Leveraging Radiant Heat for Cantilevered Office Space
In a nutshell, the Walsh project involved a bank of executive suites and a conference room in a commercial office building that had a unique challenge – they are cantilevered. While this design element creates a beautiful architectural structure, the overhang of the offices means that the floors are essentially over top of the air, rather than other offices. Quite naturally, that makes them colder than the rest of the office space because they do not have the other offices underneath to provide insulation from the elements. It’s kind of like a bedroom over the garage. It never seems to get as warm as the rest of the bedrooms.
For WarmlyYours, this was a no-brainer. Our TempZone™ floor heating system was designed to handle issues just like Gary’s. Electric radiant heating is perfect for providing supplemental heat, and in some cases, it can even be used as a primary heat source.
The floor heating installation went off without a hitch and Gary videoed the entire process. You have to take a look at it! It’s very well done and is essentially a step-by-step narration of a textbook installation.
First the high-end carpet tiles were removed and set aside for reinstallation later. Next, the installers cemented ¼” of cork over the concrete flooring to add a layer of insulation. That’s a pretty important step because it optimizes the performance of the radiant heating system.
Next the TempZone™ mesh rolls were laid out and “cut & turned” to cover the areas that were most utilized by the office occupants, like the desk area and seating areas within the offices. Each office has a separate floor heating system and programmable thermostat. Each thermostat requires that a sensor probe be installed to monitor the floor’s surface temperature. Both the sensor wire and the cold leads were run back to the thermostat. Finally, the radiant heating system was covered in two layers of thinset and the thermostat electrical hook-up was completed. And, the carpet was reinstalled!
Can you imagine a sea of conventional space heaters overloading electrical circuits and blowing heat, causing the air conditioning system to activate? Well…the folks at this office building won’t have to deal with all that…now.
You can view the full installation video here.
Vickie L. Wash, Esq.
Marketing Communications Manager
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Anonymous on 01/24/2011