Radiant heat enhances comfort because radiant systems warm the floor and the objects in the room. This prevents your body from losing heat to cold objects in the room.
This is due to the scientific fact that heat energy is always drawn to cold objects. When we stand on a cold floor or next to a cold wall, we feel cold. This has nothing to do with the air temperature and everything to do with the fact that heat is being lost from our bodies to warm up the cold objects around us. This heat loss is controlled with radiant heating.
Infloor Radiant Heat Increases Comfort
Do you know that if your feet are warm and your head is cool, you will feel perfectly comfortable?
If you look at forced air heat, we are heating our living space from the ceiling down to the floor because warm air rises. This means to get our feet moderately comfortable, the temperature at the ceiling may wind up very high. It takes a significant amount of energy to create and maintain that comfortable temperature at our feet in a forced air system.With radiant heat, we switch that temperature profile around. The entire floor becomes the radiator. The temperature at the floor level is at that comfortable range while the temperature at our head is lower but still at a very comfortable temperature. The heat radiates up from the floor, warming all the objects in the room. Everything in the room will gain a nice, warm, comfortable feel to it. Even your bare feet propped up on the table will be comfortable from the warmed coffee table surface. The amount of energy required to create and maintain this comfortable temperature at our feet is significantly less than compared to forced air.
With Step Warmfloor®, heat is kept where it is needed – at the floor. This keeps you more comfortable (even at a lower temperature setting) because when your feet are warm, you feel warmer. The heat distribution in a room is optimal when the temperature is higher at the feet than at the head level.
Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
Indoor Air Quality is directly correlated with respiratory illness. The last thing you want your mechanical system to do is to distribute dust, mold spores, pollen, and other particulates throughout the structure. Because radiant heat does not blow allergens, it helps those with allergies and asthma find dramatic improvement to their symptoms. In addition radiant floor heat minimizes mold growth because it reduces the type of humidity that fosters mold and fungi growth.
The heat generated from STEP Warmfloor® gives ideal soft warmth over the whole floor surface. The heat distribution in a room is optimal when the temperature is higher at the feet than at the head level. Dust is not burned or blown around to aggravate people with allergies or asthma.
Studies from the "Sick Building Syndrome" show a direct relation between indoor climate and symptoms such as fatigue and headaches. Research shows that thermic indoor climate is also related to productivity. The level of comfort with radiant heat at lower temperatures increases productivity by 20-30%.
Surveys in schools show that a decrease in temperature of 7°F (4°C) in a room will increase the learning capacity by 10%. International Ministries of Health have determined that floor temperature for children should be between 67°F and 79°F (19°C and 26°C) and should not exceed 82°F (28°C). STEP Warmfloor® keeps an average temperature of 75°F (24°C) at 24 volts.
Safe Low Voltage System and Ecologically Friendly
STEP Warmfloor® is fail-safe when properly installed. The nature of the semi-conductive material is self-regulating and cannot overheat. The system uses SELV (Safety Extra Low Voltage) transformers that come with primary and secondary circuit breakers. There is no dangerous storage of gas or fuel, as with boilers and furnaces.
All materials used in the STEP Warmfloor® system are ecologically safe. Polyethylene is an environmentally friendly product; it does not produce hazardous gases, and is biodegradable in sunlight. Electromagnetic field values are low.