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Increase the Value of Your Home with Heated Floors

2015-12-04

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Are you putting your home on the market? When selling a home, making smart improvements can increase its value and catch a buyer's attention. Along with charming curb appeal and up-to-date kitchens, heated floors have become a hot commodity that buyers are looking for. In the past, heated floors were seen as a luxury, but today they are becoming more and more common in houses, condos and townhouses across the United States and Canada. So, if you're looking for an affordable upgrade that will appeal to a wide range of buyers, heated floors is the perfect solution.

In fact, according to recent reports, since 2004, North America has seen a substantial increase in the amount of condo units being built with electrical radiant heating as a standard feature. This growth is attributed to the fact that heated floors have transitioned from a luxury amenity to an efficient heating solution for all types of homes. Now radiant floor heating is one of the biggest selling points for homes across the U.S. and Canada.

Radiant floor heating is appealing to house hunters for a number of reasons. One of the major reasons is comfort. Unlike baseboard and forced air heating systems, heated floors radiate heat from the ground up. Therefore, the heat is evenly distributed to the objects and people in the room and doesn’t just rise up to the ceiling. Radiant floor heating's ability to evenly distribute heat provides a comfortable environment, as well as significant energy savings.

Households with radiant floor heating feel more comfortable with their thermostat set at lower levels, allowing them to save energy and money.

Additionally, heated floors operate silently and out of sight. They don't make noise like forced air systems do, and they don’t involve unsightly vents, air ducts or furnaces. Heated floors don't impact a homeowner's furniture layout or design scheme in any way.

With the many benefits heated floors offer, it's no wonder they are so appealing to homebuyers. So, if you want your home to sell for top dollar, ask your realtor how installing radiant floor heating can help. When you're ready to make the switch to radiant floor heating, give us a call! At ThermoSoft, we offer the industry's leading radiant flooring heating products for all types of floors. Visit us online at ThermoSoft.com to learn more. 800.308.8057.

Say Good-bye to Cold Floors This Winter with Heated Floors

2015-12-04

Wool-slippered feet

The official start of winter is just a few weeks away, and though this winter is expected to be milder than the last, many areas across the country can still expect to experience frigid and snowy weather. If you're tired of dreading getting out of bed on a cold winter morning, then it's time to make the switch to heated floors. With a heated floor you can improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home and say good-bye to cold floors for good.

Just imagine waking up in the morning and placing your bare feet on a toasty heated floor. Getting out of bed for work in the morning will no longer be a struggle. With a heated floor even your cat or dog will want to curl up on the tile or hardwood floor instead than snuggling on the couch.

What makes heated floors so great? They use radiant heat to directly heat the objects and people in a room, instead of just warming the air. Radiant heating systems allow you to feel comfortable at a lower air temperature than electric baseboards and forced-air systems, and as a result, reduce your monthly energy bill.

At ThermoSoft, we offer radiant floor heating systems for all types of floors, including laminate, wood, wall-to-wall carpet, carpet tile, vinyl tile, stone tile and ceramic tile. Our underfloor heating products are incredibly simple to install and minimize raising your floor. Here are the two industry-leading products we offer:

ThermoFloor

ThermoFloor is the world's only 3-in-1 heated flooring system (thermal insulation, sound protection and radiant heating) for wood, laminate, carpet and vinyl floors. ThermoFloor is engineered with ThermoSoft's patented FiberThermics to prevent overheating and protect against moisture and damage. This heated floor system is also made with Insulayment, a sound and temperature heating pad that provides optimal insulation while suppressing noise and heating your floor.

ThermoTile

ThermoTile is ThermoSoft's heated floor system for stone and ceramic tile floors. Like ThermoFloor, it is made with FiberThermics to safeguard your heated floor from overheating and damage. It also has four layers of insulation to protect against moisture and mechanical damage.

To maximize your comfort and energy efficiency this winter, contact us about our heated flooring systems at ThermoSoft.

How Does Radiant Floor Heating Work?

2015-11-13

Imagine waking up on a chilly winter morning and stepping out of bed onto a warm heated floor with your bare feet. Though at first reluctant to leave the comfort of your cozy comforter, you are instantly warmed up by your under floor heating system as you make your way through the house to start your day.

Tile Floor Heating

Installing an underfloor heating system is one of the best investments you can make. Though they've been around for many years, these systems have gained massive popularity in the past decade or so due to their great effectiveness. Heated floors are prized for their countless benefits, including delivering maximum comfort and energy savings. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, radiant floor heating can cut heating costs by 25 to 50 percent.

Underfloor heating systems are more effective than hydronic, baseboard and forced air systems because they heat a room from the ground the up. Floor heating evenly distributes heat across the whole floor, and the heat is supplied directly from the heated floor onto you and the objects in the room. A room's temperature is more constant compared to conventional heating systems, located in the corners of the rooms, in which the heat rises to the ceiling, cools and then falls toward the ground.

Electric floor heating systems use heat-conducting mats comprised of coils made from a material with high electrical resistance for generating heat. The wires zigzag through the mat and are wired for electricity and connected to a programmable thermostat. Floor heating can be installed to new and old constructions and a variety of different flooring types, including ceramic and stone tile, wood and laminate, carpet and vinyl. Electric heated floors are easy to install and can be installed by the homeowner.

To learn more about how floor heating works, contact us at ThermoSoft. We offer two leading floor heating systems that are ideal for all flooring types. No other floor heating systems can compare. Contact us now: 800.308.8057.

The Engineering Behind ThermoFloor

2015-10-21

Underfloor heating systems are a cost-effective and energy-efficient way to heat your home. Floor heating systems heat your home more efficiently than other heating systems – including forced air systems, hydronic wall systems and electric baseboards – because they keep heat on you and your feet, instead of letting it rise to the ceiling.

Floating Wood Floor Heating When it comes to floor heating systems, ThermoSoft offers the best products on the market. Over 1,400,000 households in North America use our electric heating products. One of our top-selling products is ThermoFloor, which is the world's only 3-in-1 radiant floor heating pad for wood, laminate, wall-to-wall carpet, carpet tiles and vinyl. This underfloor heating system insulates the slab, suppresses noise, warms your floor, and abates moisture. There is no other floor heating system like it.

The engineering and craftsmanship of ThermoFloor is what makes it so unique. This system is made with Insulayment, which is a sound and temperature insulating pad. Insulayment is engineered to insulate the cold slab below your tile, wood, laminate, vinyl or carpet floor, while also absorbing noise and heating your floor. The underfloor heat pad has air-laid filaments that form a capillary effect to absorb sound and cushion your floor.

ThermoFloor is also made with our patented FiberThermics electro-conductive heating elements, rather than traditional metal wires. FiberThermics has temperature self-limiting properties to prevent your underfloor heating system from overheating and is insulated with cross-linked polymers to safeguard your floor from moisture and damage. With the elite durability and safety properties of FiberThermics, ThermoFloor is specifically qualified to be in direct contact with flammable flooring materials, such as wood and laminate.

Along with providing superior insulation, sound-proofing, comfort and safety, ThermoFloor minimizes raising your floor and is very simple to install. The underfloor heated pads are less than 1/8" inches, and unlike other electric floor systems, they do not need to be imbedded into cement. To install your ThermoFloor, simply roll out the heated pads, duct-tape their seams together, lay the floor and form the electrical connections. The 20' lead wires get connected to one end of each underfloor heat pad, which allows for easy routing and connecting to your thermostat.

So, what are you waiting for? Say good-bye to cold floors and feet with ThermoFloor. Contact us today to install your floor heating system: 800.308.8057.

The Benefits of Radiant Floor Heating

2015-09-28

Tired of walking on cold floors? Whether it's a chilly morning or frigid winter night, walking around the house barefoot can be uncomfortable and lead to frosty feet. While you could toss on some slippers or lay down an area rug, the best way to never worry about cold floors again is with radiant floor heating.

Radiant floor heating is a cost-effective and energy-efficient underfloor heating system that utilizes the entire floor to heat your home. Unlike forced air systems, the heat will not rise to the ceiling or get lose in surrounding surfaces. Rather, it will keep heat where you need it most – on you and your feet. Heated floors are installed under your flooring and can be installed under laminate, wood, wall-to-wall carpet, ceramic and stone tile, vinyl and carpet tile. Along with providing optimal comfort, the best radiant heat flooring is ultra-thin and will not raise your floor.

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Here are some additional benefits of radiant floor heating:

  • It creates a more comfortable environment. Heated floors evenly deliver heat across the entire floor surface. The heat then radiates upward to distribute an even and efficient supply of heat. It warms your feet and legs, while also keeping the top of the room at a moderate and comfortable temperature.
  • It's out of sight. With heated floors, your heating system is out of sight. You don't have to worry about unsightly vents, heat pumps or furnaces, and it won’t affect your furniture layout or interior design scheme. Radiant floor heating is as aesthetically pleasing as it is effective.
  • It's safe. ThermoSoft's heated floors are made with its patented FiberThermics electro-conductive fiber heating elements and insulated with cross-linked polymers. These features prevent the flooring from overheating and protect against moisture and damage.
  • It won't upset your allergies. Radiant floor heating provides a healthy way to heat your home. Because underfloor heating slowly radiates heat upward, it doesn't force up dust and other allergens or circulate them in the air like forced air systems do. This makes heated floors the top choice for allergy patients.
  • It saves money and energy. Because heated floors effectively distribute heat, most people feel comfortable setting their thermostats at a lower temperature. According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), radiant heating system users are more comfortable at temperatures six to eight degrees Fahrenheit lower in comparison to conventional systems like forced-air and baseboard heat. Heated floors help you cut back on your energy usage, as well as your utility bills.
  • It can be installed to new and existing floors. Whether you’re building a new property or looking to upgrade your home's heating system, installing radiant heat flooring is quick and easy.

As you can see, there are many benefits to using an in floor heating system. ThermoSoft is a leading manufacturer of radiant floor heating and has serviced over 1 million households across the U.S. and Canada. To learn more about ThermoSoft's heated floors, contact 800.308.8057 today.

Why Our Ancestors Would Have Chosen ThermoSoft® Heated Tile Floors

2015-08-18

Did you know that the idea of underfloor heating has been around for thousands of years? Our ancestors did not like the feel of cold flooring on their feet either, so they would use smoke to keep their feet and room warm. They would actually use fire to draft smoke, which would flow through stone covered trenches under their floor dwellings. The end result would be heated floors that would help them stay warm during the long winters.

Although we no longer use smoke to heat our floors, the same basic principle still remains. Unfloor heating is an uncomplicated and highly effective way to keep a room warm. It can not only help homeowners save money on their energy bills each month; it is easy to install and will not involve any major renovation. If you are looking for a way to add comfort to your home and save a little money, try out ThermoSoft® heated tile floors.

Tile Floor Heating

Five Reasons Why Our Customers Are Happy after Installing ThermoTile® Flooring

  1. There is no maintenance. Once the electric heated flooring is installed, the work is done. You don't have to worry about leaky pipes, fans, or other issues as you would with a hydronic or forced air system.
  2. You save money. We mentioned this above, but we can't say it enough. You save money because you heat the part of the room that needs heat. Oftentimes, heat from forced air systems goes straight to the ceiling, which does you no good.
  3. You'll go to sleep at night. No more noisy fans. ThermoTile® flooring is extremely quiet, allowing for a great night sleep.
  4. No more allergies. To that same end, forced air systems blow dust around. If you're allergic to dust mites or mold, this could make your life miserable. Our heated tile flooring is hypoallergenic.
  5. You can walk barefoot again. Can't find your slippers? Not a problem when you have ThermoTile® flooring heating your floors. You'll be comfortable all year round.

Our ancestors had it right when it came to underfloor heating. Luckily, we no longer have to start a fire in order to keep our floor warm. When looking at heating systems, don't overthink things. Look for a system that is affordable, can be installed easily, and will not cause you any trouble later on. ThermoTile® flooring offers these benefits and more. Contact us today to learn more.

What is Radiant Floor Heating?

2015-08-07

Radiant floor heating has existed for thousands of years. The Romans first implemented in it by building raised marble floors. The fires which were used for heating had their flues built to channel the rising heat from the fire to flow underneath the floors. This kept feet and rooms in Rome much warmer. Centuries later, radiant floor heating was tried again, this time with hot water being pumped through buried copper popes in homes. The problem then was the copper pipes eroding and leaking. Fortunately, technology has provided us with a new means of radiant floor heating which is more effective than ever before.

Today, you can install a radiant floor heating system in any part of your home, whether you want it in just a couple bathrooms or the whole house. The form of radiant floor heating involves using special mats which have wires running through them. When electricity runs through these mats they heat up and then heat the floor above them. This provides heat to cold floors and allows heat to naturally rise up through a room making it far more comfortable for inhabitants.

Tile Floor Heating

Radiant floor heating is far more energy efficient because of where it applies heat in a home. Instead of trying to warm a whole room from the edges, like many radiators do or with hot air ducts, it comes from the bottom up. Hot air ducts apply the air to the top of the room and the heat immediately rises up and then only starts to sink back down after it has begun to cool. Radiators are always near the walls of the house, so lots of heat bleeds out immediately and it leaves parts of the room cold. Radiant floor heating can be easily controlled with a thermostat and is applied evenly across the entire room from underneath the floor.

Radiant floor heating can be easily controlled via a thermostat just like a hot air heat and radiators are. This type of heating is quiet and doesn't cause the noise that hot air heat and radiators do. It will help people who suffer from allergies, too, because it doesn't blow dust into rooms from ducts like hot air heat. This style of radiant floor heating can be easily installed all kinds of houses and underneath wood, tile and carpet floors. The installation is very straightforward and simple which means any enterprising home owner can do it themselves if they desire.

If you're looking for a more comfortable, energy efficient way to heat your home in the cold months, then radiant floor heating is the system for you.

Making Your Home More Efficient

2015-06-30

If you're looking to save money without having to think too much about it, then one of the best options is to focus on your home. There are upgrades to your home which will only cost your once and then depending on what was done will be saving you money in just a few short years. Additional bonuses that come with upgrading your home are the increased value of your house when you decide to sell it in the future, and it will be a more comfortable place to live. To list just a few upgrades, there are energy efficient windows, doors and the one we will be talking about today: heated floors.

For anyone living in a house with tiles or who has been in one, we all know how attractive the tiling is, but also how cold those tiles can be during the cold times of the year. Installing heated tile floors has numerous benefits both in comfort and for your monthly energy bill, let's cover these advantages.

  • With ThermoSoft’'s tile heating system there is no electromagnetic field so they are Zero EMF. This unique system has a current return wire and an inner foil wrap which removes the risk of an EMF. This ensures you won't have interference with televisions, pacemakers, telephones and other electronics.
  • You will save money in two ways, one by ordering ThermoTile straight from the factory thereby eliminating the middle man who raises prices. The second way you save money, is on your monthly energy bill during cold months. Heat rises naturally so heating your house from the bottom up is the most efficient way to keep it warm. Tile Floor Heating
  • Your home's tile floors will never be uncomfortable in the winter ever again because they will always be warm, which will make for some very comfortable feet. The heating throughout the house and in each room will also be far more evenly distributed.
  • The floor heating mats have special FiberThermics heating wires which eliminate overheating.
  • These heated floor mats are UL listed in the USA and Canada, so you won't need to worry about others who claim they are UL listed.
  • The radiant floor mats have four insulation layers which protect them against mechanical and moisture damage.
  • They have a lifetime warranty, so if anything stops working for some reason, you can rest easy with the knowledge you won't have to shell out more money to buy new heating mats.
  • Lastly, by removing the need for hot air heating in your home, you can help remove the amount of dust and allergens being introduced into the air. Perfect for anyone who struggles with breathing, has asthma or has allergies.

Living Healthy While Saving Money

2015-06-26

A major challenge in everyday life is finding savings while at the same time finding ways to live a healthier life style. One of the biggest pushes happening for saving people money has been the installation of solar panels on their roofs because their cost has dropped. Along with making electricity for the house they keep the house from heating up as much during the summer which reduces the costs of cooling. Information is finally reaching more people and informing them of how much energy, and therefore money, is wasted on cooling and heating their homes each year. This has encouraged people to begin seeking new methods of powering, heating and cooling their home.

One of the best methods for reducing the cost of heating your home is via radiant heated floors. Heated floors not only save homeowners money on their heating costs but it also provides a healthier environment within the house.

Heated floors evenly distribute heat throughout your entire house and can be carefully controlled with a thermostat in each room. A conventional heating system isn't able to distribute heat through air being blown in or through a radiator system as evenly due to their placement being inherently unevenly distributed. This means these systems have to expend more energy to do the same amount of heating.

Laminate Floor Heating

A radiant heated floor also has the advantage of having heat coming from the bottom up. Since hot air naturally rises, this will heat a room comfortably from bottom to top. Other heating systems heat the room up from about two feet or so up, but this means the floors are still ice cold. One of the biggest complaints from people in the winter is how cold their floor is, especially if it's not carpeted, like bathroom floors which often aren't.

Another benefit of heated floors is they don't require air vents throughout the building and the simple fact that they don't blow air. Many people don't realize the amount of dust and other small particulate matter which are blown into rooms from dry air heat. This can make breathing difficult for occupants especially those with allergies. Cleaning the filters and keeping ducts clean for hot air heat is time consuming and can be costly. Even if you're someone without allergies you will quickly notice a difference in your sleeping and breathing while at home and using a heated floor system.

Another advantage of a heated floor is you can install it yourself and you can do it one room at a time. If your bathroom is uncomfortable in the winter due to those cold tile floors you can easily install heated flooring in just that room. Then enjoy the benefits of having a comfortable bathroom floor.

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