There are all types of floor warming systems that Infrafloor offers, and there is a specific use for each heated floor system. Once you’ve decided on the type of in floor heat you will be using, you then need to decide what type of accessories you would like. Here is a brief description of the various accessory options which can be ordered with your heated flooring.
- Thermostats – There are many choices of thermostats which can power up and control your floor warming system. If you are on the frugal and simple side, you can go with a simple manual thermostat, which is no frills – and just powers up your thermostat. If you are a little more “techy” or want to program operating times for your in floor heating system, you can go with several options of programmable thermostats from various manufacturers.
- Installation Monitor – This is a must when installing your in floor heat. This handy little device monitors radiant flooring mats for a short circuit or open circuits during installation. This device will make sure that your heated flooring remains “working” while installers are working their magic.
- Back up Floor sensor- This is a 10’ floor sensor probe which is a “back up” in case the sensor you’ve installed underneath the floor stops working. The cases are rare that this happens (if ever) however, it is very inexpensive insurance for such a thing.
- Installation Help Tools – These include a multimeter – which is used to monitor resistance of your heated floor system during installation and after installation. Another handy tool is a plastic trowel, which is key to help avoiding any nicking of the cables of your in floor heat. Other items that you can add in are glue guns, knee pads and tape.
So, yes it is fashionable to accessorize when you are purchasing your heated flooring system!
Brooksville, Florida is an incorporated city in Hernando County, Florida – just north of Tampa – St. Petersburg- Clearwater. The average temperature during the coldest months is only 72°F during the day, yet – underfloor heating is popular and necessary! Why? Because even in a place that is warm and toasty like Brooksville, Florida, the temperatures in the night time can get into the mid to high forties. Yes, in- floor heat is useful south of the Mason Dixon line, not just for comfort, but also for HEAT! In fact – where winters are mild – there is more of an argument for underfloor heating to be relied upon as a sole source of heat. Also – Floridians love ceramic tile – and ceramic tile and electric radiant floor heating systems go hand in hand. “In a new construction project in ‘warm climates’, you might have people forego the installation of a furnace altogether,” said Vice President of Sales for Infrafloor, Stephen Kaempf. “They will put electric radiant floor heating throughout the house, and enjoy comfort as well as the heat necessary to endure the winter. Ceramic tile installers who understand this, and become expert in under floor heating really put themselves ahead of the rest by creating a custom niche for themselves.” This is why B________ from BR Tile is so busy laying tiles and installing in-floor heating – even in a place like, Brooksville, Florida. So, under floor heating systems are not just installed in the northern part of the United States but also are popular in areas that you wouldn’t suspect.
Summertime is a “hot time” for in floor heating. You may think I’m joking, that I have my tongue firmly planted in my cheek. Not so. Floor warming is not just for the winter time, and I will prove it, with my “Top Reasons for In Floor Heating in the Summer”: Let us hear the drum roll please!
Reason number 1: When you or your children get home from the pool, they are a slippery dripping mess. Whether they go into the mud room or the bathroom – they will leave huge puddles of water. Water for people to slip on and water that will get your socks wet. What better place to have electric radiant floor heating – which slowly will dry up even the biggest puddle over time.
Reason Number 2: Air Conditioning can create a very cold tile – and make it very uncomfortable for your feet. In floor heating can take the edge off of the cold floors –even in the summer time – and add that luxurious comfort in your private bath space. In basements – radiant floor heating can take the edge off of the cold floor, no matter the season!
Reason Number 3: 3 Season rooms and porches are typically heated by the common furnace, or perhaps a wood furnace. In the evening, it is usually cold in the three season room – but not cold enough to turn on the household furnace. What a great time to use your in floor heating for localized heat – right where you need it. Radiant floor heating in a 3 season room is a no brainer!
So there you have it – and I’m sure you can think of your own reasons why radiant floor heating is popular – even in the summer-time. Enjoy!
Located in the central valley of Northern California is the 18th largest city in the state of California, Modesto, where John from A_ Corp, has procured another order of in floor heat from Infrafloor for one of his valued customers. “John called up to talk about our cable product floor heating product,” describes Stephen Kaempf, Vice President of Sales for Infrafloor. “He had a customer that wanted to re-do the floors in the bathroom and the master bathroom and thought that radiant floor heating would be the perfect upgrade to add the sizzle to his project.” In floor heat is becoming more popular – costing just pennies per day to operate but offering loads of comfort for the investment. “Contractors can really prove they are ahead of the curve when they add floor heating to their project,” exclaims Stephen. “When the customer’s and their friends enjoy the warm floors in their bathrooms, kitchens and family rooms, the word starts to spread like wildfire, no pun intended! If contractors are smart – they will quote radiant floor heating as an option on all of their jobs. It is a great up-sell, and it really helps separate you from the pack. Also – once they become proficient in heated floor systems, they can then work with Infrafloor to become a certified installer and get referrals from our clients who are always looking for a qualified expert to help them with their projects. “ So whether it is to increase referrals and customer satisfaction, or to receive additional sources of revenue, adding floor heating to a contractor’s arsenal is a smart way to go!
In the state of Washington, straddling the southeast shore of Lake Washington, at the mouth of Cedar River, is a little town called Renton – where American Builders brought radiant floor heating to one of their valued customers. A prospect of theirs was looking for floor heating systems to be installed throughout their entire home, and after much research and due diligence, the radiant heat flooring that was decided upon was the Infrafloor Cable System. The Cable radiant floor heating system provides the lowest cost of all floor warming materials. “The labor is a little more intensive,” says Russ Dunn, Vice President of Marketing at Infrafloor, “but, if you want radiant heat flooring, and you are a bit budget conscious, it is a great option.” Another positive aspect of this floor heating system is that it allows you some flexibility in terms of the watts per square foot. If you space the floor heating cable 2” apart, you will have a 15 watts per square foot system. If you space the cable 3” apart, you will have a 12 Watt per square foot output. The cable floor heating system is designed for all types of floor coverings, including ceramic or porcelain tiles, stone tiles, carpet or vinyl tiles, and laminate and glued wood (when embedded in cement). With over 4000 square feet of radiant floor heating, someone in Washington is going to have the WOW factor in their home, which will bring much envy from neighbors, and much attention to American Builders!