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Radiant Heat Brings Comfort to a Yoga Retreat

When Dee Hein was 28, her mother died six weeks after being diagnosed with cancer. In those few weeks, Dee and her brother did all they could to make their mother's final days a little more comfortable. They were difficult days, filled with stress, treatments, long trips to the hospital and very little rest.

So it was with an inheritance from her mother that Dee decided to give to others what she and her family desperately wanted at that time - a place in nature, free of charge, for cancer patients to heal and connect with loved ones.

Dee, a yoga instructor, bought a house on Orcas Island, 20 miles off the coast of northwest Washington, and transformed it into the place of her dreams: 25 acres of flowering gardens, ponds, and a flowing stream crossed by an arched bridge. She also built a yoga studio complete with an extensive HeatWeave radiant heat system.

John Miller, a new construction and remodeling contractor who lives on the island, was chosen by Dee to do the job. "Radiant heat was the perfect match for her Yoga studio," said Miller.

"We selected the electric mat system from Watts because of its reputation and ease of installation," said Miller. "The 560 square-foot electric radiant system was promptly designed, and the heat load was accurately assessed by the manufacturer."

Watts Radiant engineer, Tony Ledford, who designed the radiant system, said that a total of four, equally sized mats were used to assure balanced heat. "The system provides up to 40 BTUs of heat [drawing 12 watts] per square foot," explained Ledford. "There are also two, seven-day day am/pm programmable thermostats, each of which has one 24"x 60'mat, and one 24"x 80' mat. Each mat is hard-wired to a T-stat. The system takes just 30 minutes to heat up."

"The radiant heat is so well suited to yoga. People have commented about how cozy they feel," said Dee. "It's especially important for yoga to be practiced in a comfortable setting."


Orcas Island, WA

Radiant Systems Installer

John Miller


HeatWeave Electric Radiant Mat

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