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Understanding Electric Radiant Floor Heating with Cables

Written by Warmup Inc on January 2nd, 2023 | Electric Underfloor Heating

Floor heating cable: what is it, and how does it work? Do you need them for radiant floor heat? There are a lot of questions when it comes to the mysterious nuances of electric radiant floor heating systems. Fortunately, you can find the answers to all of your burning questions as we demystify the elusive floor heating cable.

What is Electric Radiant Floor Heating with Cables?

Radiant heating systems use a heating element to directly warm your floor, which directly heats you and other objects throughout the room. 

While hydronic radiant heating systems use hot water to heat your home’s floors, electric radiant heat uses cables or wires. As you energize the floor heating cable, it creates heat to warm your floors. 

There are many advantages to using electric radiant floor heating, including the following:

  • Increased energy efficiency
  • Comfortable, more even heating
  • Improved indoor air quality
  • Easy installation
  • Durability and longevity
  • Environmentally-friendly 

Benefits of Electric Radiant Floor Heating with Cables

Energy Efficiency

Electric cable floor heating systems are extremely energy efficient compared to forced hot air systems. Since radiant floors heat people instead of the air, it takes less energy to achieve a feeling of warmth in your living space.

Pairing your electric radiant floor heat with a smart thermostat can take your home’s energy efficiency to the next level. Products like the Warmup 6iE Smart WiFi Thermostat use advanced technology to maximize energy efficiency and can save you up to 25% on your heating bill.


Traditional forced hot air heating systems generate inconsistent temperatures throughout a room, by creating warm zones near heating vents while leaving cold spots further away and near windows and doors. By warming your room with electric radiant floor heating cables, you are evenly heating the entire living space from the floor up.

Forced hot air systems can be noisy, especially in those cold winter months when your heat is working overtime. Electric radiant floor heat warms your home silently so you can work, sleep, and live in peace without sacrificing comfort.

Health Benefits

If you find yourself sniffling and sneezing during those long winter months while you’re cooped up inside, your heating system may be to blame. 

Forced hot air systems can blow dust, dander, and pollen into the air. A cloud of allergens can cause discomfort and cause symptoms to flare up for people with allergies or respiratory issues like asthma. 

Your home should be where you are most comfortable; electric radiant floor heat can improve the air quality throughout your home. Radiant heating does not blow air through dusty vents into your living space, so it can help alleviate allergies and respiratory issues, allowing you to breathe easily in the comfort of your home.

Easy to Install

Significantly easier to install than forced hot air and hydronic radiant heating systems, electric radiant floor heating does not require bulky ducts or expensive boilers. You can easily install electric radiant floors during most remodels.

You can install electric radiant floor heating under almost any flooring material, with products like Warmup’s Foil Heater System , which allows you to install radiant heat under carpet. 

You can easily install electric radiant floor heating during most remodels or underneath a tile underlayment. Unlike hydronic radiant heat, which requires a boiler and significant additional plumbing, you can install electric radiant floor heat with minimal extra electrical work.

Durability and Longevity

Built with minimal moving parts and rugged materials, electric radiant floor heating systems possess unmatched durability and longevity. 

Unlike traditional heating systems, which have parts that wear out and need to be replaced, floor heating cables won’t wear with age or need to be updated. Forced hot air systems and hydronic heat require annual maintenance, however electric radiant heating works consistently and efficiently without scheduled maintenance programs.

Environmentally Friendly

Electric radiant floor heating can warm living spaces more evenly, accurately, and consistently, resulting in less energy use for a more comfortable home. Not only is this energy efficiency good for your wallet, but it’s good for the environment, too; using electric radiant floor heat can save you up to 25% on your heating bill and reduce carbon emissions.

Work with the Best: Radiant Floor Heating From Warmup

For over 25 years, Warmup has been using cutting-edge research to develop its industry-leading electric floor heating products. With more than 2 million products sold in over 70 countries, Warmup floor heating cables have been installed in slabs and in conjunction with their DCM-PRO Heated Uncoupling System with resounding success worldwide. 

Contact Warmup today for more information, check out their library of videos and product literature, or get easy, instant pricing from the comfort of your own home with Warmup’s Quote Selector.

Don’t put off comfortable, energy-efficient heat for your home for another year; find out today why Warmup is the world’s best-selling floor heating brand!


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