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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We do not recommend the use of flooring adhesives with SunTouch. They are not designed to withstand the operating temperatures of a radiant floor. Self leveling mortars or latex modified mortars are the preferred bonding coat. Check with the manufacturer of your vinyl floor to see if the product is temperature rated for use with a radiant floor before you begin installing.
Normally, we recommend you consider a “crack isolation membrane” when installing SunTouch over an old floor, especially if the old tile is broken, cracked, or has other symptoms of slab or tile failure. If the old floor looks good (and has been there for several years), then make sure the mortar you use is recommended by the manufacturer for bonding to existing tile.
Yes. Simply tape the mat to the mortar with the double sided tape in our installation kit and lay your tile or stone as you normally would. When in doubt, apply more tape. Thinset spreads easier when the mat is thoroughly attached. You can also use a hot glue gun and put drops onto the mesh joints and masonry from above.
Building magazine has named HeatTrak Snow Melting mats one of the most cost-effective products of 2012! Their non-slip grip makes this product a must-have for winter in order to keep your home and workplace safe. They protect individuals from injury and facilities from the high costs associated with them. Every year there are more accidents
An emerging issue in the electric radiant heat industry is EMF (electromagnetic frequency) radiation. Some electric radiant floor heating companies sell only single-wire systems that release very high levels of EMF. Other radiant heat flooring companies have pioneered and sell only dual wire EMF-canceling technology. Electromagnetic fields (EMF) come from all electrical appliances, but studies show