Radiant floor heating can be a great addition to any home. Having the ability to heat the floor under your feet can provide you with a lot of comfort. However, when you have a radiant floor heating system installed, you want to make sure that it is done correctly. Otherwise, you could spend thousands of dollars having it installed and find out that it is useless. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when installing radiant floor heating.
1. Avoiding Insulation
Many people do not realize how important it is to properly insulate the floor before installing radiant heating. Before ever pouring the slab, you should make sure that it will be thoroughly insulated. Otherwise, trying to heat the floor with rating heating will be pointless. You need to make sure that the heat is traveling upwards into the floor instead of down into the ground. While you need to be certain that the slab is insulated properly, you should not forget to insulate the perimeter of the house as well.
Many people insulate the slab but forget about the outside of the house. Make sure to install a frost wall around the perimeter of the concrete slab before going any further. Otherwise, you can run the radiant floor heater as much as you want and not feel a thing. If you are working with a builder, make sure that you go over how they plan on insulating the slab before you get started. If you do not, you can run into serious problems during the construction phase.
2. Installing the Tubing
Installing the tubing for the radiant floor heating system is one of the most important parts of the process. The tubing is what allows the heat to travel through the floor and heat it. Therefore, you want to make sure that you install the tubing properly during the installation process. Check with the manufacturer recommendations to see how deep you should install the tubing.
If you put the tubing down into the slab too far, you will not be able to feel the heat at all. You also want to make sure that you put the tubing at a uniform depth throughout the floor. Otherwise, you will have some areas that are warm, while other areas are still cold. You want the radiant floor heat system to be somewhat close to the surface of the floor. This will ensure that the heat gets to where it needs to go and you have a warm floor to walk on.
3. Testing the System
Another mistake that many people make is not thoroughly testing the system before they pour the slab. As soon as you have installed the components of the radiant floor heating system you need to make sure that you test them. It is very difficult to repair a radiant floor heating system after the slab has already been poured. Therefore, you need to make sure that everything works properly before going any further.