Thermosoft's announced that its radiant floor heating systems are no longer only for the North as the polar vortex of 2014 wreaked havoc on the South. Thermosoft is now offering discounted floor warming systems to help Southerners cope with continued continental cooling.
In states south of the Mason-Dixon Line, From Texas to North Carolina, southerners are coping with the kind of frightful weather that typically has Northerners fleeing southward. Snow accumulations and ice storms have Southern governors calling for states of emergency and the weather channel naming snow storms. Winter's misery was visited on hundreds of thousands without power as heavy ice brought down trees and power lines. Paralyzed roads forced students to spend the night at school. Flight cancellations stranded people in airports for hours while icy roads caused widespread accidents, abandoned cars and huge traffic jams. Governors urged residents to stay at home. Schools and many offices were closed for days. People packed supermarkets to stock up on essentials.
Although nothing can be done about the weather, Thermosoft's floor warming systems will have southerners basking in warmth like they're sipping sweet tea on the front porch on a warm afternoon. Besides providing welcome relief, warmth and comfort from frightful weather, Thermosoft's warm floors are easy to install and save energy compared to gas-forced-air furnaces, heat pumps, baseboards and most certainly, portable space heaters.
Thermosoft electric radiant floor heating can be easily installed in individual rooms, one at a time, starting with the coldest or the most used room. Various floor warming systems and installation methods can accommodate almost any floor covering. Ceramic, marble, porcelain and stone tile floors are some of the most common floor coverings over radiant heat. However, for those who prefer to save time and avoid cement, Thermosoft makes floor warming systems designed for fast and easy installation under floating laminate and engineered woods floors. Thermosoft's radiant floor heating systems and installation methods can also accommodate nailed-down wood, carpet and vinyl floors.
Thermosoft's electric warm floors save energy. According to The American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, radiant heating systems should reduce building heat load by 25% to 35% over convective systems that warm the air which rises and is lost to the ceiling. In addition, The United Stated Department of Energy estimates that as much as 35% of convective heat is lost in the ductwork. What's more, given that Thermosoft's electric floor warming systems can be thermostatically controlled by individual room based on use, it's easy to see the potential for significant energy savings.
Bethesda, Maryland is one of the most affluent communities in the entire United States. It was first on CNNMoney.com's list of top earning American towns in 2012, and is filled with high fliers who can afford almost anything. In this town, electric floor heating has become a must for anyone who is remodeling, and the funny thing is, whereas radiant floor heating was once reserved for the wealthy, it is not so any more. Even though the people of Bethesda might have more money to throw around, you need not be a millionaire to afford electric floor heating. Thermosoft's floor warming systems are an affordable luxury that can be purchased by all people in the remodeling mode.
"For a simple bath remodel, you can heat your floors in the bathroom for a small percentage of the overall remodeling cost, and," continued Steve Kaempf, Vice President of Sales for ThermoSoft, Inc., "it will be one of the most enjoyable and memorable features of the whole remodel. You may not notice the type of pedestal sink you put in, or the type of vanity, but how could you forget the comfortable warmth, oozing out of the floor into your feet and legs?" What's more, radiant floor heating is not just an affordable item for bathrooms. For a kitchen remodel, adding electric floor heating typically represents about 5-7% of the overall cost of the remodel, and again, it will be one of the most talked about features of the whole kitchen! As families gather to eat, or the chef of the house stands to cook, the warm floors will create a soothing, inviting environment for all involved! You don't need to be a millionaire to be able to afford and enjoy one of the greatest luxury home improvement items anymore!
Bethesda, is on the Forbes list of "most educated small towns", and this is confirmed as well with the way the entire town is embracing electric floor heating. "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that warm tiles, and subsequently warm feet, is better than ice cold tiles and feet, but, having a high IQ does make it easier to go through all the pros of radiant floor heating!" exclaimed Steve Kaempf, Vice President of Sales for ThermoSoft International. The energy savings is something easy to computer, even for the "not so bright". ThermoSoft radiant floor heating concentrates warmth near the floor (living area) where people need it, not near the ceiling. When warmth generated by the electric floor heat is concentrated near the floor, you feel warmer. Since you feel warmer, you can turn down the central thermostat. ASHRAE reports a comfortable temperature is 70 degrees F. Forced air systems must be set at 75°F to feel this warm, whereas an electric floor warming system can be set at 66°F to feel this comfortable. This little adjustment reduces your energy costs substantially. "For each degree that you turn down your thermostat, you can save between 3 and 5% on your overall bill. So - if you can turn your thermostat down from 75°F to 66°F, you will save 9 times 3-5% or up to 45% on your bill," says Steve.
Your electric utility company may also offer additional incentives for installing an in floor heating system as well! Also - programmable thermostats help insure maximum savings, and you can install one in each room to maximize savings and localize the heat.
Fox News reported that in the winter months, space heaters are the "go-to for heat-up". But what Fox omitted from the video is that electric radiant floor heat is the one fail-safe way to warm a cold room.
ThermoSoft International Corp., manufacturers of electric radiant floor heat, announced corrections to the Fox News video titled, "Four ways to help prevent a space heater fire", in the interest of transparency, full disclosure, equal time and the public's right-to-know.
According to the Fox News video, the four ways to prevent space heater fires are:
Keep space heaters at least three feet from curtains, drapes, bedding and upholstered furniture.
Make sure the space heater is certified by Underwriters Laboratories.
Never leave the space heater unattended.
Avoid using extension cords.
Despite causing 53,000 home fires in 2011, the video stated that space heaters are the "go-to" in winter months. But space heaters come up short compared to ThermoSoft electric floor heating systems when it comes to safety, comfort and energy efficiency.
Here's why. Space heaters concentrate thousands of watts of heat in one area. It's too hot near the space heater and unless one is sitting close to the space heater, it's cold and uncomfortable. Hence the high risk of fire because people often place space heaters too close to upholstered furniture and bedding where they are sitting or sleeping. Space heaters are also placed at the perimeter of the room, putting drapes and curtains at fire risk, in an attempt to blow across the middle of the room. Space heater fans cause warm air to rise to the ceiling where it is wasted and they circulate dust, dirt and other allergens.
In contrast, ThermoSoft floor heat is safely installed under the floor and evenly distributed across the room at 11-15 Watts per SF. Think of the heat from a 60-Watt light bulb spread over every five square feet of the floor. ThermoSoft is not only safe, but effective for warming the floor and the room. ThermoSoft's infrared heat does not warm the air and does not rise to the ceiling. It is attracted to people and objects so occupants feel warmer than with convection (air-blown) systems. 100% of the energy expended is used to warm the floor and the room. And, since there are no fans, Thermosoft's floor heat does not circulate dust, dirt and allergens. All ThermoSoft heating systems are UL compliant and hard-wired under the floor at installation so there is no need to worry about extension cords, leaving the floor heat unattended, or curtains, drapes, bedding and upholstered furniture. ThermoSoft floor heat systems clearly provide a superior long-term solution to winter's cold, compared to space heaters, in terms of safety, energy efficiency, health and comfort. What's more, stated Russ Dunn, VP Marketing for ThermoSoft, after over a decade in this business, I never heard of a fire started by any electric radiant floor heating system.