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Are you a DIYer looking for electric radiant floors? I have been—and what a confusing product to shop for. I am in the process of finishing my basement and have looked at all sorts of heating systems. My criteria for this system is that it must be: affordable, relatively easy for a DIYer to install and a system that would produce comfortable heat, zone control and more. Electric radiant seemed to fit the bill, but which product to choose? This can be a confusing process since there are so many types—120v vs. 240v, mats vs. cables, programmability vs. no programmability—and the list is long. After shopping and researching for some time, I stumbled across EZ Floor Heat. This site didn't convey a strong brand that I like to see when making a purchase online but the price was right. I decided that I should at least call before ruling them out. What a great experience it was speaking with one of their service technicians. He made this decision a no-brainer for me. With his detailed explanations about the twin cable system (canceling virtually all EMF), amperage usage and electrical needs, analysis of my rooms and the systems that would work the best, I decided to make the purchase. I got all this great service and he didn't even know where I worked. Nice work, EZ Floor Heat. After the installation is complete, I will report back with the results.


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Concrete Heated Floors

08/18/2008 05:38 PM 697295a

Did you also know that you can use that same or similar heating element on concrete floors as well. You can use stamped concrete over top of the elements and have your floor look like tile in the bathroom, but be concrete which is very low maintenance.

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EZ Floor Heat

08/19/2008 09:42 AM JR6366

My husband and I purchased multiple floor warming systems from this company, and had a great experience. When first looking for floor warming, we had no idea we could install it ourselves, but with a little help from their technical service department, we now have radiant floor heat in all the bathrooms of our house. We are now thinking of putting it in our basement, and have no hesitation of taking on the project.

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electric floor heating

09/01/2008 12:05 PM Allison1888

I'll keep this in mind for when we do our bathrooms. A must have in our cold climate.

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A few supplemental notes

09/04/2008 03:01 PM nmottet

Technical support is indeed important when you select an electric floor heating company. While the installation is relatively simple and often trouble-free, it is good to be able to discuss different topics such as insulation or voltage selection with a qualified customer service rep.

The EMF factor mentioned in the article is a non-issue though. The EMF topic does come up from time to time on certain websites. Why? Because manufacturers can choose mainly between 2 different product designs: single conductor or dual conductor. There are pros and cons for each and ultimately, it does not matter that much which one you go with. One has the advantage of having just one lead to connect between the mat and the thermostat (instead of 2 leads: one lead runs from the begining of the mat, and the other runs from the end of the mat). It's nice to have 1 lead only, except that this lead ends up being thicker. This means it is also a little harder for the flooring contractor to install because the floor can't be leveled the same way over that thicker wire. Another advantage of the 1-lead mat system is that it does cancel out the very little EMF that a 2-lead mat will emit. However, for both mat types, EMF is a non-issue (Way way below the guidelines recommended by health associations), but some manufacturers with the 1-lead mat figured out it would be a good selling point.

An FAQ with more information about EMF, insulation or other popular radiant heating questions can be found here: http://www.warmlyyours.com/faq/

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AWESOME!

09/15/2008 06:45 PM vivi2009

If you're thinking about using floor heating, use these guys. They were great. Pricing, service, and technical support was all there.
Saw a link to this blog from their website, and thought I would post a comment. Thanks!

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Electric Floor Heating Advantages

02/23/2009 01:12 PM romeoo

A good electric floor heating system is much more affordable than any other method of radiant heating. Although hydronic (fluid based) systems are good, they are more a lot more difficult to install, and require regular maintenance. This maintenance should be performed by a professional contractor, and can be very expensive over the life of the system. If you are looking for a trouble free way to provide floor warming in your kitchen, basement, bathroom, or sunroom, this is a great way to go. ENJOY!

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Electric Floor Heating Advantages

02/23/2009 01:14 PM romeoo

A good electric floor heating system is much more affordable than any other method of radiant heating. Although hydronic (fluid based) systems are good, they are more a lot more difficult to install, and require regular maintenance. This maintenance should be performed by a professional contractor, and can be very expensive over the life of the system. If you are looking for a trouble free way to provide floor warming in your kitchen, basement, bathroom, or sunroom, this is a great way to go. ENJOY!

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Floor Heating Cables

12/11/2009 12:43 PM pwallace45

Thanks EZFloorHeat for the great service. Thought this would be more complicated to complete. You made it very easy and affordable. Keep up the good work.

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electric floor warming

05/06/2010 10:44 AM elitebuild

If you want a warm, practical and welcoming home, add floor heat to those rooms in the house most frequently used (ie: basement, kitchen, family room, or four season room). An electric floor warming system will enhance the living space by providing a warmth and coziness from the ground up that can be used year-round, while adding value to your home and reducing heating bills. The Warm Tiles® brand of floor warming is one of the most economical and trusted brands in the marketplace. It is the only system to earn the Good Housekeeping Seal.

Have fun on your next project, and use floor warming to create an inviting atmosphere for friends and family.

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Definitely worth it!

09/22/2010 05:56 PM rae888

I just purchased a floor warming system from EZ Floor Heat for my upstairs bathroom and could not be happier with the product and service! The system works exactly as it was intended to do, and I can now get rid of my space heater. The thermostat is really easy to use and the floor reaches the set temperature quickly. I also had a great experience with the person I spoke to on the phone when I had questions about sizing and voltage requirements for my bathroom and what I should order to be able to put it in myself. I would recommend EZ Floor Heat to anyone who is looking to remodel a space in their house.

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