Efficient radiant heating provides "comfort zones"
Minnetonka, Minnesota knows winter quite well. The winters can be brutal, with ice on Lake Minnetonka reaching two to three feet thick. A 1948 house remodeled there required certain areas to be warmer than others at various times of the day. Live Green, Live Smart™ The Sustainable House received LEED Platinum recognition for the project.
Creating warm “comfort zones” in some parts of the house can reduce the heat in other areas. Live Green, Live Smart™ chose to use low-voltage radiant heat in the floors. A STEP Warmfloor system was installed in the bathrooms, mudroom/entryway, and laundry room. The STEP Warmfloor create climate zones and warm the feet; if the feet are warm, the body is warm. The electricity for this system is generated by a co-generator, minimizing cost.
STEP Warmfloor is very energy-efficient and runs on 24 volts AC/DC. It can be connected directly to solar or wind power. The warm floors are self-regulating, which means that they can never overheat. This also means that they are very safe. STEP Warmfloor is very easy to install and virtually maintenance-free. In addition to comfort, radiant heat adds value to your home.
The STEP Warmfloor can be cut to size on the jobsite and can be used under wood, carpet, stone, or ceramic floors. Unlike water-style radiant systems, STEP Warmfloor is low-profile, requiring little space and labor. Simple solutions like a radiant floor can keep you and your home warm at a fraction of a cost.
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.