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Trading in Your Shovels for Snow Melting Mats
- 07.10.2013 - Art Nr: 7

We didn’t have a very big driveway when I was growing up, but we did have a lot of snow. My father owned a snow blower, but somehow there was always a reason why we couldn’t use it.

“The snow’s too wet. It’ll keep dying out.”

"The snow’s too powdery. It will just blow all over the place.”

“There’s not too much, let’s just shovel by hand.”

“There’s way too much. We’ll have to shovel by hand.”

As the sweat froze to my forehead, and the unrelenting snow drifts did permanent damage to the discs in my back, I dreamt of a driveway that could melt the snow the instant it landed. The system would work like a giant toaster under the cement that could keep the driveway warm enough that the snow never stuck.

Little did I know that my invention already existed.

Snow melting mats are installed beneath the concrete, asphalt, or stone when a driveway is being laid. These mats wire into a control that allows you to turn it on and off. They can cover an entire area, or they can be installed in a tire track pattern to save energy while still allowing you to get your car in and out of the driveway.

Snow melting mats may not glow red like the giant toaster I imagined, but they do get warm enough to keep snow from sticking or ice from forming. They consume less power than you may think, but the time you’ll save not shoveling or throwing salt is priceless.

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Never Fear Frosty Floors Again
- 03.10.2013 - Art Nr: 6

I didn’t remember the bathroom tiles being that cold when I stepped into the shower, but when I stepped out, I had goose bumps so large I thought they were going to burst out from underneath my toenails. That’s because while I was warm inside of my steamy shower, the cold wintery air was creeping into the surrounding bathroom space, and nestling within the tiles of my floor.

This experience was still fresh in my mind when I first heard about electric floor heating.

To put it simply, electric floor heating systems are mats woven with a heat generating wire that lies beneath your tile (or any other flooring surface). Some of these mats are so easy to install, most of it can be done by a moderately ambitious do-it-yourselfer.

Installing a Floor Heating System

The wires within a floor heating mat work on electrical resistance. By cutting the mesh that holds them in place, you can easily create 90 degree angles to work around permanent fixtures, or fit the wires into tight corners. For mats that come equipped with self-adhesive, simply removing the backing strips will keep all of the wires in place before your tiles, flooring, etc. are installed.

Unless you’re a licensed electrician though, it is recommended that you hire a professional to install the thermostat that controls everything, but with some online tutorials, most of the work can be done yourself.

How to Use a Floor Heating System

Floor heating mats connect into a thermostat that gives you a variety of choices on how you want the system to work. For instance, you can set a floor temperature that turns the system on and off, or you can turn it on based on the temperature of the room itself.

Another option is to program the system to turn on and off according to a specific time of day. This is great if you have heated flooring in the bathroom and you want it to start running before you take your morning shower.

Warming a Room From the Bottom Up

When people think about underfloor heating, the first thing that comes to mind is toasty feet, but floor heating mats are also an effective way to heat the room itself. Unlike radiators or forced air systems where the temperature of the room varies depending on where you’re standing, floor heating radiates evenly throughout the space.

Additionally, if the surface you’re using traps in heat (like ceramic tiles), the warmth will radiate outwards even after the system is turned off, so you’ll have time to towel off comfortably before jumping into your snowsuit.

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Warming Your Floor in Winter
- 30.09.2013 - Art Nr: 5

Winter brings to mind several images: hot chocolate, snowmen, puffy jackets, and holiday lights. For many people with tile or wood flooring though, another thought comes to mind: quickly jumping back into bed after setting your bare feet on an ice cold floor.

When you decide to renovate a room in your house, whether it’s a living room, bedroom, or bath, there are a number of things to consider. Between trying to choose paint colors, flooring types, trim and furnishings, it’s easy to forget about functionality. However, when the room is in the framing stages, you have the perfect opportunity to decide how you’ll keep the room warm in the winter. Underfloor heating systems can be an ideal option.

Electric floor heating mats are laid down on the subfloor before tiles or other surfaces are installed. These mats contain wire that heats up with electronic resistance. They are wired into a programmable thermostat. These controls allow you to set a room temperature that turns the system on and off. You can also program it to turn on an hour before you wake up to avoid the aforementioned foot freezing.

Heating your floors not only makes them more comfortable to walk on, but it is also a very efficient way to heat the room. Unlike a radiator or vents from a forced air system, heated flooring distributes the heat evenly throughout the space. Also, surfaces like ceramic tile do a great job of trapping in the heat and then radiating it outward, so that the room stays warm even when the system is not running.

If you would like to learn more about Easy Warm Floor’s floor heating systems, give us a call at 1-866-225-9198.

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X10 Home Automation and Heated Flooring
- 27.09.2013 - Art Nr: 4

Home automation systems make our lives easier by controlling our appliances and providing security. Many of these systems are run on the X10 standard which uses your home's existing wiring to communicate control signals. Electric floor heating systems can integrate very easily with home automation running on the X10 platform. The automation system adds a whole new set of possibilities for floor heating.

There are many ways a home can benefit from electric radiant floor heating, especially when integrated with an X10 system. The most simple idea is to have the floor of a particular room heated before you would normally use it in your daily schedule. This can be accomplished by integrating the floor heating controls with a home security system.

For example, you generally arm your burglar alarm when you leave the house, and disarm it when you return. We can program your floor heating to turn off when you set your alarm, and then program it to turn back on an hour before you return.

Floor Heating with X10 in Small Rooms
Most people don’t realize how easy it is to heat a floor-space under 150 square feet using X10. This setup is ideal for a bathroom space where the floor heating is kept on for only brief periods of time. Electric floor heating mats can be wired straight into an X10 compatible 15A dimmer switch. The floor heating wires can run for a maximum of two hours without any worry of overheating. The dimmer control can be adjusted to control comfort level.

Floor Heating with X10 in Large Rooms
With applications over 150 square feet, the system should be controlled by an X10 thermostat. There are several options for X10 enabled thermostats on the market that could work with floor heating. These thermostats not only receive messages from the central control system, they also send information back in the form of temperature readings. Integrating radiant floor heating with your home’s existing HVAC system will provide unrivaled control and efficiency.

How X10 Works
There are two main components needed to integrate an appliance with a smart home system using the X10 language. The transmitter is usually a home computer or specialized remote. Receivers are located all around the home wherever an appliance needs to be controlled. There are two main types of receivers. One is used to accept on/off messages. The other can receive continuous signals to control dimmers, usually lights. Larger heated flooring systems would work with the on/off type in conjunction with a thermostat. Smaller areas (below 150 square feet) could work on the dimmer type when the system is programmed to stay on only for two hour intervals.

Certain appliances may also add noise into your circuitry and prevent some of the communications from being received. Noise filters can be used to minimize this problem. X10 works best over newer (1980 and later) electrical circuits.

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Easy Warm Floor on WGN News Chicago!
- 26.09.2013 - Art Nr: 3

Easy Warm Floor’s radiant floor heating systems were recently featured on WGN News in Chicago. During the three minute segment, Easy Warm Floor’s Dan Agosto discussed:

* Easy Warm Floor makes several different types and sizes of floor heating mats depending on your specific application. Whether it’s tile, flooring, carpet or any other surface, we have the solution that’s right for you.

Installation Tips
* Dan discusses how the flooring is installed, and how easy it is to hook into an existing 120v or 240v thermostat.

* Easy Warm Floor systems are all UL Listed and warm your floors with safe, low temperatures.

Energy Efficient Green Technologies
* When using an electric floor heating system, your home’s flooring traps in the heat and slowly radiates it outward, even after the system is turned off.

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The Benefits of Easy Warm Floor’s QuickMat
- 24.09.2013 - Art Nr: 2

Easy Warm Floor's QuickMat is a unique option for those wishing to add heated flooring to a room. QuickMat’s design incorporates aluminum tape strips which are used to both shape the heating cable and adhere the mat to the floor. This feature serves two main functions:

* Exposing more of the base floor
* Easily customizable layouts

Exposing More of the Base Floor
When installing floor heating mats onto a floor that will be covered in a surface such as tile, it is helpful to leave as much of the base flooring exposed as possible. That’s because the tiles will require mortar. Completely covering the surface area with floor heating mats will require you to spread mortar or Thin-Set above and below the heating elements. This is generally the case with mesh-style floor heating systems.
By leaving large areas of the floor exposed in between the heating elements, in most cases, you will only have to use one layer of Thin-Set. Quick Mat’s design simplifies this type of application.

Easily Customizable Layouts
Quickmat’s design also allows for the easiest customization of layout on-site. What does this mean? Well, let’s say that after the floor heating layout is completed a decision gets made to move an appliance like a refrigerator or a permanent cabinet fixture. By simply cutting the adhesive strips, QuickMat’s wiring can make unplanned moves fast and easy. The cables can also be offset to make them narrower for abnormal corners.

Installers love the QuickMat design. It saves time, money, and headaches by being simple and flexible. Available as both 12 and 15 amp systems, the QuickMat can heat your floor fast.

Easy Warm Floor's Sales and service experts can tell you exactly which system is right for you. Call us today at 866-886-4328.

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