Category Archives: Floor Warming

Electric Radiant Heat: More Common Than You Think

When you hear about radiant heating what do you picture? Many people think of pipes beneath the surface, carrying hot water or some other fluid. While it is true that hydronic systems may be used for floor warming and snow melting, another tried and true method is electrical radiant heating. Electric radiant heating utilizes electrical resistance and has many benefits and advantages that are discussed throughout our website. Today we will look at resistance heating and its many uses.

When is the last time you benefited from electric resistance heating? Have you used an electric stovetop in the last 24 hours? How about a hair dryer? These and many other everyday items utilize resistance heating. As electricity flows through the heating element, the resistance of the coils, wires, or cables creates heat. Resistance heating is 100% efficient as all of the electricity is converted to heat.

Have you ever used a heated seat in a car? Cadillac introduced the first heated car seats over 50 years ago. Think about that the next time you are hurtling down the highway in a modern automobile. When automotive manufacturers wanted to provide heated seats they turned to electric resistance heating.

Warmquest supplies and installs industry leading electric radiant heating products which are tested to the highest standards. Warming floors and spaces, deicing roofs, and melting snow, all with the simplicity and convenience of resistance heating. The same technology that allows your seats to warm safely and comfortably can be scaled up and used to heat your entire home, prevent snow and ice problems on your roof, and keep your driveway clear. Our unique, cutting edge systems accomplish all of this with a small footprint. No boilers or heavy equipment are needed, a small control unit or relay panel is all it takes. By its very nature electric radiant heating is low maintenance and efficient. Systems are either on or off and do not need to idle, they have few moving parts and require no regular maintenance.

What Kind of Flooring Can Be Installed Over Radiant Heat?

zmesh-under-wood“What type of floor covering can I use with radiant heat?” This is a fairly common question and in most cases, it is the wrong question. At Warmquest, we don’t believe that your flooring choice should be limited by your radiant heating system.

The right question should be, “what type of flooring do I want?” Warmquest encourages homeowners to consider their flooring preference when selecting a radiant heating system. In fact, one of the perks to low voltage radiant heating is the ability to tie different heating elements together into a single system.

With the variety of heating options available, Warmquest is able to heat just about any floor covering effectively and efficiently. Our low voltage ZMesh is particularly unique as it easily heats hardwood, engineered wood, laminate and carpeted surfaces. Our assorted cables and mats are perfect for heating tile, stone, concrete and other surfaces.

The Warmquest team can work with you and the stakeholders on your project to design a radiant heating system that meets your needs. This includes your preferred flooring types. Using the precision control granted by electrical systems, combined with the latest in sensors and thermostat technology, a Warmquest system can bring comfort and luxury to your home while embracing and enhancing your flooring preferences.

When is it Too Cold to Install Radiant Heat?

cold weather installAs winter approaches it is time to finish up most construction and renovation. However if you are thinking about adding radiant heat, whether for snow melting, floor warming, or roof deicing, you may have time yet.

Mother nature can limit installation of Warmquest’s products, but it’s not as bad as you might think. Read on to learn what can be installed in the cold of winter.

Heated Floors and Spaces
Weather won’t halt the installation of these interior systems. Warm up your toes and enjoy the luxury of radiant heat by installing a system at any time!

Snow Melting Systems
If that first snowstorm of the season is what it takes to remind you how much you hate shoveling, then you are in luck. Snow melting systems can generally be installed in cold weather. Plan for a nice dry day and get that heat in! You would want to check with your concrete or asphalt contractor on any limitations for pouring new surfaces. Retrofit installs only need to be warm enough for the sealant to cure. Our team can advise on proper conditions for a retrofit installation.

Roof Deicing
Heated roof systems is one application you might have to wait till spring for. Pulling your roof off in the middle of winter to install ZMesh or Invizimelt may not be an option. However if Ice Dams have got you beat, our GutterMelt can be installed all winter long. GutterMelt may not provide the comprehensive solution of an under roof system, but it is very effective at controlling ice dams and providing a path off the roof for melting snow and ice.

Don’t let the cold stop you from adding radiant heat. To get project specific recommendations and guidance, call one of our experts at 877-877-4724.

Anchoring Floor Heating Cables

floorizwarm-clipsInstalling heated floor systems is easier than ever. With a variety of systems from mats and meshes to free flowing cables of every size, the options for installation can feel overwhelming. Free-flowing cables provide additional flexibility when working in tight or tricky spaces. When installing free-flowing cable systems it is important to anchor the cable to the subfloor. Let’s take a look at a few of the more common ones.

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Can I Heat Bamboo Floors?

bamboofloorheatBamboo flooring materials have become quite popular in recent years. This trendy floor covering is similar in many ways to hardwood, but is actually a grass with its own unique look and care requirements.

Bamboo’s popularity is due in part to the increased emphasis on using renewable and natural products in construction. Bamboo is notably more renewable than hardwood, as new growth matures and can be harvested in just 3-5 years. It typically is heavily processed to create a variety of bamboo flooring products.

As a floor covering, bamboo is quite similar to hardwood. Strand woven or natural planks are fairly strong and durable. It is important to note that bamboo is naturally fairly lightly colored. Darker shades of bamboo flooring are achieved through a carbonization process which typically softens the material a bit.

So, can you heat bamboo floors? The answer is a firm “it depends”. Much like hardwood floors, some types of bamboo flooring pair excellently with in floor radiant heat. Manufacturers typically provide guidelines on using their product with heated floors.

When installing a heated floor system with bamboo floor coverings, the same care should be taken as with hardwood. Proper installation of the system and the flooring surface, along with proper acclimation of the floor and startup of the radiant heat will yield the best results. Electric radiant heat can be paired with in floor sensors for precise control and monitoring of the floor temperature.

For more information the options for heating bamboo and hardwood floors, check out the hardwood flooring area of our site.

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