One of the biggest advantages of choosing electric underfloor heating is it is easy for you to install yourself. If you were putting a central heating system in a house you simply wouldn’t be able to do it yourself, unless it was your job! With electric underfloor heating as long as you are open to doing a bit of DIY, you will be completely fine installing it on your own.
Living rooms are the number one place people choose to install underfloor heating. The reason for this is because it is usually the most used room in the house. Families tend to eat dinner in the living room and it is the perfect room for relaxing. You may think that installing electric underfloor heating in a living room may be difficult as living rooms are often one of the biggest rooms in a house, but this isn’t the case. As no matter how big the floor space is, electric underfloor heating is still very easy to install.
Most electric underfloor heating systems do come with instructions on how to install it and what floors it is compatible with. But these guides can sometimes be a little technical, or may not be included. If this is the case, then this guide will walk you through all the steps of installing an electric underfloor heating system in your living room.
You Will Need
- A tape measure.
- Vacuum Cleaner.
- Electric underfloor heating kit.
- Staples or adhesive.
- Spirit Level.
- Remove all the furniture from the living room.
- Remove the floor.
- Then measure the area of the floor.
- Clean the floor using a vacuum cleaner to ensure that the floor is completely free from dust and any debris.
- Use the spirit level to make sure that the floor is level. If it isn’t then you are going to have to get some cement and make it level.
- Get a licensed electrician (unless you are an electrician yourself) to install an electrical box at the thermostat location. (N.B. – this is the only part that you may not be able to do yourself). This box should be included in your underfloor heating kit.
- Now unroll the electric heating mat so that you can begin cutting it.
- Use the scissors to cut the blue mesh backing of the electrical heating mat. DO NOT cut or damage the yellow wires.
- Separate the yellow heating wire from the blue mesh at the loop ends.
- You can place mats together at any angle. Just make sure that you have detached the yellow wire from the blue mesh.
- After the floor is covered with the electric heating mat. Secure it to the floor using either staples or adhesive. Again DO NOT damage the yellow wire.
- Test that the flooring works by connecting all the wiring. Be very careful not to give yourself an electric shock.
- You can now put your desired floor surface on top of the heating system.
- Put all the furniture back and enjoy the luxury and efficiency of electric underfloor heating!
Guest post by contributing author Richard, on behalf of UFH1. Check out their wide selection of underfloor heating kits!