Easy and beautiful throughout the home – from the kitchen to the bathroom and all points in between.
Pictured here is a kitchen renovation from Leave it to Bryan (HGTV) that you can view YouTube. It includes “warmth” by Nuheat, the company that recently introduced North America’s first programmable thermostat for electric underfloor heating.
Underfloor heating has many benefits throughout the home for Health, Safety & Comfort– as discussed in last week’s blog, Staying warm is good for your health.
Today we will talk about ease of use when we take a look at programmable thermostat for electric underfloor heating, and specifically the Signature Wi-Fi Touch Screen (link takes you to full product details on Amazon).
This product innovation was introduced by Nuheat at the “home shows of home shows”. Here’s a picture that I took at their booth at the show.
This blog is part of a series reviewing the latest and greatest products for Active Living from the show. More about the blog tour below.
Warmth & Active Living
During a cold winter like the one many of us are currently enduring, underfloor heating looks attractive because of the comfort it provides for active living.
But, it is also important for health and safety. Many of us are advised to maintain a consistent body temperature if prescribed blood thinning medications prescribed for high blood pressure, thrombosis or hip or knee replacement surgery.
Safety benefits include drier floors to reduce slipping and the build-up of mold or bacteria when water is likely to be on the floor, such as a bathroom or an entrance to the home.
Underfloor heating “distributes heat evenly” according to the Nuheat team. This concept is shown in this illustration from the Nuheat website that compares heat distribution when the heat source is a baseboard heater (left) and underfloor heating (right).
WiFi – Now even easier
Who wants to think about room temperature? We all just want to be comfortable – all of time, no matter the weather outside.
Programmable thermostats are a great answer. Set them in each room and then live in comfort.
And, consider setting the temperature at different levels in each room depending on who uses the room. She wants her hobby room warm and he likes his study cooler. Easy!
Great for multigen living – since different generations often have very different “definitions” of warmth and comfort.
You can program your heat preferences remotely from a mobile smart phone application or web browser
This is great for anyone but I can’t help but think of the convenience for anyone who is computer savvy like these Seniors or family caregivers helping aging parents.
Green Savings – Money and Energy
Programming can also reduce heating costs since you can lower the temperate for nighttime or when you are out of the home.
Remember, saving just one hour of energy costs per day = 365 hours per year!
Learn more about Green Building and underfloor heating on the Nuheat website.
DIY – Just do it!
If you are thinking about “DIY” – you will love this.
This link will take you to Nuheat’s home page. From there we found a one page pdf of instructions for replacing a baseboard heater in 5 easy steps.
Nuheat products are primarily sold through distributors of home products.
Some Nuheat products are available on Amazon, including the Signature thermostat above and mats shown here. (Click on the mats to see full product details on Amazon). Mats are suggested in the DIY installation above.
Or, find a pro
Looking for professional to install electric underfloor heating. Nuheat has a directory of installers.
Next Snow Melting Products
Next blog, we will wrap it up on underfloor heating companies but take the look at freeze protection products for the inside of the home and products for the outside of the home such as snow melting products.
This is a photo of a driveway in my neighborhood with snow melting cables under the pavers.
Sure beats a shovel!
We will look at products offered by Nuheat and Warmup, the subject of last week’s blog.
About this blog series
This blog is part of a series about the latest and greatest products for Active Living featured on the Aging in Place and Universal Design Product Tours at the International Builders Show in January 2015.
Our introduction entitled “Mike was there – Join Us if you weren’t” included this selfie taken by Mike Holmes (HGTV).
The blog series is written by me, Ann, founder of Sage in Home, where consumers and professionals can find unbiased advice about homes for active living. The series is NOT sponsored. In fact, I didn’t even select the companies on the tour.
Nuheat was featured on the IBS Aging in Place product tour because underfloor heating has demonstrable benefits to meet specific needs relating to health and safety as well as comfort in the home.