Radiant Heat Thermostat Installation

What You'll Need
Radiant heat thermostat unit
Insulation tape

A radiant heat thermostat is an excellent choice for those who are on a search for effective heating options for your house. Radiant heat is one of the most energy efficient forms of heating. It can be utilized in your house to keep the floors warm. Radiant floor heating systems come in all shapes, sizes, and capacities, but what all of them need is a good radiant heat thermostat to regulate the temperature of the floor.

Step 1 – Selecting a Thermostat

There are many different types of radiant heat thermostats available in the market. Your best bet is to go with the thermostat that comes with your radiant floor heating system. However, if your equipment did not come with a thermostat, or you are looking to replace a defective one, you need to carefully pick a thermostat that is compatible with your existing equipment.

Look at the equipment manual that came with your radiant floor heating system. It will probably have some recommendations as to the type of thermostat that you can use. If the recommendations are not clear, or those thermostats are not available in the market, this is a good time to get some expert advice. Remember, the wrong thermostat will not only render your heating system ineffective, it can even damage it and make your equipment unsafe for use.

Step 2 – Getting Started

Now that you have got your hands on a suitable radiant heat thermostat, it is time to begin installation. There are a couple of things that you need to keep in mind before you begin.

  • Switch off the mains before you begin work. If there is a chance that someone else could switch it back on, post a sign at the switchboard or pull out the fuses.
  • Ensure that you are wearing rubber insulating boots and that your hands or the floor are not wet.
  • If you are replacing an existing radiant heat thermostat, make sure that you label the wires before you disconnect the unit. This will save you a lot of headache when you are trying to fit in the new unit.

Step 3 – Location

The location that you choose should be one where you can have easy access to both the electrical supply and the radiant floor heating equipment, as they will both have to be connected to the thermostat. The thermostat should also be located at least 3 feet away from showers and wash basins so that water cannot enter the unit by mistake.

Step 4 – Installation

Drill holes to fit the new unit into your wall. Connect the wires and cover them with insulation tape. Remember, black is negative and red is positive. Trim any extra wires and securely wrap them with insulation tape so that they cannot touch the live wires. If you are not comfortable working with electrical connections or if your local laws require it, you should consider employing the services of a professional electrician for this part of the job. Do also keep in mind that a DIY radiant heat thermostat installation may also void the warranty on your floor heating equipment.