Technology brings us underfloor heating to our homes and offices. This heating system is great for homes or offices where cold weather conditions becomes an issue and helps us through that cold winter months.
Radient Floor Heating
Radient floor heat is also known as hydronic floor heating, and this is a method that is used to heat a home, office, shop and other buildings with heat in the floors. This will only be able to work when your tubing layout is embedded in the floor, in the foundation of the building. If you do not have a foundation and you have a wooden house, a thin mixture of concrete is laid down over the wooden floor. An anti-freeze mixture or heated water then flows through the tubing and this is what warms up the concrete.
Floor Heating Layout
The thing that many people do not realize is that all conventional systems that use forced-air such as wood stoves, electric heaters and other systems that produce heat, produce uneven heat. The highest temperatures are near the ceiling. This is where radiant is different, because the heat is put under your feet and this then gently warms up the room. When having your pipe layout planned out properly, you can also heat up a complete structure. You will be able to experience the heating levels and it will be more effective compared to other heating methods. This can be done with comfort and you will also know that you will not be wasting money on wasted energy. There are many places the water inside the tubing can come from when installing radient floor heat. The warm water can come from water heaters, solar collectors, wood stoves, demand-water heaters and heat pumps.
Copper Tubing Is A No
Years ago when floor heating was first introduced specialists made use of copper tubing. Copper is not a material that should be considered for floor heating. We have all learnt this in school and know what happens to copper when it is heated up. Besides the copper expanding, it will also leak and eventually corrode. If it leaks, the water can crack the concrete. Therefore, it is important not to include copper tubing in your list of supplies.
Making Use Of PEX Tubing
The tubing that many specialists use is called PEX tubing. This is the tubing that is designed to withstand everything that concrete and water at high temperature can throw at it. You will also be able to find this tubing in various diameters, and many people will find that it is the 5/8-in. tubing that is the popular choice because of its good balance of cost and pressure drop.
The Different Zones
The way the tubing is installed is preferred to as zones. A single room will be one zone, but if the room is large it will be two zones. You have to take into consideration the diameter of the tubing to determine the size of the zone. If you are using the 5/8-in tubing for example, the manufacturer will recommend 280-feet for the largest distance. It might seem as though tubing is laid down in no specific order without any calculations made, but there are a few things to consider when it comes to floor heating.
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