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Old 01-27-2022, 03:59 PM   #1
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Floor rugs

We have a 2016 DS 4369 with heated floors. We bought 2 2'x4' floor rugs with latex backing. At night we usually turn floor heat on to low setting. Will this be a problem with latex rug backing?
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Old 01-27-2022, 06:16 PM   #2
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Magic 8 ball says "proceed with caution"

Maybe the carpet manufacturer can tell you if you send them an email. I kinda doubt floors can get that hot, but hey let us know.
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Old 01-27-2022, 06:51 PM   #3
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The floors in my 2013 MA, when on low, do not affect the backing on the rugs we have down, and my wife has that thick shelving material that keeps stuff from sliding around on several rug backs. Unfortunately, I don't know what all the backings are made of.

Even on low there is quite a bit of heat, so it's a legit concern. I know I would put up rugs on any setting above low.
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Same here with throw rugs. I don't run our floors on extra high heat. As long as they are under about 80-82 degrees there has been no problem in five years with throw rugs.
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Old 01-27-2022, 06:56 PM   #5
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It may not affect the rugs but it will reduce the efficiency of the heating system. This is one big downfall of hydronic heat. The rugs insulate the air from the floor and traps some of the heat in the floor. Just something to think about.
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I tried the rugs once. Floor underneath the rugs became very hot even with floor heat set on low. Manufacturer recommendation is no rugs with any backing when using floor heat. I compared those recommendations with the manufacturer of my home electric floor heat. Same precautions in those instructions. It creates hot spots in the system and can burn out the floor heat thermostat. That seemed like a very expensive problem so, away with the rugs. Of course putting down rugs with no backing on a shiny porcelain floor is a recipe for an ambulance ride to the emergency room.
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