Electric Radiant Floor Heating FAQ’s2021-03-09T14:45:15-08:00

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Here are the most common Frequently Asked Questions.

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Why is the Gold Heat radiant heat floor mat not heating?2021-01-13T14:56:09-08:00

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Still need help diagnosing or troubleshooting an installation problem, constant us on the Gold Heat installation helpline at 877.789.4326 or email at design@goldheat.com

Why is radiant heat so popular in RV’s?2021-01-13T14:57:07-08:00

The benefits of radiant heat are invisible… and that’s a good thing!  No ductwork, no heat loss.  Compared with the forced-air system installed in your coach, radiant heat operates at least (25%) more efficiently to get the heat right where you need it most – at your feet, ankles and legs.

Gold Heat®️ electric radiant floor heat wafts across the entire RV space.  Given that level of complete and comfortable coverage, the Gold Heat®️ mats produce  less energy to maintain a comfortable temperature.

Why is radiant floor heat so popular?2021-01-14T11:44:02-08:00

The benefits of radiant heat are invisible…and that’s a good thing!

Electric radiant heat: It is a luxury feature you won’t see, but you’ll definitely feel.  Of all the advantages offered by radiant heating, perhaps most appealing is the fact that it’s virtually unnoticeable.

No ductwork, no heat loss. Compared with forced-air systems, radiant heat operates at least 25 percent more efficiently to get heat right where you need it most.

Picture a room in your house: Inevitably, its conventional source of heat—be it a vent, baseboard, or radiator—is doing its best to hide somewhere on the perimeter.

Gold Heat®️ electric radiant floor heat wafts across the entire space of your room. Given that level of complete and comfortable coverage, the radiant heat that the Gold Heat mats produce needs less energy to maintain a comfortable temperature versus a forced heat unit.

“Our winter weather can drop to 20 degrees below zero. Heating our home with propane costed us roughly $7K a year. Augmenting our propane heat with Gold Heat radiant heat mats as a supplemental heat source, our propane use and cost dramatically fell.”

Lewis

Barrows, AK

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Why is a Gold Heat mat rated 15w/sq ft vs. other manufacturers with a 12w/sq ft rating?2021-03-09T11:20:19-08:00

The difference between a 15 watt/sf heat mat and a 12 watt/sf heat mat is the percentage of time it is turned on.  If a 15 watt/SF mat would operate with a duty cycle of 5 minutes on and 5 minutes off to maintain temperature, then a 12 watt/SF heat mat would operate at 6.25 minutes on and 3.75 minutes off deliver the same heat.  The cost of operation would be the same.

Simply put, a 12 watt/sf mat does not provide enough heat to maintain temperature at all times.

Why do so many RV owners love their Gold Heat electric radiant heat system?2021-01-14T11:33:35-08:00

There are many things to love about this home heating alternative.

Here are our customer’s top 5 reasons:

Silence
Compared to roaring forced-air systems or the uneven heat of baseboards, Gold Heat radiant heat is attracted to whatever is close to the ground – like your feet, ankles and legs.

No swirling allergens in the air
Gold Heat radiant heat mats don’t need ductwork, (just electricity and a thermostat), so allergy sufferers don’t have to contend with dust and other indoor air pollutants and irritants circulating around the home..

Therapeutic is the therapeutic aspect that radiant floor heat offers.
Keep the heat on your feet! Gold Heat electric radiant heat mats gives a homeowner a feeling of wellness as the nonchalant heat rises from the floor to penetrate an arthritis sufferer’s lower extremities. Radiant heat keeps joints, muscles and bones comfortably warmed.

Easy to install
Looking to retrofit your current RV? Gold Heat electric radiant heat mat installation is an easy 1-step process. Looking to buy a new coach? Specify Gold Heat radiant floor heat in your next coach.

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“At my age, thank goodness for my radiant floor heat!
I now have the ability to wake up and comfortably do my morning stretches without cold legs and feet.  The warm floor heats my yoga mat to a very comfortable temperature.”

Dolly Fox
Centennial, CO

Why demand Gold Heat over other RV radiant floor heat solutions?2021-01-13T14:57:05-08:00

Simply put…reliability and fixability.  Other radiant floor heat products are not serviceable, should your floor heat stops working.

Gold Heat®️ manufactures the only hand-crafted, electric radiant heat mat product that can diagnose a malfunction and be repaired.  Typically, with other radiant heat mat products, if an area of the heat mat is not heating anymore, that panel cannot be repaired.

Why choose to install Gold Heat over other radiant heat mat companies?2021-05-12T07:45:42-07:00

Because there is no other manufacturer of electric radiant under floor heat mats for luxury motorcoaches that offers:

  • The fastest and easiest installation.
  • Supports your motorcoach installation with design assistance, installer training, and on-call troubleshooting, and technical support.
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Why a Gold Heat or Black Gold Heat mat over other radiant heat mat companies?2021-01-14T11:37:49-08:00

Gold Heat® manufactures the only hand-crafted, electric radiant heat mat product that can diagnose a malfunction and be repaired. Typically, with other radiant heat mat products, if an area of the heat mat is not heating anymore, that panel cannot be repaired.

Which Gold Heat mat is right for my floor?2021-01-13T14:58:21-08:00

What type of flooring will you use?

Gold Heat vs Black Gold radiant floor heat comparison chart

Gold Heat®️ offers two types of electric radiant heat mats:

Gold Heat®️ brand – is a customizable mat designed to go around objects on your floorplan that doesn’t need to be heated (i.e. base of a toilet, cabinets, etc.).

The design of your Gold Heat radiant floor heat will match your floorplan’s exacting measurements.  A Gold Heat®️ mat is installed under ceramic tile, porcelain tile, marble tile, and natural stone tile.

Black Gold®️ – is a thin, low profile film designed to go under vinyl, carpet, laminate, hardwood, or linoleum surfaces that are rated for radiant heat.  Black Gold is not customizable and is sold in pre cut lengths of 10” wide and 20” wide.

*Gold Heat’s®️, Black Gold®️ flooring is sold in strips and cannot be customized.

Where can Gold Heat be installed?2021-01-13T14:58:20-08:00

Here are some ideas where our customer’s have had Gold Heat electric radiant floor mats installed:

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When is the best time to install radiant floor heat?2021-01-13T14:57:08-08:00

When you are ready to replace your flooring.

Installing Gold Heat® radiant flooring requires that your existing floor be removed completely and replaced with ceramic tile. The mats are embedded in the thinset (also known as mortar), and the tile laid down like any ordinary tile job.

If you are considering new flooring, having Gold Heat®️ electric radiant heat mats installed at the same time is not difficult.

When is the best time to install Gold Heat radiant heat mats under my floor?2021-01-14T11:34:52-08:00

When you are ready to replace your flooring in your coach or buy a new one. Talk to your RV dealer and specify to use the Gold Heat brand of radiant heat floor mats.

Gold Heat electric radiant heat mats can be installed inside your motorcoach, any time of the year.

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“Carl and I decided to replace the flooring in our coach from vinyl to tile.

We chose luxury vinyl plank flooring and had our coach dealership install Gold Heat radiant floor heat throughout our coach!”

Denise, Carl & Carl Jr. Washington

Sacramento, CA

What type of thermostat does the Gold heat electric radiant floor heat mat use?2021-01-13T14:56:37-08:00

The Sinope TH1300 floor sensing thermostat includes an integral 5mA GFCI.

What tools are required for installation?2021-01-13T14:56:37-08:00

You will need the following tools:

    Multimeter

  • Staple gun
  • LoudMouth®️ installation monitor (supplied)
  • Sharpie®️ marker
  • Chisel or router
  • Tape or hot melt glue gun
What is the weight per square foot for a Gold Heat mat?2021-04-07T14:36:37-07:00

A Gold Heat mat is 2.7 lbs. and 21.44 square feet. The weight is approximately .125 lbs/ft

What is the power draw on a Gold Heat electric radiant floor heat mat?2021-01-13T14:56:36-08:00

Nominal power draw is 15w/square ft or .125 amps per sf at 120v.
Narrowest heated feature is 4.25”.

What is the minimum size of a Gold Heat mat I can order?2021-01-13T14:56:37-08:00

The minimum size of a mat is 5 sq ft. minimum heated area.

What is the maximum area each Gold Heat mat can heat?2021-01-13T14:56:37-08:00

The maximum heated area for any single mat is 108 sq ft. 120V, 15w/sq ft.

330” maximum heated area for any single mat (using the full length should be a rare occurrence because controlling the bathroom heat separately from the living room is strongly recommended.

What is the largest area that can be controlled by one thermostat?2021-03-01T15:00:39-08:00

Our standard thermostat can control 1800 Watts at 120V and 3600 Watts at 240v. Black Gold Panels are manufactured to produce 15 watts per square foot.

What is the Gold Heat thermostat rated for?2021-01-13T14:56:36-08:00

Each thermostat is rated for 15 amps, allowing it to control 120 square feet of heated area.

What is the electrical output of a Gold Heat electric radiant heat mat?2021-01-13T14:58:19-08:00

Gold Heat®️ mats are designed to radiate (14 watts per square foot and deliver about as much interior heat as a small space heater or electric fireplace.

In a mild climate, the radiant heat, from the Gold Heat®️ electric radiant heat mat, is adequate to keep the interior warm on its own.  However, in very cold weather, the furnace would still be required.

The good news is, the addition of Gold Heat® under floor radiant heat makes for even warmth distribution and reduces the amount of time your furnace has to run.  That’s green!

What is the best floor covering for Gold Heat radiant floor heat?2021-01-13T14:56:07-08:00

Porcelain, ceramic, and natural stone are the best flooring materials for radiant floor heat.  Gold Heat also can be installed under today’s LVP and LVT designs, as well.

What is the benefit of a Gold Heat mat over the competition?2021-03-05T11:51:56-08:00
  1. There is no need to get on your hands and knees to wire the floorplan.  A Gold Heat mat is pre-terminated and ready to be installed.
  2. Factory-terminated for you.
  3. A Gold Heat radiant heat mat folds out (like a tablecloth) and precisely fits the floorplan.
  4. It’s the right fit, the first time.
  5. The Gold Heat custom mat design ensures you won’t have to stuff or cut any extra wire or cold leads.
  6. Gold Heat makes itself available for technical and design support before, during, and after the sale.
  7. Made in Oregon, U.S.A.  American-built and supported.
  8. Product reliability – for over 20 years, the RV industry loves Gold Heat.
  9. Save 50% of flooring installation prep time installing the Gold Heat electric radiant floor heat product.
  10. You have a partner for your project, not just a product.
What information do I need to submit to Gold Heat to custom design my Gold Heat radiant floor heat mat?2021-01-13T14:56:36-08:00

You will need to show the floor heat border and cold lead location and cold lead length (on dedicated layer).

Make sure to include 2” space, on your layout, between where the mat will lay and unmovable items such as a toilet, walls, cabinets, and furniture.

Submit your floor plan drawings in .dwg or .dxf format to design@goldheat.com.

This is a good example of what the Gold Heat Design Team needs to produce a radiant floor heat mat to your floorplan’s exacting specifications.

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What does the Gold Heat radiant floor heat stack look like?2021-01-14T11:27:24-08:00
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The Gold Heat mat is ready to install right from the box. A customized radiant heat mat is delivered already pre-terminated with fully encapsulated connections.

Simply lay out the fiberglass mesh, Gold Heat radiant floor heat mat on the sub floor. Thinset, let dry. You’re ready to install flooring.

What does radiant heat look like under my floor?2021-01-14T11:40:46-08:00

A Gold Heat® radiant heat mat is made with a rugged heating wire attached to an open-weave mesh for an easy installation.

When your floor is powered up, through a thermal camera, you can see the heat trace distributed throughout your floor area. Those wires under your flooring is what is heating your space.

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Those yellow wires under your flooring is what is heating your space. Your floor radiates 85.2 degrees, while everything the radiant heat runs into is at 73.1 degrees.
Imagine how cozy your feet will be touching the radiant warmth of Gold Heat’s under floor heat technology.

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After your radiant heat has been installed, your RV dealership’s installation tech will read your floor to make sure that the Gold Heat system is powering up and running smoothly as it should.

Through this thermo camera, the RV tech checks for any hotspots in the wiring.

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What are the therapeutic benefits of having electric radiant floor heat in my home?2021-01-13T14:58:21-08:00

Heat causes the blood vessels to dilate, which increases the blood flow to your legs and feet. Imagine waking up in the morning with a warm floor to greet you as you start your day. That’s a Gold Heat®️ custom electric heat mat under your floor.

The undeniable benefits of radiant heat:

  • Underfloor heating avoids moulds and dust mites
  • More comfortable than forced air
  • Warm feet and lower extremities
  • No circulation of dust, pet fur, or other allergens
  • Quiet operation
  • Protects resale value
  • Maintenance-free
  • No ductwork, no heat loss
  • No more sweaty feet
  • Provides relaxation and regeneration of the body
  • Safe and reliable comfort for venous diseases
  • Reduced humidity in the coach
  • Needs less energy to maintain a comfortable temperature
What are the therapeutic benefits of having electric radiant floor heat in my coach?2021-01-13T14:57:07-08:00

Heat causes the blood vessels to dilate, which increases the blood flow to your legs and feet.  Imagine waking up in the morning with a warm floor to greet you as you start your day.  That’s a Gold Heat®️  custom electric heat mat under your floor.

The undeniable benefits of radiant heat:

  • Underfloor heating avoids moulds and dust mites
  • More comfortable than forced air
  • Warm feet and lower extremities
  • No circulation of dust, pet fur, or other allergens
  • Quiet operation
  • Protects resale value
  • Maintenance-free
  • No ductwork, no heat loss
  • No more sweaty feet
  • Provides relaxation and regeneration of the body
  • Safe and reliable comfort for venous diseases
  • Reduced humidity in the coach
  • Needs less energy to maintain a comfortable temperature
What are the specifications of a Gold Heat electric radiant floor heat mat?2021-01-13T14:56:37-08:00

The mat is 91” max width.

What are the energy-efficient attributes of a floor warmed by Gold Heat radiant heat mats?2021-01-13T14:58:20-08:00

Gold Heat electric radiant heat mats are a major draw for the eco-conscious homeowner.

The great thing about radiant heat is that it’s designed to warm your body and the things in it from the ground up (not just the air).

What are the energy-efficient attributes of a floor warmed by Gold Heat radiant heat mats?2021-01-13T14:57:06-08:00

Gold Heat electric radiant heat mats are a major draw for budget-minded or eco-conscious RV owner.

With traditional forced-air heating systems, warm air sneaks out through leaky ductwork on its journey from the furnace to your living space.

Plus, any cold air let in through an open window or poor weather stripping will quickly replace warm air, adding to the total heat loss—all of which forces your furnace to work harder.

The great thing about radiant heat is that it’s designed to warm your coach space and the things in it from the ground up (not just the air) through the Gold Heat radiant heat mats installed beneath your flooring.

What are my choices of cold lead lengths?2021-01-13T14:56:36-08:00

Standard cold lead lengths are 6’, 10’ and 20’.

Gold Heat offers other cold lead lengths, too. If you need another size, specify your need during the customized heat mat ordering process.

Should I split the mat into multiple zones?2021-01-13T14:56:36-08:00

Larger installations should be split into multiple zones to spread the thermostat load and to ensure comfort.

My home has high ceilings. Won’t the heat just rise up there anyway?2021-01-14T11:42:19-08:00

In homes with high ceilings, standard heating options tend to fall short. Because hot air rises, the gusts of warmth generated by a forced-air heating system naturally travel toward the ceiling, prompting homeowners to crank up the thermostat just to feel any heat on the main level.

However, Gold Heat radiant heat mat’s thermal radiation warms what it reaches first—your floor, the furniture, people sitting in a living space, your feet when they touch the ground in the morning.

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“My wife and I decided on radiant heat because my stiff joints couldn’t take walking on another “cold floor winter.” With the Gold Heat® radiant heat mats under my tile, it can be 30 degrees outside and my living space stays at a comfortable 72℉ degrees.”

Sid DiBlasio

Seattle, WA

My coach has high ceilings. Won’t the heat just rise up there anyway?2021-01-14T11:36:27-08:00

In coaches with high ceilings, standard heating options tend to fall short. Because hot air rises, the gusts of warmth generated by a forced-air heating system naturally travel toward the ceiling, prompting homeowners to crank up the thermostat just to feel any heat on the main level.

However, Gold Heat radiant heat mat’s thermal radiation warms what it reaches first—the floor, the furniture, people sitting in a living space, and especially your feet when they touch the ground in the morning.

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“My wife and I decided on radiant heat because my stiff joints couldn’t take walking on another “cold floor winter.”

With the Gold Heat®️ radiant heat mats under my tile, my coach’s floor temperature is comfortable 72℉ degrees when it’s below 30℉ at night .”

John & Elda Holmann

Fort Collins, CO

Is vinyl flooring good for radiant heat?2021-01-13T14:56:06-08:00

Yes!  You can lay LVP and LVT with Gold Heat radiant heat mat underneath.  Vinyl plank flooring is a great option for on top of Gold Heat radiant heat mats, especially if you need a flooring that is waterproof! Whatever LVP brand you choose, check with the flooring manufacture if radiant floor heat will compromise the flooring’s integrity.  Gold Heat had COREtec Pro Series LVT & LVP installed in our showroom, and it is working out beautifully.  Contact us to visit our showroom, any time.

Is it safe to install Gold Heat radiant floor heat in a shower?2021-04-22T09:52:00-07:00

Yes! Gold Heat electric radiant floor heat has been thoroughly tested and is UL and Canadian listed for use in shower floors. However, radiant floor heating is not approved to be installed in the walls of a shower and it is recommended that separate mats be used to heat the shower floor and the bathroom floor.

Is installing Gold Heat electric radiant floor heat really ready to install out-of-the-box?2021-01-13T14:56:37-08:00

Yes it is!

  1. Take the heat mat out of the box.
  2. Lay it out over your floor plan.
  3. Apply thin set.
  4. Tile the same day!
Is Gold Heat under floor radiant heat mats expensive to install?2021-01-14T11:43:14-08:00

No, generally underfloor heating solutions are quicker and cheaper to install than a hydronic under floor heating solution.   The installation of the Gold Heat®️ mats are completed in one-step which means installation costs are way down.

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“At my age, thank goodness for my radiant floor heat! I now have the ability to wake up and comfortably do my morning stretches without cold legs and feet.  The warm floor heats my yoga mat to a very comfortable temperature.”

Nancy Rodriguez

Gold Heat® Customer

Idaho Falls, ID

Is Gold Heat radiant heat expensive to retrofit into my coach?2021-01-13T14:57:07-08:00

Generally underfloor heating solutions are quicker and cheaper to install than other radiant heat solutions.  The installation of the Gold Heat®️ mats are completed in one-step which means installation costs are way down.

Is Gold Heat electric radiant heat manufactured in the USA?2021-01-13T14:56:08-08:00

Yes!  Gold Heat electric radiant heat products are designed and hand-assembled and manufactured in the U.S.A., in our hometown of Hillsboro, OR.

Is Black Gold UL listed?2021-03-01T15:42:14-08:00

Yes. Black gold is UL listed in both the USA and Canada.

If I have extra cold lead wire length, can I trim off what I don’t need?2021-03-01T14:57:48-08:00

It is ok to trim the cold leads.  However, you need to move the product label to the end of the shortened lead. Please note: On the Gold Heat system you must NOT trim the cold lead. Trimming the cold lead will remove the ability to provide diagnostics on the system.

I think I might have sliced a wire. How do I repair my Gold Heat mat?2021-01-13T14:56:08-08:00

Take a look at our Gold Heat wire repair guide for assistance with repairing a wire that you have sliced.

Need additional installation help? You can always contact our design team for sliced wire assistance. Call Gold Heat at 877.789.4328 or email design@goldheat.com.

I have a complicated-shaped bathroom. Will that be an installation nightmare?2021-01-14T11:39:14-08:00

We would recommend a custom-sized Gold Heat®️ brand mat.  The design of the Gold Heat®️ mat will be custom designed exactly to the dimensions of your floorplan.  Literally, when your flooring contractor takes the Gold Heat®️ radiant heat mats out of the box, it is a match to your floor plan and is ready to be spread out and installed.

Gold Heat®️ designs its radiant heat mats exactly to your room dimensions, careful to go around all stationary items like the toilet, the tub, the shower stall, and the vanity. The green represents where Gold Heat® wires will lay on the floor.

How much will it cost to install Gold Heat electric radiant heat in my RV?2021-01-13T14:57:06-08:00

Based on your coach’s model and floor plan, an RV dealership will be able to go over pricing and installation costs with you.

How much will it cost to install Gold Heat electric radiant heat in my home?2021-01-13T14:58:19-08:00
  1. Decide which rooms you are interested in laying radiant heat mats?
  2. What type of flooring were you thinking about installing?
  3. Contact a flooring contractor and tell them you are looking to install the new flooring and would like an installation estimate.
  4. Provide your contractor with dimensions of the room you would like to install the new flooring and radiant heat mats.
  5. Your flooring contractor can give you an idea of how much it will cost to install Gold Heat radiant floor heat and your floor coverings.
How much radiant heat do I need?2021-05-12T08:48:31-07:00

The number you’ll need to calculate is called “heated area.” This differs from the square footage of the room and also the area of flooring. To get this number, you have to subtract out areas that make no sense to heat, like behind a toilet.

The red area is the heating area.  Notice that the heating area does not include the area under the tub, under the sink, under the toilet, and cabinets.

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How much power does a Black Gold system use?2021-03-01T15:02:43-08:00

Our Black Gold Panels are manufactured to produce 15 watts per square foot.

How much heat is lost in a typical forced heat system?2021-01-13T14:57:06-08:00

Gold Heat radiant heat mats keeps the floor, in any room, evenly-heated and cozy from the ground up.

Look at the difference, under floor heating makes vs. a typical forced heat system.

While your forced heat is unevenly heating your room and sending heat to the ceiling, Gold Heat electric radiant heat mats comfortably warms the floor from the ground up; keeping the heat, at your feet, where it’s supposed to be.

Gold Heat electric radiant heat mats are customized and hand made to fit to any RV’s floor plan.

With radiant heat, there are neither forced heat blasts nor temperature variations. There’s simply steady, even heat.  Simply put, Gold Heat’s electric radiant under floor heat mats evens out the heat distributed throughout the coach.

How long does it take for my Gold Heat radiant floor heat to warm up?2021-01-13T14:58:21-08:00

It takes about 15-20 minutes to reach optimal heating comfort.

How long does it take Black Gold radiant floor heat to warm up?2021-01-13T14:58:21-08:00

Depending on the flooring material that will be used (vinyls, etc.), less than 30 minutes.

How long does a Gold Heat electric radiant floor heating system last?2021-01-13T14:57:07-08:00

A Gold Heat system lasts more than 35 years. In comparison, a furnace can only last for about 20 years. The Gold Heat®️ Black Gold radiant heat mat lasts typically the life of your floor.

How long does a Gold Heat electric radiant floor heating system last?2021-01-13T14:56:08-08:00

 A Gold Heat system lasts more than 35 years. In comparison, a furnace can only last for about 20 years. The Gold Heat®️ Black Gold radiant heat mat lasts typically the life of your floor.

How far away do I keep Black Gold from cabinets and fixed objects (like a kitchen island)?2021-05-12T08:59:50-07:00

When installing Black Gold radiant heat film with cabinets and fixed objects, lay the film and install at least 2” away from these items.

How easy is it to order custom Gold Heat radiant floor heat mats?2021-01-13T14:56:06-08:00
  1. Submit your drawings to a Gold Heat design engineer.
  2. A Gold Heat design engineer will create a radiant floor heat mat to perfectly fit the floorplan.
  3. Once approved, your approved drawing will go to manufacturing for assembly.
  4. After assembly, we pre-terminate the Gold Heat mat, pack it, and send it to you…ready to install.

For more information, visit our Gold Heat standards page.

Does radiant floor heating make noise like a furnace does?2021-01-13T14:58:20-08:00

Not at all.  Radiant floor heating is silent heat — with no loud air ducts or furnaces to deal with. It’s also better for people with allergies — eliminating blown air can reduce dust mites by up to 80 percent.

Does Gold Heat sell a thermostat that will operate Black Gold?2021-08-09T14:34:25-07:00

Yes. Gold Heat stocks a thermostat that is equipped with a floor sensor for operating radiant floor heating systems and fits in a standard junction box.

Does electric radiant floor heat mats take a long time to install?2021-01-14T11:30:43-08:00

Nope!  As a matter of fact, your contractor will be pleased to find out that you specified the Gold Heat®️ brand of electric radiant floor heat mats are a 1-step installation process.  Simply layout the mat, apply thinset, then tile. Done.

Does COREtec need a vapor barrier?2021-01-13T14:56:06-08:00

While COREtec Plus is waterproof, it’s not a moisture barrier. It’s still a good idea to make sure concrete is cured and tested for moisture and that a moisture barrier is installed in the crawl space and even under a COREtec Plus floor over a concrete subfloor.

Do you have to weave any cables with a Gold Heat floor heat mat?2021-01-13T14:56:07-08:00

No.  We design the mat for you meaning it is pre-wired, pre-terminated, and ready to layout and hook up to your thermal sensor.

Do you have to clean tile floors with Gold Heat a certain way?2021-01-13T14:56:35-08:00

No. Clean your tile as you normally would. Keeping your tiles clean has zero negative effect on the radiant floor heat system.

Do I need to install the Gold Heat radiant floor heat mat to a dedicated circuit?2021-01-13T14:56:36-08:00

A Gold Heat mat must be installed on a dedicated circuit in accordance with the National Electric Code.
The Gold Heat mat must be protected by a GFCI per National Electrical Code. If a GFCI thermostat is not used, Gold Heat recommends installing on a dedicated circuit with a CGCI circuit breaker.

Do I need to install a GFCI breaker?2021-03-05T11:49:20-08:00

No.  A GFCI breaker is not necessary when you hook up a Gold Heat, Sinope thermostat to the mat. Gold Heat can supply your project’s thermostat needs.  Sinope thermostats are GFCI protected and a GFCI breaker is not necessary.  Purchase your thermostats at the time you place your custom Gold Heat radiant floor heat mats.

Do I need to install a GFCI breaker?2021-05-12T07:32:23-07:00

If you have radiant floor heating and an imbalance within the electrical currents occurs, the GFCI in the radiant heat thermostat will automatically and instantly disconnect the electrical lines from the radiant heating system. Gold Heat’s Sinope thermostats are GFCI protected and a GFCI breaker is not necessary.

Do I have to redesign the room to have Gold Heat mats installed under my floor?2021-01-14T11:41:29-08:00

Absolutely not.  As a matter of fact, Gold Heat designs a Gold Heat mat identical to your floor plan.  Gold Heat design engineer’s work with your floorplan to create a perfect-fit heat mat(s).  Then, the Gold Heat production team handcrafts your radiant heat mat

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“The home has a variety of flooring types—tile, hardwood, and some carpet—so the flexibility in flooring that comes with choosing radiant heat is definitely a benefit. We chose Travertine flooring and laid Gold Heat mats in the bedroom, bathroom, and family room.”

Danasailor50

Gold Heat Customer

Bend, OR

As the system runs beneath the surface and out of sight, there’s virtually no need to compromise your home’s design for your heating system.

Gold Heat® electric radiant under floor heat mats lets you arrange your furniture the way you want, without worrying about blocking a register or having to sacrifice square footage to a radiator.

Plus, a high-efficiency, electric radiant heat system from Gold Heat® allows you a lot of choices in flooring materials that you can install over the mats.

A Gold Heat® or Black Gold electric radiant heat mat is safe enough to sit below carpets, ornate tile and marble, and even patterned hardwood!

Do I have to install electric radiant floor heating throughout the house or can it be installed in certain rooms?2021-01-13T14:58:21-08:00

Most people choose to go with electric RFH just for individual rooms since the cost of electricity makes this system quite expensive for heating an entire house. You can save money if your local power company charges less for off-peak usage. Cheaper nighttime power rates allow consumers to charge the heating elements overnight for less money — then the heat is used over the course of the following day.

Do I have to choose a certain type of flooring so I can have Gold Heat mats installed under my floor?2021-01-13T14:57:06-08:00

No.  Based on the type of flooring you choose, there is a Gold Heat electric radiant heat mat to match.  Plus, a high-efficiency, electric radiant heat system from Gold Heat®️ allows you a lot of choices in flooring materials that you can install over the mats.

A Gold Heat®️ or Black Gold electric radiant heat mat is safe enough to sit below carpets, ornate tile and marble, and even patterned hardwood!

Can laminate flooring go over radiant heat?2021-01-13T14:56:06-08:00

Yes! Laminate flooring on top of a radiant heated floor is the perfect solution.

Can I get Black Gold sent overnight?2021-03-05T11:50:21-08:00

We can ship packages using any method from ground to overnight. However we do ask for a few days to process your order as our mats are custom-designed and made-to-order.

Can I get Black Gold heat film sent overnight?2021-01-13T14:56:09-08:00

Absolutely.

Can I cut a heating element shorter or extend a heating element by splicing two together?2021-03-05T11:54:10-08:00

Unfortunately not. The heating element inside each individual mat and cable is designed to produce a set amount of heat: 12–15 watts/sq ft or 41–51 BTUs (the measure of energy). Shortening the length of a heating element will cause it to produce more than the set amount of heat.

Doing so can:

  • Decrease the life-span of the system
  • Void the warranty.
  • Cause the system to fail compliance (based on the North American electrical code)
Can Gold Heat radiant floor heat be installed in my basement?2021-01-13T14:58:21-08:00

Floor heaters bring the comfort of warm floors to a cold basement and are an energy-efficient heating solution. They use a lower temperature than traditional heating systems while providing an optimal heat output, thereby reducing energy usage and in turn, the costs of heating your home.

Radiant floor heating offers a great solution to this as the heaters improve the air quality of the room by reducing basement dust circulation and drying out mold and mildew.

Ask your flooring contractor about retrofitting Gold Heat in your existing space or installing Gold Heat under your new home improvement project.

Can COREtec be installed over radiant heat?2021-01-13T14:56:06-08:00

COREtec Pro Plus can be installed over 1/2” embedded radiant heat using the floating or glue down method. When gluing floor, use only COREtec cork underlayment adhesive over manufacturer’s recommended substrate.

Can an RV owner buy Gold Heat radiant floor heating directly from Gold Heat?2021-01-13T14:57:05-08:00

Unfortunately, no.  Gold Heat®️ electric radiant heat mats are typically sold directly to a professional electrical installer at your RV dealership.

Can a homeowner order Gold Heat heat mats directly from Gold Heat?2021-01-13T14:58:19-08:00

Unfortunately, no.  Gold Heat® electric radiant heat mats are typically sold directly to an installer who will professionally build the heat mats into the flooring installation.

Are you able to troubleshoot a Gold Heat electric radiant floor heat mat?2021-05-12T09:09:27-07:00

Yes!!

Unlike other radiant floor heat manufacturers, Gold Heat customers always have access to design and installation help.

Gold Heat provides you the tools to troubleshoot a problem with the Gold Heat mat. If at any time you run into an installation problem, reach out to a Gold Heat Design Engineer for assistance at (877) 789-4328 or design@goldheat.com.

Are you able to repair a Gold Heat electric radiant floor heat mat?2021-01-13T14:56:37-08:00

YES!
Browse the Gold Heat electric radiant floor heat mat repair guide for instructions on how to repair a Gold Heat mat. For additional help, feel free to contact a Gold Heat Design Engineer at (877) 789-4328 or design@goldheat.com.

(mat repair guide is Gold Heat repair guide 07072020)

Are there cost savings to radiant heating?2021-01-14T11:45:05-08:00

Most electric floor heating systems use 12 watts per hour per square foot, meaning a 100-square-foot room would use 1200 watts in total every hour (that’s 300 watts LESS than the average space heater).

More economical to operate than furnaces or other forced heat solutions, radiant floor heat can slash heating costs by 25 to 50 percent [source: U.S. Department of Energy]. New homes are the best candidates for a radiant floor heat system.  However, if you are considering new flooring for the bathroom, sunroom, bedroom, or kitchen, your home can be retrofitted easily.

Electric radiant floor heat generally makes sense as a supplemental, not primary, heat source.

“When you walk through our main floor, there are no hot or cold spots or obvious sources of heat—just a nice comfortable warm feeling from room to room.”

Tippietoes98

Gold Heat customer

NW Portland, OR

A happy couple that has answered some electric radiant floor heating faqs
Are Gold Heat mats certified?2021-01-13T14:56:35-08:00

Yes. They are listed in both U.S. and Canada.

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