590 Telser Rd.
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
300 Granton Dr., Unit 4A
Richmond Hill, ON, L4B1H7
590 Telser Rd.
Lake Zurich, IL, 60047
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Radiant heating mats from WarmlyYours are one of the best choices for radiant heating. They provide more heat (15 watts per square foot) for increased comfort and better performance. And WarmlyYours offers an industry leading 10 year warranty on parts and labor.
Installing radiant heating for a hardwood floor can be done by the homeowners themselves or by a professional installer. WarmlyYours provides free design help to create a layout to install your radiant heating system, and, in most instances, orders are shipped the same day they are received, so you can quickly begin to appreciate the advantages of radiant heating yourself.
When choosing electric radiant heat for hardwood floors there are a few considerations that will help make the project a success. Selecting wood flooring that will be the most compatible with radiant heating will help ensure many years of comfortable enjoyment of your home.
Electric radiant heating can be installed quickly and easily under any hardwood floor. WarmlyYours offers the right radiant heating mat to use with wood floors, as well as for other kinds of flooring. For hardwood floors, the TempZone mat is used. The instructions for installation are straightforward, but there is also 24 / 7 technical support available if you need more assistance. Thin wood sleepers (strips of wood 3/8" to 1/2" thick and 1" to 2" wide) are laid down on the subfloor to create channels for laying out the heating mats, which are then set in place with self-leveling cement. The wood flooring is then nailed into the sleepers to complete the job.
Most wood flooring manufacturers recommend that the heated hardwood floor temperature be maintained between 80 to 85 degrees. This provides a warmer surface than an unheated floor, even in a well heated house, but it is not so warm that it would feel hot to the touch.
The performance of the floor will also be affected by the characteristics of the selected wood flooring. A thinner floor will typically be a few degrees warmer than a a floor with thicker boards. Some wood species offer slightly better performance for radiant flooring than others. The way that the boards are sawn can also make a difference. Quarter sawn boards are more expensive, but are more stable and less prone to swelling and shrinkage due to humidity changes. It has also been noted that darker woods will be less likely to show gaps and cracks. All of these factors should be considered in choosing the hardwood floor for your home.
Launstein, a hardwood flooring company based in Michigan, performed extensive testing on hardwood flooring of two different thicknesses, both of which were installed over a hot-water radiant heating system. Both were under an inch, however, one floor measured 3/8” thick while the other measured slightly thicker at ¾ inches. Launstein concluded that,
“Both floors were tested at a surface temperature of 80-85 degrees with no visible problems. We do not recommend going any higher than 85 degrees on your floor surface.”
The study also revealed that generally, room humidity levels impact wood floors. Launstein recommends, “a humidity level of at least 40% in the colder months when the floors are constantly kept at 85 degrees.”
Launstein tested the WarmlyYours TempZone™ floor heating system under hardwood flooring in its test lab in Michigan. The system was tested for nearly two years, running at a constant temperature of 75 degrees. Launstein gave the WarmlyYours TempZone™ system a GOLD STAR rating and cited some very impressive findings:
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