Warm ... warmer ... your veterinary design idea's red-hot!
Q. I'm contemplating whether to install a heated floor in my large-dog recovery area. What I'm considering are the thermostat-controlled floor heaters typically used in bathrooms that are installed under the floor tiles. Is this a good idea?
A. "Yes, electric radiant flooring is fine, just like the kind you put in a bathroom," says architect Heather Lewis, AIA. "I've done that frequently in the past in animal facilities. Just be sure to place a pad under dogs on the floor in recovery so they’re not directly on the surface. That will help distribute heat and ensure the dog doesn't overheat."
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