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FAQ - Floor Heating

  1. How does it work?
  2. Can it be installed on hardwood floors?
  3. What is the electrical cost of its use??
  4. Who can install it?
  5. If I have too much cable can I cut it?
  6. Will it be enough to heat the room?
  7. Can I connect a 120-volt cable on 240 volts?
  8. What do I do if the cable breaks?
  9. Can I use my own Thermostat?
  10. Where can it be installed?
  11. What surfaces can it be installed on?
  1. How does it work?

    It is an electric wire chosen for its heating properties, when a current is applied to it. The cable is placed on the surface of the floor with spacing of three inches. The cable emits 12 watts of heating per square foot of surface. A thermostat controls the temperature of the floor. The thermostat reads the temperature of the thought a probe that is on the floor, which allows adjusting the temperature of the floor according to your preference. Like the sun, the floor emits rays of heat that will warms the furniture, the walls and the people in the room, each person absorbs the heat according to their needs and everyone is comfortable. The temperature in the room will be 1 or 2 degrees lower than that of the floor.

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  2. Can it be installed on hardwood floors?

    No, this is because there is a risk that the wood can dry and warp as a result of the heat. No, and because the hardwood floor must be nailed in, thus the nails can harm the cable.

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  3. What is the electrical cost of its use??

    Consumption can be reduced by as much as 30 %  compared with conventional convection heating (baseboard heater, forced air furnaces). This is because radiating heat is much more effective, it consumes less energy for the same cost. 

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  4. Who can install it?

    It can be installed by construction workers, many floor installers, and electrician, or a homeowner. As long as the thermostat is wired by a qualified electrician, according to local electrical code. 

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  5. If I have too much cable can I cut it?

    ABSOLUTLY NOT, this may be hazardous. Not to mention this is detectable and it will void the warranty.

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  6. Will it be enough to heat the room?

    Yes. In North America (depending on your region), we have a need of 10 Watts per square foot to be comfortable. We generate 12 watts per square foot, thus you will have all the heat that you will need.

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  7. Can I connect a 120-volt cable on 240 volts?

    No, the cable will burn.

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  8. What do I do if the cable breaks?

    If the cable is broken before the floor covering is applied, it can be repaired easily, we have a repair kit. If the cable breaks after the floor covering is applied, there are specialists that can localize the break and repair it. The floor cover protects the cable, it is in concrete, and it only serves to heat, thus there is no reason for the cable to break.

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  9. Can I use my own Thermostat?

    Yes provided it has a GFCI circuit (ground fold circuit interrupt) and can detect as well as control the temperature of the floor.

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  10. Where can it be installed?

    WarmSurfaces can be installed in a bathroom, kitchen, basement, or anywhere we want to be comfortable. 

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  11. What surfaces can it be installed on?

    It can be installed on plywood, backer board, concrete or existing ceramic vinyl tiles or granite.

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