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Converting to a Radiant Floor Heat System

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Install Wiring for a Radiant Floor Heat System – Typically you may specify the voltage of the radiant floor heating system, and I always recommend 240 volt because it will perform better, check the options for the system you choose.

Electrical Wiring for Radiant Floor Heat

Electrical Question: I am trying to buy a thermostat for a radiant floor system and remove the baseboard heaters in that room. So there is a double pole circuit coming from the breaker, the size of the bathroom means a 120 V mat. With 240V coming in and the end being 120V, what type of thermostat is required – 240V, 120V or do they make ones that down convert the voltage?
The baseboard heat system will still need to be in other rooms so can’t adjust the circuit breaker without a lot more work.

This electrical wiring question came from: Susan, from Albuquerque, New Mexico

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Susan

How to Install Wiring for a Radiant Floor Heat System

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, electric drill,  auger bits and extension cord.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and install electrical circuit wiring.
Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring for a floor heat system should be done with a permit and be inspected.

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