Electric Radiant Heat: Lower temperature and larger heating area
STEP Warmfloor low voltage system can be placed safely closer to the floor surface than any other heating system. With less mass to heat, the system reacts fast to its regulated temperature. This eliminates the disadvantage of a large thermo-bed heating the house when the ambient temperature does not require additional heat.
STEP Warmfloor flat radiant heating element runs at a low and even temperature over a larger surface. With a reduced operating temperature there is less heat loss to the ground. A water tubing system, for example, would require a higher temperature (120°F) compared to STEP Warmfloor (84°F) increasing the temperature loss to the ground from 5W to 10W.
Maintaining a continuous even temperature is more efficient than an on/off heating system.
The STEP Warmfloor self-regulating element acts as a floor sensor over the whole surface, supplying more wattage when cold and less wattage as they warm up. The element cannot overheat. As the electrical resistance increases, the current flow is proportionally restricted.
STEP Warmfloor heating element uses only the energy necessary to maintain an even temperature. Depending on the thermal insulation and the floor covering, the floor surface temperature with the residential elements will not raise above 78-82oF, which is more than sufficient to heat most rooms.
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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.