Experience the Comfort of Radiant Heat in Your Garage with an Easy Floor Heating Installation
Installing a radiant garage floor heating system is an ideal way to make your winter much more comfortable and enjoyable. Radiant floor heating is a popular form of floor heating called electric radiant heat. It works by having thermal masses, such as concrete, located beneath the floor, which acts like a battery to retain heat. This heat is then radiated to the areas around it. In order to install your own radiant garage floor heating system, follow these easy steps.
First, decide how large an area you are needing to heat, as this will determine how much material you will need and what layout will work best. Make a plan of the floor structure beforehand and try to avoid blocking fixtures that will impede the flow of the heat. Talk to the supplier and explain your layout, so that the correct amount of material can be easily determined.
Secondly, get an electrician to double-check the wiring of the radiant floor heating system. The system may need its own dedicated circuit and it must have an adequate protection from a ground-fault circuit interrupter. Ask the electrician about the need for a thermostat to give you complete control over the heat.
Thirdly, it is essential to prepare the floor based on what type it is. If the floor is a new concrete one, allow it to cure over time depending on weather conditions and seal it prior to leveling compounds. Uneven surfaces should be provided with a thin-layer of leveling compounds in order to smooth it out. Additionally, make sure to use a high-quality insulation as it will ensure your floor heating system works optimally in the long run and drives down electricity costs.
Fourthly, check that the circuit is working properly using an ohmmeter. Now you can install the mat. Take great care to not damage the red wire during the installation process, as it carries the heat and it cannot be replaced. Spread it out to cover the area most effectively, remembering that the heat will radiate to other areas as well.
Finally, cover the entire floor heating system with a thin-set cement and lay the final flooring material on top. You should now be enjoying the warmth and comfort of radiant floor heating in your garage. Congratulations on the successful installation of your radiant garage floor heating system!