Things to Consider When Installing Heated Floors

Things to Consider When Installing Heated Floors

If you live in a region where it gets cold very often, you will realize the importance of home heating techniques. It is sometimes mandatory to have heating installations to keep your house and your family nice and warm. There are a set of factors to be considered before installing heating pieces of equipment in your home. Different methods of heating are also available for clients to choose from.

Different Types 

There are four basic types of building heating that is commonly used. They are,

  • Under tile heating
  • Under carpet heating
  • In-concrete heating
  • Underfloor heating

Under tile, heating is considered to be very safe and is the most common form of heat. The elements that are involved in the process of heating are installed under the tiles. These elements are covered with a layer of fibreglass mesh, which helps in levelling the surface out for the tiles to fit in. The usual configuration of the heating element is 150 watts for every square meter. This type is the best for bathroom heating. Various sizes of cables are available from which you can choose the suited one for you. 

Under the carpet, heating is the best option if you are planning to heat the whole room. The installation is very easy when compared to the other methods. The different techniques are well suited if your building is under construction and you are planning to install the heating elements. Under the carpet, heating is best for already existing homes, since you do not have to touch any of the infrastructures of the building. The usual configuration of this type of heating is 75 watts for a square meter. Again, fibreglass mesh is used to level the surface and lay the carpet on top. Some of these come with cement screed that does not require extra levelling. These are very sturdy and durable as well compared to the fibreglass counterparts. 

In-concrete heating is best suited if you are looking for heating solutions when your building is being constructed. This method is very efficient as the thermostat allows the heating elements to heat up the concrete slabs of the buildings and make way for a cosy and warm home even during the coldest days. The configuration of the heating element used in this method is between 100 and 160 watts for a square meter. The thermostat used in this process is fully automatic and programmable as well.

Underfloor heating options can be of any of the types that are mentioned above. Based on the type of flooring you use, such as tiles, marble, ceramic, etc., you can choose the appropriate heating elements and the configurations that are best suited for you.

Advantages

The best part about choosing these products is that you can either bring expert workers to install the heating system for you or you can do the entire process all by yourselves. The process has been made simple and easy for people who like DIYs. There is an integrated manual that helps in the process of installing the heating system. This manual includes the guide for preparing the floor, the process of floor marking to fit the various elements, the procedure to install the components, applying the mesh made of fibreglass and levelling the floor, Installing the tiles over the levelled surface, process to wire the elements correctly, Fitting the thermostat, Instructions regarding the functioning of the heating system. There is a separate manual available for helping people out with the process of programming the thermostat and making it fully functional and automatic.

What Should Not Be Done

  • You should not lay the elements on dirty surfaces
  • Make sure that you don’t cut any of the elements to make it fit properly
  • You should not install the tiles without testing the system
  • 80mm is the maximum spacing between the elements, and it should not be exceeded
  • Make sure that you do not run the system without installing the thermostat
  • Waterproofing must not be applied before putting on the screed to level the surface  
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