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Self-leveling pour? Warmup looks at Edge Strip Kits. - August 28, 2013 by Dave Mckiever

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This week Warmup tested the Edge Strip kits, a new “peel and stick” product to provide a perimeter border around a room in order to contain a Self-Leveling pour. It removes the need for additional caulks or wood “dams”. They are made of a lightweight synthetic cork and cut simply with a standard utility knife.

Warmup often recommends to “scratch coat” the mats or cables with a ¼” of thin set mortar. This protects the wire and allows for a more trouble free tile installation. Actually, on some jobs, the tile or stone will require a very even floor (travertine, mosaics, and oversized tiles), in which case a self-leveling cement will provide even better results. The Edge Strip Kits featured in the video below offers an interesting approach to contain a self-leveling pour.

  • Apply peel-and-stick synthetic strips to form a perimeter around the heated area.

  • Install heating mat or cable within the perimeter

  • Pour a leveling cement to the edge of the strips (about 3/8”)

For more information, visit http://www.edgestripkits.com

 

Beauty and Brains in a Programmable Thermostat! - May 15, 2013 by Keronk

When you think of floor heating thermostats, it’s hard to get too excited, right?  We just want them to keep our floors nice and comfortable during those cold and chilly days.  What if we told you Warmup has a state of the art digital thermostat that will exceed your expectations?  One that will save you more money than with traditional digital thermostats by automatically adjusting to changing external conditions to give optimal start-up times – no wasted energy.

On a cold day, it will know to switch on sooner, and on a mild winter day, it will ease on the power to ensure maximum efficiency.  More than that, it is the first thermostat to feature Active Energy Management (AEM) which prompts you to choose the best and most efficient temperature in each room. These features and more add the Warmup 3IE Energy Monitoring Thermostat to the eco-friendly family of products that are available today.   That is just a sample of the brains behind it.  As for the beauty…You can see for yourself! Click here to see it in action.

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Rock Salt Vs Sand? Nothing beats Under-Surface heating. - March 13, 2013 by Keronk

It can be tempting to go for the quick fix when it comes to clearing the walkways come winter.  Most people opt for Rock Salt or Sand. Both options are ineffective short term solutions for melting driveways and icy paths which have long term consequences…

 

Did you know that millions of tons of Rock Salt are dumped nationwide every year? This most commonly unrefined mineral form of table salt works by lowering the freezing point of water making snow harder to settle or to melt away ice that has already fallen. It’s a relatively cheap option but definitely not the best.for the task but most people don’t realize that it only works for temperatures at about 12 degrees F.

Using rock salt year after year can have huge consequences. Chlorides such as rock salt can damage the concrete stairways they are laid on and even the mechanical parts of any wheel chairs or bicycles they may come into contact with. As the ice melts away the Rock Salt is carried with it into any nearby soil, building up over time and effectively killing vegetation or entering ground water supplies meant for human consumption.

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Using Sand might be safer for the environment than using Rock Salt, it is however less effective. Sand has none of the chemical properties That Rock Salt has to melt ice. Sand merely provides traction on the surface of ice to aid walking.  This comes with many downsides, since as snow falls on top of the sand it needs to be reapplied.  As the sand is walked on, it is picked up and carried away by other people’s shoes.  It thereby becomes less effective and more sand needs to be applied to prevent slips and spills. It’s the instances where a person maybe too busy to reapply sand where a slip and fall could happen resulting in an injury and often a law suit.

Outside under -surface heating provided by Warmup’s Snow Melting Mats & Cables is the best and safest way to solve the issues caused by both Sand and Rock Salt and also eliminates the need for shovelling driveways and pathways. Warmup’s outside under –surface heating can be used under Asphalt, concrete and pavers, providing ice protection at the flick of a switch!  It’s the perfect solution for disability ramps and stairways, offering comfort to the elderly who may not feel completely mobile in the snow or ice. It also won’t damage wheelchair or mobility assistance aides like rock salt.

Be sure to get a Warmup quote now to prevent another laborious winter ritual of shovelling and salting.

Our iPad Sweepstake Lucky Winner! - December 12, 2012

Today marks a fabulous moment for Karen Rissmeyer and her family, from Powhatan, VA! Not because we are the 12.12.2012 but because she finally got her brand new iPad, courtesy of Warmup. Our Mid-Atlantic representative, Robert Heslop, met with her husband Donald at Sarisand Tile, one of our resellers in Charlottesville, VA. They took a […]

Eco-Friendly Ways to Keep Your House Warm this Winter - December 4, 2012

At Warmup, one of our goals is to make your house the most energy-efficient possible in order for you to save on your energy bills. That’s why we strive to provide you with the bestg innovative heating products. As green living becomes the best solution for the environment and future generations, you can also save […]

Installing Floor Heating Mats With Akron Ohio Moms! - November 5, 2012

We’ve recently teamed up with Cindy Orley, the fabulous blogger behind Akron Ohio Moms. Cindy needed to heat up her 130 sq ft foyer and we wanted to show everyone how easy it is to install Warmup Floor Heating products. First, she had to insulate the concrete subfloor so we provided her with our energy-star rated […]

Win an iPad 3 By Entering our Sweepstakes! - October 29, 2012

How about a little treat for Halloween? Ok maybe an iPad is a BIG treat! We are excited to launch our first ever Sweepstakes and we decided to go big with a fabulous prize for the lucky winner. Until October 31st, you can enter our Sweepstakes on Facebook for a chance to win a 3rd generation iPad. […]

How Efficient Is Radiant Floor Heating? The Answer’s Here! - October 28, 2012

We’ve been talking about floor heating efficiency for a while on this blog and we’re not the only one. We found very interesting this article from Earth Talk, which is the Questions & Answers panel of The Environment Magazine. The article deals is a reply to our their readers: “Dear EarthTalk: How energy efficient (and […]

A Guide to Kitchen Heating - September 20, 2012

As the cooler fall and winter seasons approach, our kitchen floors suddenly turn uncomfortably cold, especially in the morning when breakfast is in full mode! Well forget about putting slippers and socks for breakfast ! We have THE solution to make these kitchen floors warm; whether they are tile, stone or wooden floors. Installing an […]

The NEW Foil Heating System by Warmup! - August 21, 2012

A first in North America, by Warmup! Warmup’s new CUT & TURN Foil Heating Panels for laminate and engineered wood floors can be cut and shaped into place, directly on the job site. Heat any shape or size of room, from the basement to the bedroom to the sunroom or the home office! How it works […]

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