HeatTech Floor Heating vs. Hydronic, Baseboards and Forced Air Heating


HeatTech System Advantages

  • HeatTech electric radiant floor heating mats have an adhesive backing, which allows to secure the mat to the subfloor without the need for re-stapling and makes positioning the mat easier and faster compared to other systems on the market.
  • Cable is pre-spaced at 3” on the top-grade fiberglass mesh, ensuring optimal & even heat distribution as well as integrity of the system.
  • Unlike many others underfloor heating systems, HeatTech system emits zero EMF (Electromagnetic Field) and does not interfere with home appliances, phones, radios and other electronics.
  • Both HeatTech mats and cable are UL listed for USA and meets safety requirements for installation in a wide array of applications.
  • Compatible with all common subfloor types and perfect for stone/tile floor heating in bathrooms, kitchens, mud rooms, steam rooms, basements and many others.
  • A single 10ft long armored cold lead means easier layout and wiring process. No need for special considerations for running a second cold lead and ensuring sufficient reach to make electrical connections.
  • Up to 150 square foot coverage per single thermostat for 120V mats and up to 300 square foot for 240V mats.
  • Ability to use a combination of mats and cable makes radiant floor installation easier and allows to entirely cover any shape of the desired area without compromising comfort.
  • Multiple mats (cable runs) of the same voltage can be installed on the same thermostat.
  • Lowest price guarantee + 120-day money-back guarantee – we will beat any advertised price from any other internet retailer and will take returns with no hidden costs or surcharges.

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HeatTech vs. Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating Systems

  • At only ~1/8” thick, HeatTech electric radiant floor heating cable does not significantly raise the floors. Compare to regular 1/2” PEX with OD (Outside Diameter) of 5/8” – that’s 5 times as much.
  • Lower upfront cost vs. cost of adding an extra zone for hydronic radiant heating (includes cost of PEX tubing, zone valves, zone controls, circulators, tools, manifolds, fittings, etc.)
  • Easier installation – no complex control and pump wiring, pressure drop and flow requirement calculations.
  • Higher system efficiency – typical boilers operate at 90% efficiency, so for every $100 spent on heating, $10 goes to waste. HeatTech electric floor heating cable uses 100% of the energy to heat the floor, resulting in more efficient and environment-friendly operation.
  • Maintenance-free – electric radiant floor heating system requires no annual maintenance otherwise common for hydronic floor heating systems.

HeatTech vs. Baseboards and Radiators

  • Incomparable levels of comfort – HeatTech is a true radiant floor heating system, which creates comfort beyond the limits of a hydronic or electric baseboard.
  • Occupies zero space and requires no special design considerations.
  • Delivers the heat where its needed – HeatTech system creates a proper temperature balance by keeping feet warm and head cool, whereas convection (radiator/baseboard) system does the opposite.
  • Even heat distribution – with HeatTech, the whole floor becomes a big radiator, not just the area where baseboard is installed.
  • Does not dry the air – this is especially true in buildings with steam radiator systems that create dry air which is harsh on skin and eyes.
  • It’s safer – radiators often carry water at above 180F making them hot to touch and unsafe.

HeatTech vs. Forced Air Heating

  • HeatTech electric radiant floor heating system is a much healthier alternative to forced air, which carries an enormous amount of dust and allergens. HeatTech system is a great solution for individuals with allergies to dust mites and is recommended over forced air systems for prevention of asthma in children.
  • Quiet operation – no matter the brand, type or quality of the forced air systems, it will never match the quiet comfort of the HeatTech radiant heating system.
  • Energy-saving – HeatTech creates optimal temperature balance while foced air systems create temperature imbalance, with hot air concentrated at or above head level and cold air concentrated at feet level. This creates the necessity to keep temperature levels higher and run the system more frequently.