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Choose the right radiant floor heating system

When it comes to radiant floor heating systems there are a many options to consider for each type of project you are working on. What may work for one project may not necessarily be the best choice for another type of project with different floor coverings.

For example, if you are already using an electric radiant floor heating cable system to heat the tile in your master bathroom, will it be safe to use the same cable system directly under a carpet pad or carpeting project? The short answer is, it all depends on the cable manufacturer and if they specify that their cable is suitable under carpeting. For most electric radiant floor heating cables this answer will be no. The concern is the cable can become too warm underneath carpeting that it could lead to premature failure of the heating cable. Most cable manufacturers will suggest their cable to be embedded underneath a self-leveling concrete. This will help dissipate the heat away from the cable and insure longevity of the cable.

Another example is choosing a hydronic system over a cable or mat system. Depending on the size of the project your best value is to utilize radiant floor heating systems with a gas, electric or oil boiler where the square footage of the project is more than 500 square feet. Anything smaller than 500 square feet is best to be heated with an electric radiant cable or mat.

If you have any doubts regarding your next project, please consult with the professionals at HeatMyFloors.com. They have a tremendous amount of experience to help guide you through making the best choice for your application. For more information, call a representative at (800) 785-8738 or visit our Electric Radiant Product page.