If you have recently purchased or plan on purchasing a radiant or space heater for your house, then you should immediately consider how you will install it. Different styles and models will require different installation methods, so here is a brief overview to get your started:
A space heater is usually a portable unit which can easily be moved by one or two people. They come in many different varieties, such as convective or radiant, but both have similar installation methods.
If they are freestanding units, which means that they stand upright without any additional support, then all you need is an electrical outlet and sufficient space for the heater. However, you must take extra precautions to avoid placing flammable materials near your space heater, so a buffer space is recommended.
Some models also come with mounting functionality, which means they can be attached to walls. This can help distribute the flow of heat better, but you will also need to install wall mounts. If the mounts are improperly installed, then you run the risk of the heater falling. If your heater does fall from a wall mount, then it can be both a dangerous fire hazard and a dangerously heavy falling object.
Radiant heaters are commonly used to heat small areas outdoors, and come in three basic varieties:
Underfloor: These units are, as the name suggests, installed beneath the floor to heat a building or patio. This means that they have a fairly complicated and involved installation process.
You should consult an expert or the manufacturer of your heater prior to any installation, but the gist of the procedure is that you will need to install a manifold beneath your floorboards. This manifold is used to secure and support the loops used to create heat. When complete, the underfloor system will heat up your floor, which should then heat the room.
Wall-heating: These are somewhat similar to underfloor units, except they are installed in walls instead of floors. This might be a more desirable option for you, perhaps if your carpet is incompatible with underfloor heating or you believe that a wall-heating system would simply be more effective.
Overhead: These are type of radiant heater that your are most likely to have seen. These are common at restaurants, where they are used on the patio to warm up the tables and customers. However, they are also available for residential purchase.
Their installation is actually fairly simple, and will depend on whether you want an electric or oil-based model. This will determine the type of fuel that they use, as well as whether or not you will need an electrical outlet. All that you need is to buy the correct fuel and find a space that's the right size for them.
Reach out to a local heating company, like Gene's Plumbing, for more details on heating options.
My name is Sara Jenkins and I am the daughter of a plumber. As a young girl, I was not very impressed by what my father did for a living, but I loved spending time with him so I was thrilled each time he asked me to help with a repair around the house. What I didn't realize at the time was that my father was teaching me skills that would prove incredibly useful in my adult life. Today, thanks to him, I have completed a long list of plumbing jobs in my own home without the need to hire a contractor. This blog is my way of saying thank you to him by sharing all of the things that he has taught me about home repairs and construction.