How to Install Wall Radiant Heat

What You'll Need
Electric radiant-wall heating system (radiant mat)
Electrical outlet
Thermostat (wall mountable)
Thin mortar
Electric wires

The wall radiant heat mechanism is a system which directly heats instead of convectional heating of the air. This makes it cost efficient and cleaner. Installing wall radiant heat system will depend on the type of radiant heating system you want. Common radiant heating systems use hot water from a boiler and circulate it within a network of previously laid down pipes, commonly it is installed in the floor. If you don’t have an existing design the safest radiant heat system for a wall is the non-hydronic one, which uses electricity to heat a wall system. Using a hydronic system in walls might cause leaking. There are many radiant wall heating systems available in the market which include heating mats, panels and tubing. The installation for all of them is nearly the same. In order to install the wall radiant heater, follow the simple steps described below.

    Step 1 – Getting the System Checked

    Before beginning get the electrical system checked by a professional/licensed electrician. This way any glitches with the wire system can be dealt with before hand, plug the system and check if the mat(s) are working properly. You will need an electrical outlet close to where you plan to install the heating system.

    Step 2 – Installing the Circuit and Electrical Outlet

    Mark out where the radiant mat is going to be set up on the wall. Close to it, lay out the wire system and attach it to the power supply. Adding a plug to the system is optional depending on your electrical skills.

    Step 3 – Connecting the Radiant Heating Mat to the Circuit

    Connect the wires to the mat to ensure that they circuit is functioning. Once the mats have been set in place it will be very difficult to get the wiring in place.

    Step 4 – Preparing the Base and Installing the Radiant Mat

    Prepare the thin mortar for application; clear away any dirt and debris from the wall before application. Once that is done apply a thin layer of the mortar to the wall. Place the radiant heating mat onto the mortar, use staples if needed (this depends on the system you are using). Once the heating mat is in place, cover with another layer of mortar to completely hide it. Any visible wiring can be hidden using the mortar as well.

    Step 5 – Setting up the Thermostat System

    Attach the thermostat device to the wiring system; these things usually come with a separate manual. If the set up is complicated it is advisable to get professional help. Once the thermostat system is in place attach it to the wall with screws.

    Step 6 – Finishing up and Taking the Necessary Precautions

    To finish off you can paint over the mortar and give it a clean finished look. Whenever dealing with electronics it is best to get everything pre-checked to ensure proper functioning. There is a wide variety of radiant heating systems available in the market, when buying pick one which best suits your needs and the area you plan on heating.