In most designs, the radiant mat is embedded in a thinset concrete, or concrete and gypsum, layer sandwiched between the insulation sheet and the floor surfacing (tiles, wood, bamboo, etc.). Some thinsets may be cement-based mortar material modified with polymer. The insulation serves to prevent the generated heat from being absorbed by the ground, and instead direct it upwards to where it is needed and be most useful.

When electricity passes through the wire, the metal’s resistance generates heat which it conducts to its adjoining materials. The thinset concrete thus acts as a heating pad that radiates the warmth to the area over it. Because heated air rises, the area above the radiant heat floor mats is constantly warm, the warmed air being replaced as it rises away. Hence the warm ambient air begins from the floor level and is present at the levels most needed by people.

This is contrast to forced air heating systems that warm only the air which floats upwards and stays nearer the ceiling than the height of people where it should have given more benefits.

Other uses of electric radiant floor mats

Aside from heating the floors of rooms or spaces often used by people, heated floor mats can be used several other ways.

Door mats. Slippery ice can form in front of doors when snow blows heavy, and can cause accident for people trying to enter. With radiant heat floor mats melting the ice and snow, everyone is assured of safe footing. Standing awhile on such door mats can melt the snow or ice in shoes as well, preventing dirt from being tracked inside the house.

Carpet or rug dryers. There are several designs of radiant heat floor mats that can be placed under rugs or carpets to help dry out tracked-in moisture and preserve the rugs or carpets from further moisture damage.

Because radiant floor mats are not advisable to place in areas where tables, chairs or cabinets are to be located, area-specific rugs or small carpets may be appropriate. In this case, a radiant heat floor mat design may be used to warm such carpets or rugs.

Walkways, garageways snow and ice melters. Obviously, when pathways are free of ice and snow, walking there is safer and cleaner. Electric heat floor mats can do the job for such applications.

Stairs warmer. No sense walking on warm floor only to trod on icy stairways. Use radiant heat floor mats to warm the stair treads as well for a totally cozily warm house, even in the coldest of winter.

So, radiant heat mats are almost universal in application as your answer to winter’s cold. See what warm comforts you can have: visit your dealer today.

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