Radiant Flooring and Ice Melt Systems

Radiant Flooring

Stepping onto ice-cold bathroom tile is a cruel way to wake up in the morning. It’s no wonder so many of us invest in extra-thick slippers and giant bath mats. But what if we were able to shed our slippers and step barefoot onto tile that’s toasty warm? Radiant-floor heating makes that possible. America N.W. Plumbing can install it in your home with far less trouble and expense than you might expect.

Radiant heating has a number of advantages: it is more efficient than baseboard heating and usually more efficient than forced-air heating because no energy is lost through ducts. The lack of moving air can also be advantageous to people with severe allergies.

An electric radiant system consists of thin heating cables, like the wires in an electric blanket, installed under ceramic tile. Because the cables are so thin they don’t raise the level of the flooring much; this makes them great for remodeling. They’re installed where warm floors are appreciated: bathrooms, mudrooms, and kitchens. Controlled by their own thermostat, these systems don’t replace your main heating unit — they augment it.

Hydronic or Liquid Floors run hot water beneath the floor via durable tubing that has a lifespan of more than 100 years. It serpentines underneath the floor and uses the whole floor as a heat-distribution system. Hydronic (liquid-based) systems use little electricity, a benefit for homes off the power grid or in areas with high electricity prices. The hydronic systems can also be heated with a wide variety of energy sources, including standard gas- or oil-fired boilers, wood-fired boilers, solar water heaters, or some combination of these heat sources.

Ice Melt Systems

Snow removal is a time-consuming and often costly task. A necessary evil. For our elderly and handicapped community it’s a real hassle, maybe even dangerous. It’s time to make snow removal easy. Traditional methods of snow removal, such as shoveling and salting are costly, messy, and labor-intensive. American N.W. Plumbing offers a superior alternative by installing a snow-melting system. Snow-melting systems circulate warm water through durable crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) tubing embedded in concrete, turf, asphalt, or sandbed. The warmth from the water warms the surface to a temperature that melts snow and ice on contact.