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Floor Heating Mats

What You Need To Know

When the temperatures dip outside and the wind is bellowing, you will be glad you have chosen to install heating mats in your home. They have been compared to having a large electric blanket under your feet, so even going barefoot inside when the conditions outdoors are freezing, you will be warm.

What are floor heating mats and what will they do for your floors? They are mats that are installed on the sub floor of your home. A layer of thinset is placed on the sub flooring, the mat is laid on top of this and another layer of thinset is applied to the top of the mat. The wiring is connected to a junction box.

This is often easier if you have one at floor level. A sensor probe should be installed for regulating the temperature. A vapor barrier can be installed according to the manufacturer of the heating mats. The next step is simply putting down the flooring of your choice.

New Technologies - Improved Heating Mats

floor heating matsTile or laminate flooring can be used and there are no worries about the floors. The systems have programmable thermostats that will allow you to protect the warranty of the flooring. The manufacturer of your flooring will require you to limit the temperature of the mats to protect your warranty but the thermostats have certain settings that are specifically for this purpose.

In addition, the floor mats can be installed under carpeting. Only a few years ago, it was not an easy task to install the heat mats under floors that were already finished.

The typical way of putting them down was during the construction phase. The older heating mats typically required cement to be used with the systems. However, today technology has changed all of that.

What are the Advantages of Floor Heating Mats?

As mentioned since the new types of heating mats that are available today will go under virtually any floor, installing them provides a whole host of advantages.

They are energy efficient, so you will not see your heating bills going through the roof. They are also much more energy efficient than using other methods to heat your home such as space heaters and other portable heaters. They add insulation so this, in effect keeps your home warmer.

Rather than the old systems that use forced air blown through vents causing allergens and dust to float through the air, the heating mats will help reduce this problem. They are not visible so the heat miraculously keeps your home cozy and comfortable.

radiant floor heating matsA great aspect of heating mats is the installation. In order to save money if you decide to do this yourself, it is so simple that practically anyone can install them. As a matter of fact, a 50 square foot room can be done in about 25 minutes.

The mats come in standard sizes that are usually fine for most rooms. Of course, the electrical should be performed by someone who is certified and knows what they are doing. This is important for safety and ensuring that everything is connected properly.

Disadvantages of Floor Mats

The only disadvantages to the heating mats are that in some instances they cannot be retrofitted. This does not happen often, however. In addition, they can be somewhat pricey, but when considering the money they will save in heating expenses you will get a return on that investment in a fair amount of time.

There are many heating mats available that can go directly under most any type of flooring you may have. There are some types of tile that will need to be replaced in order to install the heating mats. You will need to check with the manufacturer to see which ones must be replaced.

In conclusion, if you are planning to do any remodeling this is a perfect time to add the heating mats. They are great for practically any room layout and can be used in conjunction with programmable or non-programmable thermostats. When positioned according to the manufacturer's instructions there are no cold spots, so you will have warm comfortable floors even in the coldest temperatures.