What You Need To Know to Properly Install an Electrical In-Floor Heating System

Even though it may be a warm season of the year it's time to think about the ways of improvement for your home. It's really better to do before the arrival of winter. The matter is that those projects are never accomplished in a few days, but they require getting proper tools, the necessary industrial fasteners, and materials. All of these things are needs for you to start any home improvement project, including the installation project of in-floor heating system to make your home warm and comfortable when the temperature falls down outdoors.

One of best ways to keep your house in the best temperature conditions is by installing a good electric in-floor heating system. Usually, these systems are located under floors in the kitchen or / and bathroom to keep these parts of a house warm allow family members to walk barefoot during the frosty season.

In-floor heating systems can be used with any flooring, however, they are more commonly preferred by homeowners who have tile and stone flooring in their houses. The reason is obvious - these surfaces are too cold and uncomfortable to walk on in winter. But if you wish to use this heating system under laminate, carpet, cork, vinyl, or hardwood flooring you're welcome to do it, but such flooring won't give you such a fast and obvious affect that stone tile and tend to offer when heated. The latter can conduct heat very easily.

It's high time to discuss the issues necessary when installing an electric in-floor heating system.

Electricity - Before purchasing a necessary in-floor electrical heating system it's recommended to ensure that the electrical connection in your house is suitable. To do this, call and invite an electrician, ask him to determine your home's electrical needs. The latter will significantly depend on your present heating system, and the size of the room you want to heat.

Size - Heating cables and mats are available in different sizes. They are usually measured in Watts. To decide on the necessary wattage, consider the average temperature of your room during winter months. Usually, 12 Watts are enough for one square foot of tile and stone flooring. This number can reach 15 Watts, however.

Choices - Installing your in-floor heating system consider two installation options: cables and mats. The latter are more expensive, but simpler to install and heat the area. But you'll need to do definite measurements before buying mats. Cables are somewhat more difficult to install, require special fastening strips. At the same time, they are more flexible to install as they can be used in any room. Just make smaller of larger loops.

Preparation - Before installing the system, prepare the sub-floor: gather your fixings, fasteners, and tools. Don't forget to place an additional plywood sheet on the current sub-floor. By the way, before securing the plywood sheet with screw fasteners, ensure that the thickness of plywood and the subfloor is minimum one inch that is enough to support the floor system. Besides, the floor should be clean and secure after the installation process.

So, after you have taken the necessary research and preparation measurements, have cleaned the area, and have applied the right fixings and fasteners to secure the sub-floor, you can start installing your in-floor heating system. After the process of completed, try not to make any changes to your flooring in the nearest future to ensure the durability of your new system.