Installing Underfloor Radiant Heat Under Carpet
If you are installing underfloor heating under carpet, you have two options:
- Low voltage electric for an existing home
- Either low voltage electric or hydronic radiant heat for new construction (In the long run, operating costs will be lower with a low voltage system. With hydronic radiant heating systems, HeatMyFloors.com recommends having a contractor do the installation)
When installing low voltage underfloor heating under carpet, the heating element is placed directly above the thermal insulation and below the carpet padding, as the examples show.
A couple considerations with carpet:
- Well-insulated carpet can reduce the effectiveness of the heating element. Make sure you choose carpet and padding with a combined R-value below 2.5.
- Avoid prime or bonded polyurethane pads. HeatMyFloors.com recommends: Cerazob, cork, Pro Panel and rubber-backed pads such as Healthier Choice Sponge Cushion.
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