Ceiling heat is a way people used to electrically heat specific zones in their houses . Heating wire is installed in the ceiling and usually covered by a special type of plaster which helps to disperse the heat evenly in the ceiling. One of the problems with ceiling heat is that it breaks, and when it does it is very difficult to repair. When this happens, many people decide to switch to floor heat.
Changing out your ceiling heat for floor heat systems is easy! On the same exact circuit floor heat can heat the same zones that were heated using the ceiling heat! Replacing your old ceiling heat with floor heat prevents your head from overheating and gets the heat to where you need it..your feet! Here at Warm Your Floor, we have had many customers replace their failed or failing ceiling heat with floor heat.
Adding floor heat will require you to replace floor covering, or at least make some modifications. Usually you can use the existing circuits because they are sized adequately. Floor heating is typically 12 watts per square foot. A single 20 amp 240 volt circuit can control 300 square feet. Thermostats for floor heat have GFCI protection built-in and a floor sensor wire that is installed into the floor.
There is no specific document or instructions for replacing electric ceiling heat with floor heating, but the basics are as follows:
- You should use existing circuits wherever possible.
- You will probably be satisfied with the same zone set-up if it was done intelligently when the ceiling heat was installed
- Ceiling heat thermostats are not compatible with floor heat, but you can likely use the same zones and electrical boxes.
- Breakers to existing ceiling thermostats should be disconnected and breakers should be switched off.
- Install new floor heating and floor covering (tile is very popular above floor heat, but any floor covering may be used once you lay down a thin layer of mortar) and connect heating elements to a new thermostat and connect circuit line to thermostat.