Bare Feet Welcome
Heated floors have brought comfort to bare-feet for ages. In the warmer climates, it is a luxury that has evolved to be more affordable and cozy, while in the colder climates, it is almost an essential part of a comfortable home. Besides the inviting warmth that heated floors can offer, it also helps to keep bathrooms dry; especially after the kids have finished using the bathroom.
Comfort heated floors provide radiant heat, which uses infrared radiation to transfer heat. This is more effective than the common forced air systems or convection systems because very little heat is lost in the transfer. Radiant heating is also excellent for people with allergies as no pollutants or allergens are present. You can pick a heated floor system from a variety of technologies, all of which have their advantages and disadvantages. The 2 most common are water and electric.
ELECTRIC RADIANT HEATING
Electric Radiant Heat (E.R.H.) is considered to be the best in technology and efficiency. It heats your floors the quickest, with high accuracy and consistency. Electric Radiant Heating systems are the easiest to install and by far the most heat consistent. At San Diego Marble & Tile, we have chosen to partner with 2 trusted radiant floor heating systems and to offer these to our customers. These are Schluter Ditra-Heat and SunTouch. Both of these work like an electric stove in that thea coils have an electric current running through them, and this makes them radiate heat. Both of these radiant floor heating systems are safe and run at low voltage with high resistance wire. This allows them to stay warm and comfortable, and never burning hot.
DITRA-HEAT is the only system that provides floor warming and uncoupling in a single layer. This combination helps to prevent movement due to temperature contraction and expansion thus removing the risk of cracking with the grout and tile.
SunTouch provides a full line of floor heating solutions for tile, stone, wood, carpet, laminate and other floor coverings. The product line consists of easy-to-lay floor heating mats to individual heating wire to snow melting radiant heating.
WATER RADIANT HEATING
Water radiant heating is technically known as Hydronic Radiant Heat (HRH). Water radiant heating systems are unique as they efficiently warm your floors and also warm the air/room. They are more cost effective to operate but are not as temperature accurate as electric radiant heating and a lot more expensive to install. This type of radiant floor heating is particularly popular in cold climates and is best installed when constructing a new house rather than during a normal remodel.