b'TECHNICAL tems are a great retrofitting projectresistanceofthecableswillbe that can be done at any time. correspondinglylowered,which Since these ARE electric systems,inturndrivesupthevoltageand Regis Verliefde, TerritoryDirector,wattage, she said. This can cause NAM of Warmup said, Its impor- the heat output of the system to go tant for the tile installer to double/ overthelimitssetbynationalor triple check coverage and spacinglocal code or, in some cases, even to provide the desired solution forcausetheheatingsystemtofail. the consumer. While most systemsIts important to work with a floor install in a similar way, some areheatingdistributortoensureyou for comfort heat and some are builthavetherightamountofheating to heat the whole room. Installerselements for your project.shouldgetfamiliarwithwhichShealsorecommendstesting systems do what and what spacingthe heating elements often with a or insulation to provide on a colddigital ohmmeterbefore, during basement slab, for example.and after installation. In between ohmmetertests,werecommend Respect Ohms Law thatyouuseacontinuityalarm Its a good idea to recognize thatthatisconnectedtotheheating cuttingelectricheatingelementscables that will sound an alarm if tomakeitfityourprojectisathe cable is damaged, she added. bad idea, said Julia Billen, ownerShealsoadvisedtakingmeasures andpresidentofWarmlyYours.to avoid damaging the floor heat-BecauseofOhmsLaw,ifflooring cables during installation. heatingcablesareshortened,theOnewaytoavoidthisisto installthefloorheatingmats(if The Warmly Yours system uses the low-profile Prodeso Heat mat with 3.7 wattThe Warmup Alligator tester clips straight electric TempZone heating cables, ensur- to the heating cables and monitors them ing proper spacing throughout the project.during installation. 90TileLetter | March 2020'