With all of the floor heating systems out there, figuring out the best electric floor heating system can be tough. In fact, it can become even tougher when you have to consider what type of flooring you’re installing. In this article, we will go over what you need to consider when determining what electric floor heating system works best for you.

Ease of Installation

Installing an electric floor heating system is normally a difficult job. The wires in the mats will create a need for messy self-levelers and mortars to create a smooth surface for your flooring to lay on. However, mats like QuietWarmth use conductive ink technology. This makes the mats thinner than a credit card, eliminating the need for extra self-levelers and mortars. This eliminates the extra headache of worrying about extra self-levelers and messy mortars.

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency plays a substantial role when considering long term expenses from your heating system. The conductive ink technology gives QuietWarmth an upper-hand in efficiency as well. Not only is the ink technology efficient by nature, but it heats the flooring more evenly compared to cables running back and forth. The cables have to run hotter to make up for the flooring area not in contact with the wire. The heat is distributed unevenly leading to hot and cold spots in the flooring.

QuietWarmth Ink Vs. Wires

We believe QuietWarmth is the best electric floor heating system for all types of floors! QuietWarmth was designed with the customer’s ease of use in mind. This is why there are three different kinds available for each type of flooring. They all heat up your floor with the same technology, but their installations differ.

Electric Floor Heating System for Laminate and Luxury Vinyl Plank

QuietWarmth for Floating floors can be installed in four simple steps – install the underlay, roll out the radiant heat film, hook wires together, have an electrician complete the final wiring. As for the underlay, QuietWarmth works best with QuietWalk as one just needs to cut the QuietWalk and run the lead wires and floor sensor inside the channel created in the underlayment. This makes the wires completely level with the heating mats, so they will not affect your flooring’s level surface. QuietWalk also creates a thermal barrier between your heating mats and your sub-floor, so the heat is pushed up into your flooring.

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Electric Floor Heating System for Tile Floors

QuietWarmth Peel and Stick mats are as simple as they sound. The mats are cleverly designed with a peel and stick adhesive on the striped side of the mat. This convenient design is less expensive to install without needing any extra self-leveling mortar to adhere the mat to a properly prepared subfloor without raising the height of the flooring. This also allows for a same-day tile installation. The factory equipped anti-fracture member will even help protect your tile floors from future shifting and potential cracking of your subfloor.

Electric Floor Heating System for Existing Floors

Already have beautiful flooring installed? No problem, QuietWarmth Retrofit Radiant Heat is built specifically for the case. The mats are installed between existing floor joists. You can install them from the basement beneath or from available crawl space. Since the mats are not installed directly beneath the flooring, they are compatible with any flooring.

Every QuietWarmth system needs a thermostat to control the temperature of the flooring. We have just launched our new QuietWarmth Smart Home thermostat! We wrote an article that shows its many features here.

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  • More and more homeowners are beginning to control their homes with a smart assistant. Smart assistants can help you control the lighting, home security, TV’s, and more. This is why QuietWarmth has Launched their New 7-day WIFI Programmable Thermostat with Alexa and Echo Compatibility.

    Smart Interaction

    The QuietWarmth 7-Day WIFI Programmable Thermostat with Alexa and Echo Compatibility is a thermostat designed to be used with any of the QuietWarmth heating mats. This includes the 120V and 240V versions. What sets this thermostat apart from the other QuietWarmth thermostats is the ability to control your floor heating system through either Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Google Home. The new thermostat also features remote WLAN connectivity. This gives homeowners a convenient way to adjust and monitor their home heating system. Controlling through smart assistants plus having remote accessibility creates a very favorable experience when controlling your system.

    Powerful Power Logging

    You can see your floor heating system’s power consumption with a few touches on display or log into your account from an app. Don’t worry about what app store you are using because the app is compatible with Apple and Android. You can see your energy use daily, weekly, or monthly. Power consumption is automatically saved to your user account as well, ensuring you always have the information available.


    The display is a 4″ colored touch-responsive touch screen display. The user interface was designed to be simple to navigate with touch screen controls. The temperature can be displayed in either Celsius or Fahrenheit for ease of use. Users do not have to worry about power outages as the thermostat has been fitted with a 5-year battery back-up of clock and calendar. This battery also enables the thermostat to remember its current settings after power outages as well.


    We do not take our customers safety lightly. This is why we equipped the thermostat with a built-in ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) that will cut power in the event of a power surge, helping protect you, your floors, and your radiant heat system. It is also ETL listed for the USA and Canada. A 10′ floor sensor is included with the thermostat so you can accurately measure the temperature of your heated floor. It also has a built-in ambient air sensor allowing easy monitoring of the room temperature.

    2-in-1 bundle

    Of course, a thermostat is not useful without mats, which is why we made our new QuietWarmth 2-in-1 bundle. This bundle not only includes the new thermostat but also comes with our new 2-in-1 QuietWarmth mat. The mat is 3 feet wide by 16 feet 8 inches long and can be cut in the middle to separately use both ends of the mat. This ultimately gives you two custom mat lengths, minimizing waste and saving money invested. If you want to learn more about the 2-in-1 QuietWarmth mat there is a page with everything you’ll need to know here.

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  • Transcription: You’ve picked your flooring style, now it is time to fill in the gaps for the other pieces to the project. Let’s talk about underlayments and how do you pick the right one for the job!? When choosing a flooring underlayment, not all are created equal. In fact, not all are universal for the type of subfloor you have. While concrete subfloors at or below grade have the potential for moisture emissions, most wood subfloors above grade are just the opposite. In general, work from the bottom side up first…Always understand what your subfloor is and address it’s needs first before picking out the underlayment for your flooring.

    Concrete subfloors are porous and no matter how old the slab has been around, they are always emitting moisture vapor. Some concrete subfloors will emit more moisture than others and this depends on many environmental and geographical factors and water table conditions where the construction is located.

    Concrete with qualifying moisture generally releases it as a vapor. It remains a vapor until it encounters an obstacle that causes it to form droplets or liquid. There are ways to test concrete moisture levels, check out the links in the notes to our other information and videos on that. But in general, when planning to install a flooring material over concrete, a proper vapor barrier is required in order to keep harmful moisture from damaging the overlying floor. Make certain your choice of underlayment lowers the rate of water vapor transmissions to an acceptable rate to protect the flooring choice.

    New wood construction can sometimes be inundated with moisture from inclement weather prior to getting roofing materials on. Saturated subfloors need time to dry before placing the flooring on top of them. Likewise, wood subfloors over an unfinished crawl space are subject to moisture, therefore make certain the underlayment choice does not trap moisture in a wood subfloor but allows it to safely dissipate. If you are installing over a conditioned room below on a second story where moisture isn’t a cause for any of the mentioned concerns, then finding an underlayment with little to no moisture protection is fine.

    After understanding any moisture concern the subfloor brings to the project, other considerations for picking out the right underlayment comes down to aesthetics and performance attributes that might be important for the living environment the flooring may reside in. Having a dense material like the recycled materials found in the QuietWalk family of products, blanket the underside of the flooring offering noise control…making the floor feel more solid underfoot, and helping floating floors act and perform like fastened wood floors. It will also properly support the joints of the floor, and will not crush over time due to normal traffic the floor will endure. There are ways to understand how underlayment materials will endure under pressure, check out the link in the notes below to our compression resistance video.

    Additionally, a second story and multifamily living environments may need a lab qualified underlayment under the floor like the QuietWalk products to help promote harmonious living spaces. All QuietWalk products are HOA recommended with independent lab testing available for sound control.

    There are many proclaimed “universal” types of underlayments on the market…it is always important to address how the underlayment will FIRST address and protect the subfloor concerns before moving on to the other attributes of the floor and installation. Starting from the bottom side up, first, is a good start to picking out the right underlayment for your new floor!

    MP Global has a product selector tool, which is handy….it can be used to really drill into what product you need based on the application and product features that are important.

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  • When discussing the best flooring for underfloor heating, there are many aspects to consider, such as thickness and heat retention. However, the most important is how easily the flooring material lets heat pass through or, for short, thermal conductivity. The best flooring for underfloor heating will have the highest thermal conductivity. High thermal conductivity will give you the benefit of faster heat-up times and less energy required to maintain a certain level of heat, making your system more efficient overall. Don’t worry; this does not mean radiant heating systems will not work with less conductive flooring materials. In fact, there is an underfloor system for almost every type of flooring! In this article, we will cover everything you need to know about radiant floor heating and how to choose the right floor covering to go with your system.

    Tile & Stone

    Due to their high thermal conductivity, tile and stone are the best choices available for underfloor heating. Not only do they let heat pass through very quickly, but they also retain the heat well, resulting in running your system less. They also have the highest maximum temperature, capable of reaching up to 84 degrees Fahrenheit and sometimes more. If you are looking for a system with the fastest possible heat up time, you should also consider going with a thin tile. As a general rule, anything over 3/4″ thickness will begin to slow your heat-up times.

    We recommend QuietWarmth Peel and Stick. QuietWarmth Peel and Stick uses conductive ink technology instead of traditional wiring inside mesh mats. This technology not only provides a more evenly heated floor but is also thinner than a credit card. This prevents any change in floor height and prevents you from dealing with any extra self-levelers or messy mortars. The same-day installation capability will allow you to peel and stick the mats to the sub-floor and begin tiling!

    Vinyl Flooring

    Vinyl flooring performs well as a conductor for underfloor heating. Since most vinyl floors are thin, it heats up and cools down quickly. Vinyl flooring is waterproof, helping prevent moisture issues. Vinyl floorings biggest set back is its temperature restriction. In general, vinyl flooring should not reach over 80.6 degrees Fahrenheit. It is important to check the vinyl manufacturer’s installation instructions for the specific temperature limit.

    Laminate Flooring

    Laminate has been a popular flooring option for the last 20 years. It’s cost-effective, easy to install, and can visually suit any decor need because one can find it in all shades. Laminate flooring will work well with underfloor heating; one needs to be a little extra careful when choosing their laminate flooring. Laminate tends to be thicker and denser than luxury vinyl flooring. You will want to ensure thermal conductivity. The thinner the laminate is, the quicker the heat up time will be, and the more responsive your system will be.

    Wood Flooring

    There are many different types of wood flooring that each have different thermal properties. Density and thickness are the two factors you will want to consider when looking for compatible wood flooring. The more dense and thin the boards are will typically mean increased thermal conductivity.


    Hardwood tends to be prone to temperature and humidity changes. Too drastic of changes can cause crowning, gapping, and cupping. If you want to install underfloor heating with hardwood flooring make sure to check with the flooring manufacturer about compatibility.

    Engineered Timber

    Engineered timber handles changing floor temperature and humidity levels well making it the best wood floor for underfloor heating.


    Bamboo is another notable wood flooring material for use with underfloor heating. It has a similar construction to engineered wood. It is also much denser than most hardwoods giving it a good thermal conductivity.

    Rubber Flooring

    Rubber flooring will depend on what kind of rubber flooring you choose. Solid rubber flooring normally is very conductive and has excellent thermal properties. However, some rubber floorings have been known to give off an odor when used with radiant heat. It is important to consult the manufacturer of the rubber flooring company to find out about its compatibility.

    Carpet Flooring

    Although there are better options for underfloor heat out there, carpet is still viable. The carpet material must not act as an insulator that blocks most of the heat. Your best bet is to choose a thinner carpet that is not designed to insulate. Once again, it is best to check with the manufacturers to ensure compatibility.

    Bottom Line

    No matter what type of flooring you wish to install, it is important to check both the manufacturer’s instructions and the underfloor heating manufacturer’s instructions. The manufacturer will most likely state the wood’s compatibility with radiant heat inside its installation instructions. If not, it is worth it to contact the manufacturer to be certain when dealing with a big investment like new flooring.

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  • Radiant heat is one of the oldest forms of heating that has ever existed. While it is an old form of heating, it has been completely revamped and is now known as one of the best ways to heat your home. Radiant heat is a type of underfloor heating that uses electromagnetic infrared waves to help heat you up. Today, some of the most luxurious homes around the world are using radiant heat.

    How Does Radiant Heat Work?

    The science behind radiant heat is fascinating. Radiant heat allows people to warm up by absorbing the electromagnetic waves that are given off. When people or other objects in a room absorb these waves they convert it to heat. Absorbing the waves allows you to immediately warm up. When the objects and people in the room warm up they are able to transfer their heat to the rest of the room.

    Unlike other forms of heating in a home, radiant heat is ideal because it warms up the objects in a room, rather than warming up the air. This allows you to be more efficient with the way you heat your home.

    If you install radiant heat in your home, it will likely take the form of underfloor heat. The installation process is simple and will allow you to receive the many benefits that it has to offer.

    Advantages of Having Radiant Heat in Your Home

    There are many advantages of having radiant heat in your home. People all over the world are looking to use radiant heat because of these amazing benefits.

    More Efficient

    One of the main advantages of having radiant heat in your home is that it is much more efficient than other forms of heat. When you have a traditional duct system in your home you often lose a great deal of heat to the crevices within the ducts. Radiant heat is also much more efficient than baseboard heating and can lower your energy costs.

    Radiant heating is one of the most efficient types of heating because it also is able to heat a room evenly. When people rely on other forms of heating they often have hot and cold spots in their house, causing them to run their system more than necessary. Radiant heating can be ran less because it heats the entire room the same. You will not need to worry about one part of the room being colder or warmer than the rest.

    Saves You Money

    Another great advantage of using radiant heat in your home is that you are able to save a great deal of money. Since radiant heat is more efficient than other types of heat you can save yourself money on your monthly energy bills.

    Improves the Quality of Air

    Everyone wants to have a clean indoor air. Radiant heat in your home improves the overall air quality. When duct systems turn on the force air through the ducts and into the home. This increases the number of allergens in the home and can be terrible for people or families with allergies. If you want the best possible air for you and your family, it’s worth considering radiant heating. It reduces the blowing around of dust and allergens leaving you breathing in fresher and cleaner air.

    Quiet System

    Radiant heat is one of the quietest heating systems available. This form of heating is silent and allows you to have peace and quiet during all parts of the day and night. Other forms of heating leave you hearing the air blowing through the vents and the noisy machinery turning on and off.

    No Maintenance

    Another great benefit of using radiant heat in your home is that you do not need to perform regular maintenance on the heating system. In fact, an underfloor heating system, like this radiant heat, requires no maintenance. This can also save you time and money in the long run.

    Installing Radiant Heat

    If you are looking to install radiant heat to heat your entire home, you will likely need help from a professional. Radiant heat is one of the ideal types of heat for any house and because of this many new homes are installing this form of underfloor heat in the homes.

    While this type of heating system is easy to install in new homes, it can be installed in existing homes. To determine if underfloor heat is capable of heating your entire home you should highly request an appointment with a professional to help you determine if your home is insulated well enough. However, if you are installing radiant heat for improved comfort and extra heat in your home, you will not need a professionals advice.

    To install this type of heat in your home you will likely need to remove your existing floors, however, this is not always essential. There are products out there like QuietWarmth Retrofit which can be installed without removing your existing floors. If you are already looking to change your floors, it may be a great opportunity to add the extra comfort to your home. If your home is air tight and insulated properly, underfloor heat is an even better option for you and your family.

    There are different ways that you can install this type of heat in your home. You can install QuietWarmth mats under floating floors, or even install QuietWarmth Peel & Stick under tile floors. These electric mats sit underneath your flooring heating it up. The flooring then transfers the heat to the objects and people within the room. These mats work well with many types of flooring, and make a great choice when improving the comfort of your home.

    The benefits of Radiant Heat Are Clear

    There are many benefits of using radiant heat in your home. If you are looking to increase your energy efficiency, reduce heating costs, improve air quality, and never have your feet cold again, this type of flooring may be the best option for you and your family. Installing this new system of heat in your home may take some time, but the benefits of this heating system far outweigh the cons. The ability to heat your home without worrying about maintenance costs is a huge benefit that all people should consider.

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