Tips for Installing Radiant Heat in Ceilings

For many people, installing radiant heat is an excellent alternative to other sources of heat within the home. Since there’s no air blowing through a room, which you’ll find with a forced air furnace, it’s ideal for anyone who suffers from allergies. They’re also much more efficient than electric baseboard heat, up to a rating of 20 per cent according to studies. The type of radiant heat solution you should choose will depend on the ceiling you have in a particular room. These tips will help you make the most of radiant heat in your house.

Drop Ceilings

If your room has a dropped ceiling, installing radiant heat is still possible. What you need to look for are panels that have been made to fit exactly into a dropped ceiling’s gridwork. All you need to do is remove the existing panel and replace it with a radiant heat panel. You can run the cords from the panels above the tiles of the dropped ceiling so they’re not visible then plug them in.

Panels On View

If you don’t mind having the panels on view, then installing radiant heat in a room is incredibly simple. All you need to do is place the panels so that you can screw them through the ceiling into the studs to hold them securely. After that, just drill a hole big enough for the cord and plug and you’ll be ready to go.

Small Spaces

Installing radiant heat in a small room is the simplest method of all. Look for a radiant heat panel that’s designed for small spaces which can be found at reputable hardware and DIY stores. These can be attached directly to the ceiling by screwing them into the studs. Finally, run the cord down the wall to an outlet.


Perhaps the best time to consider installing radiant heat if when you’re doing a complete remodel of a room, or even your entire house. This way, you can completely replace your old heating system.

With this method, you can attach the panels to the underside of the joists and you’ll be able to ensure the cords are run out of sight before putting in a new ceiling. The heat will still come through the finished ceiling.

Radiant Heat As Decoration

You might not have considered a radiant heat panel as decoration but they can be to provide a strong aesthetic appeal. Installing radiant heat panels on chains or ropes below ceiling level can bring off a particularly bold look. All you need to do is put hooks into the ceiling studs and attach the ropes or chains to them before attaching to the panel. You’ll need to make sure the panels are level and that they are well above head height.


When installing radiant heat panels, you’ll need to connect them to your thermostat. Knowing the response time of the panel will be an aid in programming your thermostat. Since ceiling panels tend to have a low mass, they respond more quickly. This means you can program the thermostat to come on shortly before you’re going to use the room in the morning and it will still be warm. This will also promote a saving in your energy bills.