Comfort and Well-being with Electric Radiant Heat

| by Monica Irgens
Comfort and Well-being with Electric Radiant Heat

Electric radiant heat is kept where it is needed – at the floor.  You notice this when your feet sense its comfort, making you feel warm even at a lower temperature setting.  Conversely, step on a cold floor and you immediately feel cold throughout your body.

Homeowners may feel uncomfortable due to contact with floor surfaces that are too warm or too cold. The temperature of the floor, rather than the type of floor covering, is the most important factor for foot thermal comfort. The optimal floor temperature is 75°F (24°C). 

As documented by ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-1992-R, local thermal comfort is determined by the vertical air temperature difference between the feet and the head, by an asymmetric radiant field, and by a local convection cooling (draft), or by contact with a hot or cold floor.

Thermal stratification resulting in the air temperature at the head level being warmer than at the ankle level may cause thermal discomfort. Thermal stratification in the opposite direction is perceived more favorably. 

With Step Warmfloor®, heat is kept where it is needed – at the floor. This keeps you more comfortable, even at a lower temperature setting, because when your feet are warm, you feel warmer. Also Step Warmfloor® reduces thermal discomforts due to drafts. The heat distribution in a room is optimal when the temperature is higher at the feet than at the head level.

This blog was developed by STEP Warmfloor. All posts, sponsored and un-sponsored have been reviewed and approved by the Sustainable Community Media Editorial Team to ensure quality, relevance/usefulness and objectivity.

Topics: Heating & Cooling, Radiant Heat

Companies: STEP Warmfloor

Monica Irgens

Monica is President of Electro Plastics, Inc., manufacturer of STEP Warmfloor® heating systems: a patented, low-voltage, self-regulating flat and thin heater. Monica has been in the radiant heating industry for over 20 years. She was member of the Radiant Panel Association for 15 years, served on the RPA Board of Directors as chairperson of the Electric Committee and the Green Committee. Monica is also a member of the USGBC and has been involved in the design of LEED registered buildings.

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