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PA electrical code
Posted by: pbarra1
Date: February 09, 2013 11:50AM
Hello Folks. I want to install an electrical wall heater in my sons bedroom as he is over the garage and it is the coldest room in the house. Does code specify the height from the floor or height range it needs to be installed? It would be installed in an interior wall that is backed by an attic space also over the garage. I am also installing a timer switch that allows the unit to be turned on for 15 min, 30 min, an hour, etc. Power will be from an outlet in adjoining stud bay. TIA
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Re: PA electrical code
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: February 09, 2013 12:02PM
pb, electrical codes vary not only by state but also by county and city. Most of them subscribe to the National Electric Code (NEC). In fact, your home insurance may actually have even tighter insurance requirements.

I'm afraid you will have to research the code requirements in your particular town. And also see if you require a permit. Your building permit department people may actually be able to help you out... in our town they've even done code research for me and given me sketches of what I can and cannot do. Bring doughnuts and they'll be your friend for life big grin smiley


You will probably need to bring up a new electrical line to avoid exeeding ampacity. The manufacturer will advise on fit and installation. Typically heaters need to be a specified distance from combustible materials, but that depends on the heater design. Also the electrical line may need to have specific protective devices on it, since it's in a bedroom.

Good luck !
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