The Digital MultiMeter (sometimes called an Ohm Meter) is one of the most important tools for installing electric floor heat. Testing the wiring in mats and cables with a MultiMeter can prevent costly repairs by alerting you to any breaks or malfunctions in the wiring of a heating system before you install flooring over it. Check the resistance (ohms) of all mats, cables, and thermostat sensor wires before and after attaching them to the subfloor and again after installing flooring over them.
One of the most common complaints we hear from homeowners is that their basement is much colder than the rest of the house, often to the point of being too uncomfortable to spend any amount of time there. Whether your basement is finished already or if you are planning on finishing it soon, there are solutions available to create a comfortable living environment in your basement.
Mats attached to the same thermostat will heat to the same temperature. This is why it is recommended that every room have its own thermostat since every room has its own base temperature. It is also strongly recommended that areas with different types of flooring or subflooring be heated with different thermostats.
Radiant heated floors may seem like a relatively recent innovation to most. It’s true that it rose to prominence as a common and sought-after feature in North-American and European homes in the 1980s, but the practice of heating living spaces through heat radiating through the floor goes back centuries. Ancient China and Korea
Some of our favorite bathrooms look like a luxurious and comfortable living room that happens to be equipped with a bathtub and a sink. As an ideal retreat for relaxation, contemplation and refueling within your home, your bathroom can become a haven of opulence and warmth.
SunTouch’s UnderFloor Retro-fit mats are perfect for adding heat to a finished floor. Designed in both 12" and 16" widths to fit the most common joist bay sizes, they are the only mats of their kind.
The leads on all standard Nuheat mats and cables are 10 ft long. Custom mats can be created with leads up to 22 ft in length.
While you may be drawn to a particular look or style of kitchen – sleek and modern or traditional Craftsman, for example – it’s the features you choose that will make the real difference in daily living.
Radiant floor heating adds a touch of luxury and cozy comfort to any room and it’s one of the top choices in home remodeling today. It can be used as the main source of heating throughout your entire home or as a luxury add-on in rooms like bathrooms or kitchens.
With the onset of winter and some heavy snowstorms ravaging the East Coast and Midwest, snow and ice removal counts among the most common pet peeves of home and business owners. You have a variety of options at your disposal, but which one is right for you?
What do some savvy and smart people do to save energy in their homes and lower their energy bills? We've searched around and found these 5 most frequently recommended methods that you can use too.
It depends on the type of bamboo flooring being installed. Because bamboo is technically a grass, some products made from it can be sensitive to heat and/or direct sunlight.
This is a popular question among home and business owners, and the answer is a little complicated. There are several ways to discuss the efficiency of radiant floor heating systems. Efficiency can be discussed in terms of cost, power usage, or heat output.
The Digital MultiMeter (also called an Ohm Meter) is one of the most important tools for installing electric floor heat. Testing the wiring in mats and cables with a MultiMeter can prevent costly repairs by alerting you to any breaks or malfunctions in the wiring of a heating system before you install flooring over it. Check the resistance (ohms) of all mats, cables, and thermostat sensor wires before and after attaching them to the subfloor and again after installing flooring over them.
No, both systems have the same heat output and will use the same amount of power. This is because electric radiant floor heating systems use resistance heat, meaning that the resistance (Ohms) of the cables are adjusted so that no matter what the voltage is the Watts produced per a square foot are the same.
The leads on all standard Nuheat mats and cables are 10ft long. Custom mats can be created with leads up to 22ft in length.
Unfortunately, no. We sell to people all across the U.S. and Canada. Keeping track of installers in every region and their performances would be impossible, and we do not want to recommend anyone whose work we cannot guarantee 100%.
Radiant floor heat is very affordable. However, there is no standard cost of using it. The monthly cost depends on the size of the area being heated and how much your electricity provider charges per kilowatt hour (KWH).
SunTouch has made a lot of improvements to what was already fantastic cable system with their new WarmWire 3.0 cables—and without increasing the cost!
Absolutely! Both cable systems are compatible with the Ditra Heat Membrane, so you don’t need to sacrifice the quality of your floor heating cables or thermostats to use Schluter’s new insulation membrane.
A quick glance at the differences between WarmWire, Nuheat Cable, and the Ditra Heat Cable systems.
It depends on the type of bamboo being installed.
This is one of our most common thermostat questions, and the answer is: no, we cannot provide replacement thermostat faceplates. The two parts of each thermostat are made together, and the manufacturer only supplies them in sets.
Yes, both SunTouch and Nuheat products have been thoroughly tested and are UL listed for use in shower floors and seats. However, radiant floor heating is not approved to be installed in the walls of a shower. Installing radiant floor heat in any wall is a violation of housing and electric code.
We recommend SunTouch Tape as a quick, effective way to adhere WarmWire Strap to a subfloor.
To apply self-leveling concrete before installing tile, simply mix the powder with the amount of water specified in the instructions, cover any holes in the floor such as vents or toilet rings, and pour the mixture over the subfloor until it is 1/4 in. to 3/8 in. thick.
Self-leveling concrete (also called self-leveling underlayment or self-leveling mortar) can be purchased at most hardware and home center stores. Unlike the concrete used for sidewalks and other outdoor features, self-leveling concrete comes in the form of a fine powder and contains no aggregates such as sand or pebbles.
According to the latest survey from home décor website Houzz, more than 40 percent of homeowners plan to update their spaces within the next two years.
SunTouch UnderFloor is a safe and efficient radiant electric floor heating system retrofitting an existing cold floor with heat without disturbing the existing floor covering.
SunTouch SlabHeat Cables are the best solution for true radiant floor heating installed within a new concrete slab pour. SlabHeat is engineered by the world leader in electric floor heating systems with the capability to produce enough BTUs to heat a slab, the space, and the surface people walk on. Regardless of size, shape, or thickness, SlabHeat is the way to provide heat to just about any indoor space.
ProMelt electric radiant snow melting mats install easily and quickly providing electrically heated driveways and walkways. Energy efficient and environmentally friendly snow and ice removal in the worst conditions is possible without using nasty chemicals or corrosive salt.
ProMelt electric radiant snow melting cables are the most versatile and lowest cost option for snow melting installation any size, any shape - quickly providing electrically heated walkways and driveways. Cables are ideal for steps, curved or angled areas. Cables can be used for simple rectangular areas too, but mats install faster and easier in those situations.
Nuheat Cable is an Electric Radiant Floor Heating system designed to allow installers to customize the layout instantly making adjustments to the floor heating coverage for any room. The flexible installation method lets you heat floors with curves or angles and work around obstructions like floor heating vents.
SunTouch Floor Warming TapeMats are thin for a low profile installation providing true radiant under floor heating for tile, stone, laminate, engineered wood and carpet. Made in the USA by Watts Radiant and designed for quick and easy D-I-Y installation. Energy efficient SunTouch is Ideal for all bathroom remodeling and kitchens or mudrooms in fact any rooms where added heat and a warm floor is desired.
SunTouch Floor Warming mats are thin for a low profile installation providing true radiant under floor heating for tile, stone, laminate, engineered wood and carpet. Made in the USA by Watts Radiant and designed for quick and easy D-I-Y installation. Energy efficient SunTouch is Ideal for all bathroom remodeling and kitchens or mudrooms in fact any rooms where added heat and a warm floor is desired.
WarmWire floor heating cables are similar in construction and provide heat just like SunTouch mats, but install differently and cost less. Simply place and attach the WarmWire strap to the subfloor and weave the wire back and forth between straps to create your own heated area. Cover with thin-set or self-leveling mortar and finish with almost any floor covering. You weave the wire onto the subfloor while maintaining the spacing of wires.
Nuheat is the easiest way to get a heated floor, since the mats are pre-built for you!
No. All mat voltages must match incoming Line voltage. 240v circuit must be used with only 240v mats. Combining mats of different voltages on a circuit or supplying the incorrect voltage to a mat cannot be done under any circumstances.
Since each mat uses a specific wire size, extending a wire will risk premature failure and provide too little heat to the floor.
No. That will ruin the mat. Each mat uses a different wire size and is built with a specific ohm (resistance) value, so the length must remain as it came from the factory.
If you shorten the heating element you risk premature failure and overheating. You may shorten only the power lead wire or the sensor wire.
Absolutely you can repair your Nuheat floor heating mat.
Yes, but be very careful so as not to damage the mat. See detailed instructions.
Nuheat requires a line voltage thermostat different from an HVAC thermostat, which operates at 24v. There are three thermostat options for controlling your Nuheat electric floor heating system and all include 5mA Class A GFCIs built-in for your safety.
Nuheat is an economical floor heating system. For example, a 25 square foot heated area of Nuheat will use only about the same amount of electricity as three 100-watt light bulbs. You will reduce energy costs even further by using our energy efficient programmable thermostat.
Not as long as you use one of our Thermostat’s with GFCI protection built-in; then a regular circuit breaker of proper amperage with available load is fine. If contactors or relays are used, your installation will require additional protection – check with your electrician to ensure the installation is done according to all applicable codes and all installation instructions are followed.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. This safety device terminates the electrical power to the radiant heat system immediately in the event of damage to a wire or another catastrophe. A GFCI is required by electric code for floor heating applications, just like it’s required in most North American bathroom outlets. We always recommend one of our floor heat sensing Thermostats with its built-in GFCI protection.
There is no up or down. Either side can be up or down, so you cannot do it wrong.
Absolutely! Nuheat Mats are built to ensure your safety. Nuheat’s innovative design encapsulates every wire within the mat in two layers of insulation; the standard plastic insulation that all wires are required to have and an additional outer braid of stainless steel.
The cold lead (aka power lead or cold tail) is 10’ long and can be shortened freely. If you need a LONGER lead it can be extended in 2 ways
Nuheat is the only floor heating manufacturer that can build you a custom heat mat.
Let Warm Your Floor design the system for you at no charge! Provide us with an accurately measured floor plan of the room where you would like to install Nuheat's in floor heating system.
Installing Nuheat is easy. The electric floor heat mats are ready fit right out of the box and are installed on top of the subfloor right under the flooring. Whether a standard size (square or rectangular shaped) or custom-made to fit your room (with angles and curves), Nuheat's electric floor heat mats are ready for any project, whether it's a new tile floor in the bathroom and kitchen or a laminate wood floor in the family room, you do not need to string out, cut or splice any heating wires to do the job.
Choose the Radiant Floor Heating Experts — buy Right here. Warm Your Floor stocks every size of Nuheat mats in both 120v and 240v, as well as all controls and accessories for your floor heating project.
Nuheat offers an excellent, quarter century long warranty on all radiant floor heating mats. Nuheat Industries Ltd warrants each Nuheat mat that it manufactures to be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of 25 years from the date of purchase.
Nuheat has heated floors throughout North America. California and Florida have many warm floors, thanks to Nuheat. Concrete slabs are cold no matter where you are and Nuheat’s pre-built heating mats can eliminate the cold feet associated with cold floors.
Nuheat is perfect for master bathrooms, kitchens, kid’s bathrooms, mudrooms, sunrooms and family rooms; really, any room where you spend time and would appreciate a warm floor. Many customers tell us that the master bathroom is the first to receive warm floors and then the desire for more heated floors spreads to other rooms.
With 120 different mats available in either 120 or 240 volts there is a Nuheat Mat or combination of mats that will provide you with years of comfortable floor heating. And, all sizes are in stock at Warm Your Floor. Every one, every day.
Nuheat Industries Ltd is a premier manufacturer of both standard and custom radiant electric floor heating mats. Based in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Nuheat™ offers 120 standard size pre-built square & rectangular floor heating mats that are ready to fit your room and will keep almost any flooring at a warm and comfortable temperature that you set on the thermostat control. All Nuheat mats are less than 1/8” thin and are available in 120V or 240V (aka 110V or 220V), and you can install 150 square feet of 120V mats per control, or 300 square feet of 240V. Warm tiles can be yours overnight with the Nuheat under floor heating system.
People often ask us if they should be using cork insulation for their heated concrete flooring. We tell them that many contractors & homeowners recommend that you insulate between an existing concrete slab & your new Electric Radiant Floor Heating System. Insulation is not required, but many customers like to install a "thermal break" while they are installing new floor heating over a slab subfloor. Heat transfers to cold material, meaning warm objects or surfaces transfer heat to cold ones. An Insulating material on top of the slab and under the Electric Radiant Floor Heat elements will slow the transfer of heat from the heating elements into the bottom of the slab and effectively decrease the time it takes your floor warming system to warm the part your floor that matters.
Changing out your ceiling heat for floor heat systems is easy! On the same exact circuit floor heat can heat the same zones that were heated using the ceiling heat! Replacing your old ceiling heat with floor heat prevents your head from overheating and gets the heat to where you need it..your feet! Here at Warm Your Floor, we have had many customers replace their failed or failing ceiling heat with floor heat.
(An example of this would be adding a 1.5 Amp 180 watt Towel Warmer onto a Floor warming circuit of 10 amps / 1200 watts).
The electric radiant floor heating you find in many homes these days has come a long way. Did you know that underfloor warming has been around since nearly 5,000 B.C.? These primitive methods weren’t nearly as advanced as a SunTouch or NuHeat system, but the core concept of radiating heat in the floor hasn’t changed.
The key to heating any structure is providing more heat than is lost through the walls, windows and doors. Adequate insulation is key to preserving the heat generated. Smaller windows are better with energy efficient glass to hold heat in the space than large single-pane glass style. this goes the same with doors – insulated doors are a better choice than non-insulated as well.
With its radiant color display, The SunTouch SunStat View thermostat is both appealing and user friendly. Suntouch, the forerunner in floor heat technology, has advanced to the new comprehensive touch screen technology. The Easy Setup Wizard allows you to make a custom heat cycle schedule, or simply select a pre-set program that works for you. See it, Touch it, Change it.
This is based on the recommendation of thinset and grout manufacturers. Their products require a curing period before the masonry reaches its full strength. This process cannot be rushed by heating and apparently, the process can be adversely affected by the modest temperatures of the heating wires if they are turned on before 28 days (according to the thinset manufacturers).
Since each WarmWire spool uses a specific wire size, extending a wire will risk premature failure and provide too little heat to the floor.
WarmWire cannot be installed below built-ins, cabinets or walls, but rugs, hampers, scales and waste cans are OK when your finished floor is stone or ceramic. The area under the rug or other objects will get warmer, but will not cause any damage to the heating element or masonry floors. If you use any other type of flooring other than ceramic however, check with the floor manufacturer to make sure their product is suitable for a radiant floor and the objects commonly found on them.
We offer an Industry Leading 25 year warranty that is unusual in our industry. We think the product will last a great deal longer because of several design decisions we made years ago. The great danger to any heating cable in a bathroom floor is oxidation caused by moisture. So, we use a very expensive wire insulation called Tefzel by DuPont. The physical properties of this polymer are unmatched for the application, notably its water resistance, dielectric properties and long-term temperature aging. We also use oxygen-free alloys in our heating elements to give them greater longevity. No one builds a better heating element wire than WarmWire. Compare our wire construction to other systems - your choice will be clear. Furthermore, Watts is a 135 year old USA manufacturer, with $1.4 Billion in sales. So there's a Real USA manufacturer standing behind the warranty. Not an importer or offshore manufacturer. WarmWire is made in America, by Americans, for American homes. Several competitors produce their products offshore, but not WarmWire.
Radiant floors should not exceed 85 degrees F at the surface. 85 degrees is our skin temperature, so anything warmer starts too feel too warm. Floor coverings other than stone or tile REQUIRE a maximum temperature below 85 F. Most people are very comfortable between 75-80 degrees F.
We recommend using a 3/8 inch x 1/4 inch trowel to apply the thinset over the wire and by the time you have finished, you will be approximately 1/4 inch over the backerboard which is usually 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. For perimeter areas where there is no WarmWire, you will simply apply a slightly thicker layer of thinset.
Start with a good quality latex-modified thinset. Use the flat edge of a 3/8 inch x 1/4 inch notched trowel to push the thinset over and into the wire. Then reverse the trowel and use the “comb” side to rake the mortar over the wire in straight parallel lines. Work in small areas.
WarmWire is the ONLY manufacturer that has undergone INDEPENDENT testing for EMF or Electro Magnetic Field emission. The results of this testing shows WarmWire Floor warming to be the SAFEST with the LOWEST emissions. See the results don't just take a website's claims as truth or believe everything you read - look To WarmWire for Safety and testing to support our statements.
EMF stands for Electro Magnetic Field and is a byproduct of alternating electric current passing through wires and appliances. Human exposure to ambient levels ofEMF is the subject of continuing scientific scrutiny and the results are a matter of public record. For those who are concerned, the Federal Government recommends minimizing exposure to EMF in the home and workplace. Elevated EMF levels can also interfere with electronic devices including computer screens and audio equipment and is usually included on lists of causes for “sick building syndrome” and sources of interference.
There is no practical technology to completely shield an electric heating element in order to minimize EMF. The only viable approach is to spiral two wires side by side so the fields cancel each other. Watts Radiant innovated this approach years ago and was granted U.S. patent number 6,303,905. The EMF generated at floor level by radiant floor heating systems that use only one wire is many times normal ambient levels. Using dual wires for EMF cancellation is more expensive, but it is the safest choice. Any single wire heating element used in radiant floor heating is a compromise and should, in our opinion, be avoided.
Safer electronic emission practices have been adopted by manufacturers of microwave ovens, video monitors and cell phones to name a few. WarmWire has already taken this important step and is another reason why it is your safest and best choice for Floor Warming. Other Manufacturers minimize the importance of EMF…Could this be because they do NOT meet the same superior standard WarmWire meets? Is it worth the risk to you and your family? We do not think so.
This space next to walls reduces the chance of damage to the wire by in new construction or future remodeling. If these issues are not relevant in your case, it is OK to put wires within 3 inches of the wall. Definitely stay at least 4" from the toilet ring. Another good reason for the gap is to save you money. In most cases, you do not stand closer than 6” to a wall so you can use less wire by leaving a space.
If you shorten the heating element you risk premature failure and overheating. You may shorten ONLY the power lead wire or the sensor wire.
Yes. Install & attach Radiant Floor heat such as, WarmWire or Nuheat Cable to your subfloor and cover with a thin layer of self leveling mortar on top. This will add only slightly more than a quarter inch rise to your floor. The mortar spreads the heat evenly and helps protect the heating wires from sharp objects that might penetrate the floor. This installation is UL Approved. Be wary of systems that install directly under carpet - check for a UL Listing and assess their ability to withstand furniture placement and safety in the event the carpet gets wet by a spill or accident.
We know of one manufacturer of a wire for directly under carpet; but we will not sell it. We simply do NOT believe it is safe. It has a short warranty and is made offshore. What happens if you put a heavy piece of furniture right on a wire with this wire? We'll stick with our quality products that get encased in a thin layer of mortar for YOUR protection.
Here are a few rules of thumb:
1. 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch of thinset over the plywood
2. Then, 1/4 inch or 1/2 inch backerboard.
3. Then, the WarmWire wire.
4. Then 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch thinset over the WarmWire.
5. Finally, 1/4 to 5/16 inch tile.
So, the overall thickness of your completed WarmWire tile floor will be about 7/8" - 1" thick. This is only about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thicker than a cold floor without heat.
Your WarmWire will be embedded in latex modified thin set mortar. The heating element will not be affected by the residual glue.
14 gauge AWG electrical wire is appropriate for a load of 15 amps in most city electrical codes, but in all cases, follow your local code.
SunTouch radiant mats are UL Listed for use with any type of finished floor if you embed it in at least a quarter inch of masonry. As always, start with a strong subfloor, secure the SunTouch, and cover with a self leveling mortar of your choice. Once this mortar is in place, follow the manufacturer instructions for cure time and then cover with laminate or carpet. Our Favorite Self Leveling manufacturer is ARDEX. Other Manufacturers are Custom Building Products and Mapei.
No. The mat may go through a doorway but never through a wall. UL requires the heating wire to ALWAYS be embedded in mortar.
Yes. Check instruction manual to see how to connect up to three mats together in series to the LoudMouth. Remember to disconnect them before connecting to the FloorStat.
All slab-type radiant systems work best if you do not use an “on or off” strategy to control the temperature. Instead, use a modern, programmable, floor sensing control that turns the temperature down (called a “setback”) to a preset temperature when the floor is satisfied, but keeps residual heat in the slab to respond quickly when the floor starts to cool off. Each home is different, but start with a 5 degree F setback to see if the room responds the way you want. If not, you can adjust the floor temperature, setback temperature and lead time features of the programmable thermostat to get the performance you want. Try the SunTouch Programmable FloorStat and we think you will be very pleased. For smaller areas, say under 30 square feet, you might just want to install a non-programmable control and leave it on throughout the heating season.
Yes. We recommend using our double-sided tape to hold the SunTouch mat to the membrane, then thin-set as you normally would. Many customers have had success with our Premium Cork underlayment or WEDI board as well.
You can connect up to 3 mats totalling 150 Sq Ft of 120V and 300 Sq Feet of 240V SunTouch mat to one SunStat (15 Amp Load). More than 3 mats makes for an unsafe wire connection in the electrical box and violates most electric codes. So, keep it to 3 mats or less — simply choose larger mats from our selection of 67 sizes in 4 widths. You could also use a series of junction boxes to connect more mats to one SunStat, but this is seldom necessary or cost effective when you can simply choose the right mats for your project. Or, let us help you choose the correct mats.
Our mat is Underwriter Laboratory (UL) Listed for interior floor heating. We are not UL Listed for snow melting because the wire is not designed to give off enough heat for that purpose. SunTouch mats do work great for heating steps around spas and tubs. You simply need more wattage to melt snow. If you want to melt snow or heat outside areas, consider Nexans cables.
No. This also is dangerous and should never be done. The mat voltage must match the Line voltage supplied to the thermostat.
Yes, if you are using the SunStat Controls (500670 or 500675) since these superior controls use a Class 1 sensor wire, which is approved for use in the same conduit as the power lead. If you are using any other control, you must run the sensor and power leads separately.
We do not recommend it because the heat transfer will be poor below the tub. If it is a Claw foot or other free standing tub, it is acceptable to use up extra mat under this open type of tub.
SunTouch radiant mats are UL listed for use with any type of finished floor if you embed it in at least a quarter inch of masonry. But, first make sure the vinyl flooring manufacturer rates their product for use with a radiant floor. The #1 & #2 manufacturers of Resilient Flooring, Mannington & Armstrong approve radiant heat under their products, as long as the Surface temperature is 85 Degrees F or below. Please check with the manufacturers instructions.