How To Pick Out Floor Heating Mats

Tired of stepping out onto ice-cold tile after a nice warm shower? Don’t want to put your slippers on to grab a cup of coffee? If you are tired of the ice-cold floors in the winter or even the cooler floors in the summer then heated floor mats are the perfect choice for you. Radiant heat mats are a great way to warm up the floor in just about any room or you can install them throughout your entire house.

While the biggest perk that homeowners receive from heat mats is warming up stone or tile floors there are many other benefits as well. Heat mats are one of the most energy efficient ways to warm up a room that has tile or stone floors. The reasons behind this is that heat rises, so with a forced air system the floor never truly warms up and you have pockets of cool areas because the heat is going to the ceiling and then being pulled out of the room through the return. With heated floor mats the heated air rises from the floor in an even manner, so not only is the floor warmed for the feet the room has no pockets of cool air.

If having nice warm floors to walk on sounds good to you, and honestly how many people would say no they prefer ice-cold tile, then heated floor mats are the perfect choice. The only challenge you will face is picking out the floor heat mats, there are so many different ones to choose from. The perfect floor heat mats for your tile or stone floor is going to depend on a variety of factors, not every style will work for every house.

Installation of Floor Heating Mats

One of the best things about heated floor mats is that no matter what style you choose they are relatively easy to install. However, while installation might be rather simple, where you plan to install them is going to decide what style of heat mats you select.

If you are trying to warm up the floors without having to remodel the room, you will want to select heat mats that can be installed between the floor joists. Installing between the floor joists eliminates the need to rip out the tile or stone, saving you both time and money. However, if you are in the middle of a remodel or just ready for a new floor you can opt for heat mats that are installed directly on the sub-floor. Once you have installed the heated floor mats simply install your new floor directly on top of the mats and you are done.

Choosing A Floor Heating Mat Size

When picking out a heated floor mat you want to ensure that you get the right size. Too small and you will not be able to properly heat your floors, but too big and you can damage the heat mat by cutting it. To ensure you get the proper size you will need to determine the area of the room you wish to install it in. Based on the area of the room you will want to pick heat mats that are closest to fitting that size. In some cases, you might need to cut the mat down a bit, which is fine just as long as you are not cutting too much.

Where you plan to put the heated floor mats is also important when picking them out. Most heated floor mats can be installed under just about any type of floor without any worries or difficulties. However, what you might not be aware of is that certain heat mats can also be installed in showers.

Heat Output of Floor Heating Mats
Another big factor to take into consideration is how much heat they floor mats are going to put out. If you are simply look for heated floor mats that will warm up the floors you can select mats that have a lower heat output. However, if you want the heat mats to help warm up the entire room you are going to need mats that put out quite a bit of heat.

Thermostats For Floor Heating Mats
Majority of the heated floor mats available today come with a thermostat. Thermostats allow you to control how the amount of heat coming from the floor mats, but they also allow you to turn the unit on or off. Even though majority of heat mats come with thermostat controls not all of them do. The ones without thermostats that you can control should be avoided because it takes away your control. Heated floor mats are not cheap to run, so you want to be able to have total control.

Not only do you need to look at the individual features of heated floor mats, but you also have to look at the company itself. You want to choose a manufacturer that is going to stand behind their product. One way to determine if the manufacturer stands behind their product is to look at the warranty; most reputable companies will offer a full warranty for a set amount of time. However, a lifetime warranty does not guarantee an amazing product. Do your research on the product as well as the manufacturer before making any kind of purchase!

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