Why low-voltage heating is better

| by Monica Irgens
Why low-voltage heating is better

Low-voltage radiant heating by STEP Warmfloor® has many advantages over other considerations. It is easy to install because it is a strong, yet flexible, thin plastic heating mat made of an innovative polymer blend that can be cut to size.  This mat provides continuous, even heat from an embedded electrical flat bus braid.  It is designed to be completely self-regulating, meaning it simply cannot overheat.

The safety extra low-voltage (SELV) requirements of STEP Warmfloor, normally 24-volt, can also be run from solar and/or wind power. The low voltage is safe. STEP Warmfloor radiant heating elements should not be grounded. The safety feature of a SELV circuit is that it lacks a return path through a ground source so that an electric current cannot come in contact with a human body.

A STEP Warmfloor heating element submerged and tested in water

STEP Warmfloor is great for wet areas!  Because of it polymer design and low voltage it is perfect for those often wet areas such as bathrooms, entries, laundry areas, etc.

Low-voltage radiant heating is safe, providing evenly distributed heat without major remodeling. All materials used in the STEP Warmfloor system are ecologically safe, including the polyethylene. It does not produce hazardous gases, and is bio-degradable in sunlight.  It has met the stringent international ETL listing protocol and conforms to the ANSI/UL-1693 standard. For more information visit www.warmfloor.com.

Topics: Flooring, Heating & Cooling, Indoor Air Quality, Insulation

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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