The Fundamentals of Electric Floor Heating

Electric Floor Heating

An electrical floor heating system warms a room through pipes or wires that run beneath the flooring material. The wires gently release heat/warmth upward into the room, and the heat rises all the way to the ceiling, warming up the entire room. Electric floor heating is very effective in heating up floors that are cool to the touch. You can install an electric floor heating system on a wide range of floor types, including concrete floors, ceramic tiles, and stone. Electric floor heating systems are ideal for a big tall room because the heat originates from the floor where it is essential. For rooms where you are likely to walk barefoot like a bathroom, an electric floor heating system would elevate your comfort level.

Features of electric floor heating system

The system consists of loops or wire mesh running across the floor. The loops are not visible because they run beneath the surface. The electric heating system creates warmth through natural resistance, which occurs as electricity flows through the loops/metal wires. The resistant cable in the system uses electricity to emit heat. The system only adds minimal height to the flooring surface, and you will barely notice it. When compared to forced air, an electric heating system reduces allergens. You will enjoy a great source of heat from the floor to the ceiling.

After laying strips of electrical matting across the subfloor, you link them together and connect them to an electrical circuit. You also connect the strips to a line-voltage thermostat and secure them with a covering of thin-set mortar. It is possible to cut Matt systems to fit irregular areas. However, it is always advisable to use full-sized Matts. Ideally, you should have the Matts covering the entire floor, but you may also choose to heat selected areas of the floor. For selective heating, you will only place the Matts in the areas you intend to heat. If your floor consists of ceramic tiles or stone tiles, you may install the electric Matts over the cement board underneath and then place the ceramic tile.

Scope of heating

The system offers a far-infrared wavelength that ranges between 9.5 & 10 μm. When the energy from the system hits a solid object with low temperature, the energy converts into heat. Electrical floor heating systems are very useful. Often buried within thermal masses like between ceramic tiles and cement board, the system can retain heat for a long time. You will enjoy some great warmth long after you turn off the heating system. With the right temperature settings, you will barely notice that the heating system is operating. The system offers a non-invasive and discreet way of heating the floor.


Most electrical heating systems come with full installation instructions. Before installing the heating system, it is advisable to measure and verify all the necessary dimensions. The plan comes complete with electrical specs of the system. During installation, avoid cutting the cables. Cutting the cables may increase the wattage per square foot of the system. This would possibly lead to overheating.

With an electric floor heating system, you can reduce your overall heating costs. You do not have to overwork your space heaters or HVAC systems to heat the room.