DANGERS OF USING FLOOR HEATING FOR COUNTERS
AVOID CRACKING RISK
Force air heating, fluid-based tube heating and electric resistive floor heating mats have been used to heat countertops in the past with modest results. These technologies were developed for general home heating and floor heating but they are not ideal for the specific needs of countertop heating.
FeelsWarm countertop heaters are the only heaters designed specifically for stone countertops without introducing a risk of cracking the stone. Below are the major differences between utilizing a FeelsWarm heating mat versus a floor heating mat on a stone countertop.
|Floor heating elements are often 2-3 inches apart, causing uneven heating and a cold edge.|
FeelsWarm patterns have spaces under 1/2 inch, allowing for uniform heating throughout the entire area without hot/cold zones. The heater is ultra-thin heater (under .025” thick) enables the heater to be mounted close to the edge of the counter.
Floor heaters typically use 120 (or 240) volts and cycle on and off to arrive at a surface temperature range. This temperature fluctuation introduces stress and fatigue in the stone, causing the potential for cracking.
|FeelsWarm Technology utilizes 12-24 volts and is engineered to keep the stone at a constant temperature.|
A floor heater’s high 120 volts can impact the contact area by spiking it well above the desired temperature. Aggressive heating also creates temperature differences within the layers of the stone. Both can produce shock to the stone, risking a fracture of the surface.
|FeelsWarm uses a passive warming system to slowly warm the stone, taking 90 minutes to raise the temperature. This slow warming approach and lack of temperature pulsing eliminates the shock into the stone.|
|Floor heating coils can only be used on new countertop installations and can not be applied to the overhanging area.|
With a simple peel-and-stick application, FeelsWarm’s stick-on heating mats are perfect for exisiting countertop overhangs. FeelsWarm also offers customizable heaters for new countertop installations.
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