Over the years, electric underfloor heating has been considered a luxury by most people. However, the need to go green is changing this. Today, homeowners with preserving the environment through clean energy in mind are making it a necessity to have both new and traditional properties installed with electric underfloor heating.
As an electrical contractor, this trend calls for you to get to grips on how to install electric underfloor heating in both new and traditional homes. Here are a few tips to help you when installing electric underfloor heating;
1. Consider the insulation of the property
Various types of floor coverings require different insulations. For instance, the laminate wood floor requires foam insulation to help with even distribution of heat throughout the room.
For solid concrete floors, it is ideal to use a layer of insulating board for adequate insulation. Besides, to avoid damp problems associated with concrete floors, you can use limecrete while installing underfloor heating.
On the other hand, unlike new buildings, most old properties are poorly insulated, hence a lot of heat is likely to escape when you install underfloor heating. You can create an insulating barrier beneath the old home’s floor structure and underfloor heating to prevent any heat loss.
2. Remember to use a levelling compound
It is advisable to pour your levelling mixture after you’ve installed and tested the electric underfloor heating system.
A suitable levelling compound ensures there is a fast and efficient heat transfer on the floor. The compound will not only ensure there are no hot and cold spots but also provide a safe and reliable base for you to fit the final floor cover.
3. Use Flexible Tile Adhesive on your mats and cables
Covering the system with flexible tile adhesive helps the cables to release heat efficiently hence avoiding overheating. In addition, the adhesives allow the heating unit to move freely as it heats and cools. It is also advisable to lay the heating mats beneath the floorboards using flexible tile adhesive.
4. Place all the connections of the heating system below the final floor covering.
Leaving cables in the open air above the floor covering increases not only the risk of accidents but also mechanical damage due to overheating. Therefore, ensure all the cables are under the final floor covering and cover them with aluminium tap to ensure efficient heat transfer.