Radiant Heating Systems
With radiant heating methods, comfort is the biggest benefit. Heat is distributed evenly through the floors, warming them and then radiating throughout the rest of the room. When the floors are warm, the objects in the room such as couches and chairs become warm too, making everything comfortable.
Radiant heat can be better than conventional heating systems because of the comfort. Even heating eliminates the pockets of hot and cold air typical of traditional radiator or convection heating systems. Instead of being warm right next to the heater and freezing on the other side of the room, radiant heat keeps the same temperature throughout the room by allowing heat to naturally rise.
The heat starts at a boiler or water heater, and flows through a building or home through PEX tubing installed using one of 4 methods. The tubing needs to have an oxygen barrier in order to protect the cast iron components in your heating system. Manifolds, pumps, actuators and other products help the hot water move through the zone or zones and back into the return side and eventually through the heating unit again.
When a temperature control in a zone calls for heat, the pump or actuator sends heated water through the zone until the desired temperature is reached. When the room is warm, the water stops flowing, and the boiler turns off.
Radiant heat allows you to keep the average temperature a few degrees lower than you’re used to but feel just as warm. This saves energy and directly saves you money. Radiant heat is silent with no creaking or rattling and there are also no visible components in the living space, so it will always fit in perfectly with your style.
There are 4 basic methods of installation. In-slab, joist, overpour, and wood panel tracks. When you decide to install radiant heat, you’ll need to decide how you’ll be doing the installation. This decision is largely based on the space available and the layout of your home.
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