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Dec 23, 2013, 11:29 PM
NickMc13
Radiant Heat in Ceiling
I want to do a remodel in my kitchen, but I have radiant heating in the ceiling throughout the house. There is a wall that I want to take out, but it has the thermostat on it and needs to be relocated. I also want to put new lighting in there as well. I am not sure where to begin. I should not have a problem rerouting the thermostat, but I am concerned about how to work in the ceiling to run electric and install new fixtures. Any tips?!?
Dec 24, 2013, 02:48 AM
joecaption
Unless you have X-ray vision I'd go to plan B and change your plans.


joecaption
Dec 24, 2013, 01:56 PM
Frodo
do you have radiant heat in your ceiling? or..below the floor in the ceiling above you? if under the floor, in the ceiling above you...the pipes or cable should be attached to the underside of the floor
with a heat/tinfoil insulation under it..
if its above the ceiling,,and acting as heat for the room below
as others have said...plan b


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Dec 24, 2013, 05:15 PM
Jaybee
You cannot do much to remodel with ceiling radiant heat. It is almost impossible to locate all the wires so it's a real crap shoot if you have to cut into the ceiling at all. Usually, the wires are about 4" apart, but since they are set inbetween two layers of drywall / plaster you just can't be sure. The general advice for remodeling with Ceilheat is to leave everything alone.

Now I'll butt in with some general advice from a contractor: Seriously consider investing the money to dump the Ceilheat and install a forced air system. Ceilheat has a lot of bad things about it and nothing good - other than in your case the fact that it's what you currently have. It is expensive to run and only heats the upper 4' of a room, leaving the floor cold. Take a look at your winter electric bills and run the numbers. Usually if you change out from Ceilheat to a more modern system you will get total payback in just a few years.


Jaybee
Dec 24, 2013, 06:47 PM
joecaption
That was one of those ideas long ago when electricity was cheap that sounded good on paper.
Who ever came up with it must have been asleep the day in class when they discussed how heat rises.


joecaption
Dec 25, 2013, 09:14 AM
CommonwealthSparky
I agree, and always had though that whomever designed this set up was asleep during science class.


Popeye only reached for the Spinach can as a last resort...
Dec 25, 2013, 11:42 AM
Jaybee
quote:
Originally posted by CommonwealthSparky:
I agree, and always had though that whomever designed this set up was asleep during science class.


Or maybe owned a power company.


Jaybee
Dec 25, 2013, 03:36 PM
CommonwealthSparky
That could be as well. Luckily I think that we ran into such a Rube Goldberg like set up only once. Ant the homeowner hated it as really it heated the second floor addition above the system, but that had heat in the room as well. Sauna like conditions in that room we were told.


Popeye only reached for the Spinach can as a last resort...