Floor Heating - Frequently Asked Questions
Does Radiant Heating install floor heating or can we buy as a kit?
Radiant Heating supply and install floor heating to most areas of Australia through hand-picked partners and installers. However we also supply all of our systems in 'kit form' for people to arrange their own installation. Please note that all electrical connections must be made by a licenced electrician. In some states you may need an electrician to lay the cable as well (ensure you check out your state's regulations).
Do you have different systems?
Yes, we have several different systems to suit most applications including
- In-Slab for new builds and extensions - essential for polished / burnished concrete floors or for carpet and solid timber. In-slab heating is ideal for use with 'off-peak' power and smart meters.
- In-Screed systems - recommended for most bathrooms where a screen is being installed. Also suitable for living areas that are being screeded prior to laying stone and porcelain tiles.
- Under-Tile System - This is our thinnest cable or mat system, ideal where no screed is being done. Can be covered with a thin levelling compound and in some cases tiled over directly, but this often depends on the area, the type of tiles and your tiler.
Can I control the temperature?
Yes - all the thermostats we supply have very accurate temperature control. Most models allow you to select between floor temperature OR air temperature.
How long should I leave it on for?
This depends on your lifestyle and desired temparatures. Generally heating between 3 to 4 hours a day is sufficient to give you adequate comfort levels. Our thermostats have timers built in so you can set the times to suit your requirements. Times of operation will also be influenced by the type of system and if you have an 'off-peak' meter - please refer to the operating instructions for our recommentations and futher information.
What are the runnings costs?
Please visit our Floor Heating Running Costs page for detailed information
What is the warranty?
We offer a 10 year warranty on the heating cables/mats and 5 year warranty on the thermostats.
Does floor heating also heat the room?
Yes, floor heating will add heat to the room and the radiant heat from the floor gently heats the space around it. In many cases, especially if most of the floor is heated, this will be the only source of heating required, however please check with us or your installer regarding your installation. If you choose to only heat small sections of a room, then this is unlikely to provide 'full heating'.
Does floor heating cause any problems to the tiles or floor covering?
NO - Floor heating is designed to run at relatively low temperatures of 22-28 degress Celcius and this temperature will not cause any issues for tiles or stone flooring. If you have a timber floor you should seek guidance from the floor supplier to ensure that their maximum recommended temperature (often 25-26 degrees) is not exceeded.
Can I have floor heating in room which is to be carpeted?
To have floor heating in a room which is to be carpeted, such as a bedroom, you will need to have the heating cable installed either in the slab, or in a screed. Dependant on the thickness of the underlay, some of the heat may be insulated and so the effiency of the floor heating may be slightly reduced in carpeted areas.