WarmlyYours ERT120-1.5x18 Manual and Installation Guide

WarmlyYours ERT120-1.5x18 Manual and Installation Guide
Installation Manual for your
Environ™ Flex Roll System
For laminate/floating wood &
engineered wood floor coverings
Please read through these instructions carefully before you begin installing & check that you are aware of all the components required.
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CONTENTS
Product specifications and details..............................................................................................................................................1
Introduction ................................................................................................................................................................................2
Important Information.................................................................................................................................................................2
Controlling Your System.............................................................................................................................................................3
Professional Electric Installation.................................................................................................................................................3
Items required for System Installation........................................................................................................................................3
Testing........................................................................................................................................................................................4
Pre Installation Instructions........................................................................................................................................................4
Compatible Underlayment..........................................................................................................................................................5
Compatible Wood Laminates.....................................................................................................................................................5
Installing the Thermostat............................................................................................................................................................6
Installation of Environ™ Flex Rolls.............................................................................................................................................7
Environ™ Flex Rolls Rules.........................................................................................................................................................8
Installation Environ™ Flex Rolls under Carpet...........................................................................................................................9-12
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND DETAILS
Environ™ Flex Roll System
Environ™ Flex is an ultra thin electric radiant floor heating roll, primarily used
under laminate and engineered wood.
The advantage of Environ™ Flex is the ease of installation and the even heating
of your flooring. The roll is produced with materials that avoid restricted heating
known as, “hot spots.”
Construction
The Environ™ Flex system is manufactured with fluoropolymer insulated
heating cables with reinforced metal braiding over two heating cores. The
fluoropolymer insulated heating cables are designed to be in between two
layers of reinforced and durable aluminum. The uniform spacing of the heating
elements, strengthened by the foil, ensures even heat distribution. The heating
element is connected to a power-supply cable, which is located in one corner
of the roll. The power lead is a flat thin two-core flexible cord, consisting of two
insulated conductors with a metal sheath and an outer sheath. Environ™ Flex
is supplied within the nominal heat output range of 140 W/m² (12 W/ sq. ft.) @
120 V & 240 V. The power lead is 15 feet long.
Metal Braiding
Connected to Ground
Conductor Wire
Primary Flouropolymer Insulation
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Introduction
Thank you for purchasing the Environ™ Flex Roll System. This manual contains IMPORTANT information
regarding the safe use and installation of your Environ™ Flex Roll System. Please read through the entire
manual carefully before you install or operate your floor heating system.
Important Information
• Environ™ Flex Rolls are designed for installation directly under laminate/
floating wood and engineered wood, installed on top of an underlayment.
• Environ™ Flex Rolls are NOT designed for installation under ceramic tile,
natural stone or other similar hard floor coverings; and MAY NOT be installed
under nailed hardwood flooring. WarmlyYours sells products to heat these
flooring surfaces – Contact us at: [email protected], or (800) 875-5285
for more information on other floor heating system options available.
• Environ™ Flex Rolls should be separated from other heat sources such as
luminaries and chimneys.
• The minimum distance between adjacent runs should be at a minimum of 1.5”
(40 mm).
• Do not install the Environ™ Flex Rolls at an ambient temperature below 5ºF
(-15ºC).
• Environ™ Flex Rolls should not extend beyond the room or area in which it
originates, as per the custom installation SmartPlan™.
• The Environ™ Flex Rolls must be spaced from the walls a minimum distance
of 3” (76 mm).
• Certain underlayment types and thicknesses with laminates/floating wood are
NOT compatible with Environ™ Flex Rolls (see page 5). DO NOT PLACE
EXCESSIVELY HEAVY FURNITURE on your heated floor.
• Environ™ Flex Rolls must not be installed under cabinets or furniture that will
be permanently installed and attached to the floor. Built-in cabinets and other
furniture with solid bases must not be placed over the rolls.
• Environ™ Flex Rolls is not for installation in walls.
We want your installation to be trouble-free. If you are confronted with
a problem you cannot solve, please do not hesitate to contact us at:
[email protected], or call us any time, any day at (800) 875-5285.
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• Environ™ Flex Rolls should NOT be installed on top of other in-floor radiant
heating systems (for example hydronic or in-slab systems) UNLESS the
other system is permanently disconnected in such a way that it cannot be
inadvertently switched on while the Environ™ Flex Rolls are also in use.
• The Environ™ Flex Rolls may NOT be installed on floors where radiant ceiling
heating rolls are in use in the room directly below where the Environ™ Flex
Rolls are installed.
• Environ™ Flex Rolls must not be installed in thinset cement, or in direct contact
with a cement or concrete subfloor or slab. There must be an underlayment
under Environ™ Flex Rolls.
• Indicate which branch circuits supply the power to the Environ™ Flex Rolls and
retain the UL labels for each heating roll in a convenient location, i.e. taped to
the circuit breaker box, for reference by the electrical inspector or home owner.
Leave one UL label attached to the Environ™ Flex Rolls. Attach warning label
in a convenient location to show the room location where Environ™ Flex is
installed.
• Use only listed conduit, fittings, and/or other listed components.
• In Canada, the installation should be done according to the provisions of the
Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1, Section 62.
• When used in wet locations, the installation should be in accordance with the
National Electric Code, NFPA-70 and CAN/CSA-C22.1, Canadian Electrical
Code, Part I (CEC) and that final acceptance is to be made in the field by the
Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ).
• Environ™ Flex Rolls should be connected to a CLASS-A Ground Fault Circuit
Interrupter (GFCI). Some local electrical codes may require that a qualified
electrician connect the system.
Controlling Your System
WarmlyYours recommends a Class-A GFCI, UL/CSA/ETL or similar NRTL listed thermostat to control the Environ™ Flex
Rolls. A programmable thermostat will allow you to set your floor warm-up time and will provide you increased energy
efficiency, by programming your wake up, away, bedtime, and vacation settings.
Most wood laminate manufacturers specify that their floors should not be subjected to temperatures in excess of 85ºF
(29ºC). The only reliable way to achieve this is to install a temperature sensor directly under the Environ™ Flex Rolls.
Check with your laminate manufacturer to see their recommendations for installing electric radiant heat under their floors.
Any of the thermostats from the WarmlyYours nSpiration Series can be set to the temperature recommended by the
laminate manufacturer.
Professional Electric Installation
Attention: Some local codes require that a licensed electrician complete the final connection of the
floor heating system.
The installation of electrical systems presents a risk of fire and electrical
shock, which may result in personal injury. Caution should always be
taken to guard against these risks. A qualified electrician should connect
Environ™ Flex Rolls to the thermostat and/or to the electrical supply circuit.
All such connections MUST be in accordance with the National Electric
Code, Canadian Electric Code, and all local codes.
WarmlyYours strongly suggests a dedicated circuit for each system. A nondedicated circuit can cause nuisance tripping of the GFCI built into the
thermostat.
Items Required For System Installation
• The customized installation SmartPlan™ (floor plan layout)
• Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)
• Digital Ohm Meter (multi-meter)
• 4” x 4” extra-deep box with a single gang plaster ring
• Junction box for systems requiring more than 3 rolls
• Wire and appropriate-sized, non-GFCI breaker for supplying voltage
• Electrical conduit
• Adhesive tape
• Aluminum tape strips
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Testing
Temperature sensor wire must be tested before and after installation and must
measure between 8k to 12k ohm for temperatures between 68-86 F (20-30C). This
measurement must be done with a digital ohm meter, set to the 20k range. Beware of
self-ranging meters and analog meters.
OHM Testing
Each Environ™ Flex Roll is carefully tested before it is shipped from the factory, and
is packed to avoid damage during transit. However, damage does sometimes occur
in storage or transit, and sometimes during installation. We strongly recommend you
test the rolls:
• After unpacking the rolls but before you install them.
Core
Core
Core
Core to Sheath
Core to Core
Core
Core
Core to Sheath
Core
Ground
Ground Ground
Core
• After you have installed them but before you install the floor covering (i.e. while the
rolls are still exposed)
Core
Ground
Ground Ground Core
Ground
Ground Ground
Core
Core
• After installation of the floor covering but before the thermostats are connected.
A simple test is a visual inspection to make sure there is no visible damage to the
heating element, and in particular to the cable component in the heater. We recommend
conducting an electrical test with an ohm meter to ensure that the ohms resistance is
what it should be. Ohms resistance can vary significantly depending on the ambient
temperature and an allowance of -5% to +10% from the nominal value at 68ºF (20ºC)
is acceptable.
Pre-Installation Instructions
Ensure the subfloor is structurally sound, and is clean and dry.
Yellow
or Red
Yellow Yellow
or Red or Red
It shall be noted that most wooden subfloor manufacturers (and also the wood floor
manufacturers) restrict the level of moisture content as well as Relative Humidity for
installing and maintaining sturdy subfloors. Strictly follow the wooden floor/subfloor
manufacturer guidelines for proper installation and maintenance of wooden subfloors
in order to avoid any horizontal or vertical movement of the subfloor and consequential
damage to your Environ™ Flex floor heating system.
To prevent damage to the rolls, special attention should be given to ensure that no nails,
screws, staple, or tacks are protruding from the sub floor before the underlayment is
installed. Take extra caution, if you use an automatic staple gun to secure the cushion/
underlayment to the subfloor, a badly installed staple could protrude from the floor and
pierce and damage the Environ™ Flex Rolls.
Nails, screws, or staples should not be installed close to the rolls and power supply
cables. Permanent fixtures, including built-in furniture, must NEVER be installed on
top of the rolls.
It is important to keep an accurate record of where the rolls are installed, to assist
you (and a future owner) to easily locate them; we suggest that you capture a
few photographs during the installation process, and ALWAYS save your custom
installation SmartPlan™.
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Black
Black
Black
Ground
Ground Ground
Yellow
or Red
Yellow Yellow
or Red or Red
Black
Black
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Compatible Underlayments
Any type of underlayment/padding may be used as long as it has a density of
6-8 pounds per cubic foot.
Certain underlayment, such as ¼” (6mm) thick cork, or 5mm CeraZorb are
recommended for Environ™ Flex Rolls. It is also acceptable to place a vapor
barrier, such as a plastic sheet, under the underlayment. Underlayment papers
are not compatible with Environ™ Flex Rolls.
Underlayment/Padding
Underlayment is necessary to prevent Environ™ Flex Rolls from damage
from the weight of the floor, furniture, and people. Unavoidable wooden floor
movements will not harm Environ™ Flex Rolls. Wooden floors expand and
contract with temperature and moisture change. The wooden floor “moves” on
top of Environ™ Flex Rolls. This movement will not damage Environ™ Flex
Rolls when the installation is done correctly and the underside of the final floor
covering is installed evenly.
Some underlayment materials also have a noise reducing and insulating
effect. When installing over concrete, a ¼” underlayment is mandatory. Any
underlayment available in ¼” size is acceptable in most cases. CeraZorb,
cork, or ¼” to 3/8” of expanded polystyrene (EPS) with a density of 2 pounds
per cubic foot or more, are recommended for installation under Environ™ Flex
Rolls. When installing over a concrete slab, choose the underlayment with the
highest R-Value.
Wood Subfloor
Compatible Wood Laminates
Verify that your laminate is warranted for use with radiant heat. Most modern
wood laminate floors are compatible with Environ™ Flex Rolls, but the
maximum thickness of the timber / laminate / wooden flooring should not
exceed 5/8” (15mm). Flooring that has metallic strips as part of its locking
system is NOT compatible, as these metallic strips may damage the Environ™
Flex Rolls. Also laminates that have their pad already attached to the laminate
are not compatible with the Environ™ Flex Rolls.
5/8” (15mm)
R-Value of Floor Covering:
The type and thickness of the floor covering materials used with this product
must not exceed a thermal insulation “R” value of 1.
Example R-values: LAMINATE FLOORING = R 0.675
WOOD FLOORING = R 0.80 maximum
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Installing The Thermostat
HOUSE GROUND
If you are using a thermostat with a floor sensor, place the
sensor under the Environ™ Flex Rolls, centered between
two heat wires, at least 6” (150 mm) into the heated area.
Make a small divot in the underlayment in this spot and
secure the sensor head in the divot with tape. Run the
sensor cable in a channel cut into the underlayment from
the heater and back to the thermostat. The “heater wires”
within the roll are identified as raised parallel lines. The
sensor wire should not cross over the foil heater wires, and
is better placed in a channel cut into the underlayment,
under the roll.
COLD LEAD
FLOOR
RED 240V
or
YELLOW 120V
LOAD
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BLACK WIRE
BRAIDED
GROUND SHEATH
1
1800W/3600W MAX 15A
120/240VAC
L2(N)
LINE
L1(L)
2
3
HOT
in / sensor
out
FRONT OF THE BASE
ABCD
FLOOR SENSOR
HOT (240V) or
NEUTRAL (120V)
BR1015A10b
© 2015 OJ Electronic A/S
FROM
POWER
SOURCE
ENSURE THE SYSTEM
IS GROUNDED
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Environ™ Flex Rolls should be connected to a CLASS – A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter
(GFCI) / Residual Current Device (RCD). Consult a qualified electrician.
Conduit
Installation of Environ™
Flex Roll System
• Once the underlayment has been installed in the correct manner, remove
your Environ™ Flex Rolls from the box, unroll it completely and place it in the
required position on top of the underlayment.
• Make sure that Environ™ Flex Rolls are installed with the correct orientation.
Ensure that the side marked “THIS SIDE UP” is facing upwards.
Sensor
Factory
Splice
When positioning the roll on the underlayment, be aware of the
following:
• Ensure the power supply cables can reach the thermostat to which it will be
connected.
• Wherever possible, run the power supply cables parallel or at right angles to the
walls, and avoid high-traffic areas.
• Wherever possible, keep the corner where the power supply cable enters the
roll away from high traffic areas.
• NEVER run the power supply cables under or over the rolls.
• The power supply cables (non-heating leads) must be installed in accordance
with applicable National Electric Codes, Canadian Electric Codes, and local
codes.
• The power supply cables (non-heating leads) are to be installed in listed conduit
as the cables exit the floor if required by local code.
180 U-Turn
Flip-Turn
• Environ™ Flex Rolls can be cut and turned at 90º or 180º (as shown in the
bottom picture) to cover the total area (cable should not be cut)
• Ensure that there is a minimum gap of 1.5” (40mm) between heating cables in
adjacent runs of mat.
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Environ™ Flex Rolls MUST NEVER BE CUT OR TRIMMED
TO FIT INTO A SPACE THAT IS TOO SMALL FOR THE ROLL SIZE
Smooth out the roll and adhere the roll to the underlayment with adhesive tape or aluminum tape strips.
After deciding the route that your power supply cables will take from the roll to the point of supply, cut a
¼” (6 mm) wide channel in the underlayment along this route and drop the power supply cables into this
channel (See Figure 1). Similarly you have to cut a small section / channel in underlayment or laminate
depending on the position of thermostat floor sensor. You may also need to remove a small section of
underlayment from under the roll at the point where the power supply cord enters the roll, to prevent
excessive wear on that part of the roll.
Sensor
When installing two or more Environ™ Flex Rolls next to each other, make sure that the heating wires
in adjacent rolls do not overlap. We recommend the use of adhesive tape to assure that they will not
overlap over a period of time.
Environ™ Flex Rolls must be fit directly on top of the underlayment, and directly under the flooring.
To avoid damage to your rolls during installation, care must be taken so that tools with sharp edges
or points are not dropped or used carelessly on top of the rolls. Do not walk on the rolls more than is
absolutely necessary during installation, and do not drop or place heavy materials on the rolls.
Environ™ Flex Rolls must not be folded, and care should be taken in order to not fold or crease the rolls
at any time during installation. For this reason Environ™ Flex Rolls are not suitable for use on stairs.
Should you wish to move your roll(s) at some later stage, please remember to roll it rather than folding it.
Note: These installation instructions are NOT intended to replace or supersede the installation
instructions provided by the manufacturer of the wood laminate, but to supplement them.
You should comply with BOTH sets (floor covering and floor heating) of installation instructions.
In the event of any apparent contradiction between the Environ™ Flex instructions and the floor covering
manufacturer’s instructions, kindly contact WarmlyYours for clarity on how to proceed, (800) 875-5285.
NOTE: A qualified, licensed electrician in accordance with local building and electrical codes, and
the National Electric Codes, Canadian Electric Codes, and local codes, especially Article 424, Part
IX of the NEC, ANSI/NFPA 70 and Section 62 of CEC Part I, must do all electrical work.
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Figure 1
Channel
INSTALLATION UNDER CARPET - USA ONLY
Subfloor Preparation
BEFORE YOU START
NEVER CUT OR TRIM Environ™ Flex Rolls to fit into
a space that is too small.
BE AWARE of the risk of damaging the heating panels
with sharp tools, gripper rods, stretchers or seaming
irons during installation.
DO NOT drop or carelessly use tools with sharp edges
or points on top of the panels.
DO NOT walk on the panels more than is absolutely
necessary during installation.
DO NOT drop or place heavy articles on the panels.
DO NOT use folded Environ™ Flex Rolls, and care
should be taken not to fold or crease the panels at
any time during installation.
DO NOT use Environ™ Flex Rolls on stairs.
DO place Environ™ Flex Rolls directly on top of the
carpet cushion (The “carpet cushion” is also known
as the “pad”, the “foam” or the “underlay”.)
DO place Environ™ Flex Rolls directly under the
carpet.
ROLL your Environ™ Flex Rolls up should you wish
to install it at some later stage.
Prepare your subfloor as you normally would for a “normal” carpet installation. Ensure the subfloor is
structurally sound and secure with no movement – screw or nail down any loose areas before fitting
the underlayment. The subfloor should be clean and dry.
To prevent damage to the panels, special attention should be paid to ensure that no nails, screws,
staple, tacks and the like are protruding from the subfloor before the underlayment pad is installed.
Beware of automatic staple guns if you use one to secure the cushion / underlayment to the subfloor.
A badly installed staple that protrudes from the floor can pierce and destroy the Environ cable and
mat.
Nails, screws or staples should not be installed close to the panels and power supply cables.
Permanent fixtures, including built-in furniture and the like, must NEVER be installed on top of the
panels. It is important to keep an accurate record of where the panels are installed, to assist you (and
a future owner!) to easily locate them should you undertake remodelling work in the room at some
future date. Taking a few photographs during the installation process is a good idea.
COMPATIBLE CARPETS
Most modern tufted and woven carpets are compatible with Environ panels. Polypropylene, hessian
or jute secondary backings are compatible, but rubber- or foam-backed carpets are not compatible as
they trap too much heat.
The carpet must be at least 1/4” thick, but not more than 1” thick.
For the technically minded, the R-value of the carpet should not be greater than 1. Contact carpet
manufacture for the r-value rating.
COMPATIBLE CARPET CUSHIONS
Any type of carpet padding can be used as long as it has a density of 6 pounds per cubic foot. Most
good quality rebounded polyurethane (rebound) and prime polyurethane are 8 pounds per cubic foot
or more.
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WARNING: RISK OF CARPET DISCOLORATION
The major factors affecting discoloration of a carpet are:
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•
•
•
the nature of the fibers,
the type of coloring process and it’s application to fibers, yarns, or fabric,
the color range from pastels to dark colors,
the temperature level if the heat is trapped under a high level of insulation
such as a futon mattress, bean seat or a dog bed,
• the length of time the carpet is exposed to higher temperature.
In our experience, the Environ™ Flex roll, which is powered at approximately
12-watt/sq.feet does not cause carpet discoloration when installed under the
conditions of this Installation Manual, specifically the section “Restrictions on
Furniture Placement and Precautions”.
However, if excessive insulation is placed for long periods of time over a heated
carpet area, some carpets of lighter colors, and lower quality will probably be
the first to be subject to discoloration.
INSTALLING THE FLEX ROLLS
Once the carpet cushion has been fitted in the normal manner, remove your Environ
Flex rolls from the packaging tube, unroll and cut and turn it completely and place
it in the required position on top of the carpet cushion.
When positioning the Flex rolls on the carpet cushion, be aware of the following:
• Keep it at least 1’ from any edge of the area to be carpeted, (to prevent the
spikes of the power stretcher damaging the panel when the carpet is being
fitted);
• Ensure the power supply cables can reach the thermostat point to which
they will be connected;
• Wherever possible, run the power supply cables parallel or at right angles to
the walls, and avoid high-traffic areas;
• Wherever possible, keep the corner where the power supply cable enters the
Flex roll away from high traffic areas;
• NEVER run the power supply cables under or over the Flex rolls;
• Flex rolls can only positioned cable-side down;
• When fitting more than one Flex roll in a room, the Flex rolls MUST NOT
OVERLAP, as overheating will result.
• VERIFY the Flex rolls received are the correct voltage.
Smooth out the Flex rolls and adhere the heater to the underlay with adhesive tape
as set out below. Any adhesive tape will do.
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After deciding the route that your power supply cables will take from
the Flex roll to the point of supply, cut a 1/4”-wide channel in the carpet
cushion along this route and drop the power supply cables into this
channel. You may also need to remove a small section of carpet cushion
from under the panel at the point where the power supply cord enters
the Flex rolls, to prevent an unsightly lump on the carpet surface and
excessive wear on that part of the Flex rolls.
Heating Flex rolls shall be installed not closer than 200 mm (8 inches)
from heating supply ducts, or any other heating appliances or other
source of heat. When installing two or more Environ heating Flex rolls
next to each other, the distance between the last wire on the edge
of a Flex roll, and the first wire on the edge of the next panel, has to
be minimum 3” inches. The heating wires in adjacent panels cannot
overlap and we recommend the use of Duct tape to assure that they
will not overlap over time.
INSTALLING THE THERMOSTAT
If you are using a thermostat with a floor sensor, tape the sensor to the
bottom surface of the Environ heating panel, centered between two
heater wires, at least 6” into the heated area. If the carpet and pad
are installed over a wood subfloor, the sensor probe can be placed in
a quarter-sized area hollowed out of the carpet pad directly under the
flex roll. Once the flex rolls have been placed in their final position,
hollow out this area at least 6” into the mat, centered between 2 heating
wires. Place the sensor in this area and run the sensor wire back to the
thermostat in a separate channel in the carpet pad. Place duct tape
over this channel and the hollowed-out area and sensor probe. The
“heater wires” within the heater are identified as raised parallel lines,
either 2” or 3” apart. The sensor wire can cross over the foil heater
wires. The sensor probe must use a jacketed wire, this wire needs to
be rated 80°C minimum.
Connect the sensor wire to the designated screws on the terminal block
on the front of the thermostat power base. The wire must pass outside the
electrical box and follow the wall down to the floor. This is a low voltage
wire and in most geographical areas it does not need to be housed in a
conduit. If you choose to place it in a conduit, use a separate conduit
than the conduit used for the 110-volt or 220-volt wires that power the
heating element.
Secure the power supply cables (and the thermostat sensor cable, where
applicable) in the channel in the carpet cushion with adhesive tape, to
prevent them from “riding up” onto the top surface of the carpet cushion
and thus causing unsightly lumps or ridges when the carpet is fitted.
Take the cables along the edge of the carpet cushion, between the
gripper and the carpet cushion to a point directly below where the
thermostat will be fitted (or below the socket outlet if no thermostat is
being fitted).
Remove a small section (about 1/4” to 1/2” –wide) of the gripper at a
point on the floor below the thermostat and secure the cables to the floor
with adhesive tape, hot-melt glue or cable clips, taking care to ensure
that the cables are not damaged by the nails of the gripper.
Ensure the positioning of your Environ panel (and the way you have
routed the cables on the floor from the panel to the control point) allows
sufficient cable length to reach the connection point for the electrician
to make the connections.
Place Thermostat Warning Sticker to underside of thermostat’s faceplate.
Stickers are supplied with the Environ mats.
Note that the power supply cables of Environ panels are matched to
the rated power of the panel. If more than one panel is connected to a
thermostat, ensure that the circuit connecting the thermostat to the house
power is correctly rated for the total amperage of the combined heaters.
For the total amperage of your installation look to your custom design
layout or your price quote. Overloaded power circuits may overheat and
could start a fire!
NEVER JOIN THE POWER SUPPLY CABLES UNDER THE CARPET.
NO SERIAL CONNECTIONS OF ONE PANEL TO ANOTHER PANEL. NO
DAISY-CHAINS!
A QUALIFIED ELECTRICIAN MUST CONNECT THE POWER SUPPLY
CABLES TO THE THERMOSTAT, AND CONNECT THE THERMOSTAT
TO THE SUPPLY.
Before fitting the carpet, test the panels to ensure they are working
correctly. A simple test is a visual inspection to make sure there is no
visible damage to the heater, and in particular to the cable component in
the heater. A simple electrical inspection can be done with an ohms meter
to make sure the ohms resistance is what it should be (see page 4). Ohms
resistance can vary significantly depending on the ambient temperature
and an allowance of +/- 15% from the norm is acceptable. Verify that the
voltage of the panels matches the voltage specified on the plan.
IMPORTANT POINTS FOR THE CARPET FITTER:
Please ensure that compatible carpet cushion and carpet are being fitted.
Remember that you are laying carpet over a thin electrical heating element.
Extra care must be taken when working with sharp tools to avoid damage
to the Environ panel, which could cause it to malfunction and fail.
Ensure all cables have been channelled correctly into the carpet cushion
to avoid unsightly lumps or an uneven carpet surface.
Do not install nails, screws or staples in direct contact with the ENVIRON
heating panels and power supply cable. A staple left protruding can destroy
the ENVIRON heater cable.
When making a join (or “seam”) in the carpet, ensure that the seaming
iron DOES NOT come into direct contact with the Environ panel, as it
will damage the panel. Wherever possible, avoid joins in the carpet over
panels. Always use a good quality heat-bond tape, and use an ultra-wide
tape when joining heavy wool or similar carpets.
Fit your carpet as normal above the panels, taking special care when
working with sharp tools (power stretcher, knee-kicker, knives, scissors
etc) in the vicinity of the panels and cables.
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RESTRICTIONS ON FURNITURE PLACEMENT AND PRECAUTIONS IN USE:
Always remember that you have a thin electrical appliance installed directly below your carpet!
To prevent any damage to the Environ panel, the carpet cushion, the carpet itself and anything above the carpet (including yourself!), always strictly
enforce the following restrictions and precautions:
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·
NEVER pierce the carpet with sharp items such as knives, pins, tacks, staples, needles and the like;
·
Never use chairs on castors directly on the carpet surface – always use a plastic “carpet protector” that is no more than ½-inch thick and does
not have spikes that are long enough to penetrate the backing of the carpet and come into contact with the heater. Most commercial plastic
“carpet protector” in the market will be acceptable.
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NEVER drive nails or screws through the carpet to secure furniture in position or for any other reason;
NEVER drop heavy articles onto the carpet;
Area rugs and oriental carpets may be placed on top of the heated carpet; but the total thickness of both carpets (ie the wall to wall carpet plus
the rug) must never exceed 1½ inches;
Never place any furniture that has feet with a “footprint” of 1/4–square inch (ie ½” x ½”) or less on the carpet, irrespective of the weight of the
furniture.
Never place any item with a “footprint” of 36-square inches (ie 6” x 6”) or more on the carpet, if that item is thicker than 1” (for example, do not
leave a mattress, bean bag or dog bed on the carpet).
Furniture that has feet with a footprint between ¼-square inch and 36-square inches must not exert a force greater than 100 pounds per square
inch (“psi”) on the carpet surface. The psi of any piece of furniture may be determined by dividing its total weight (in pounds) by the total
surface area of the parts in contact with the carpet (in square inches), eg a 150-pound sofa on which two 250-pound adults are sitting has a
total weight of 650 pounds. If it has 4 feet, each 2” x 2”, the total surface contact area is 4 x (2” x 2”) = 16-square inches. 650 pounds divided
by 16-sq.in. = 40 pounds per square inch.
Any bulky item of furniture on short legs (e.g. a sofa or a bed) must have a minimum of 2-inches clearance between the top surface of the carpet
and the underside of the furniture to allow free movement of air through that space. Do not allow bedclothes or drapes to restrict the airflow
under a bed!
Specific items of furniture that should never be allowed onto the carpet surface:• Pianos
• Stands for hi-fi speakers that have sharp points as feet
• Bookcases
• Closed-bottom furniture
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