The optimized piping layout is designed to match exactly with the construction plan of your building. The highly insulated pipes can carry the hot water from the source to the individual radiant panels in every room. You can control the ambient temperature level in each room, which is independent of the others. The insulation ensures zero loss of heat during the flow through the piping channels.
How it Works
The radiant heating panel consists of a copper pipe-work, aluminum planks and a cross-brace, and the foil insulation that is installed on the cross-brace. The incoming hot water passes though the copper pipes and heats the panels. The radiant energy is transmitted into the room in the electromagnetic wave range. The waves don’t heat the air molecules in the room directly. Instead, they strike the living and non-living objects within the room to create warmth. The heated object can retain the temperature for a relatively longer period compared to the air molecules which lose heat due to circulation.
As the objects lose the heat due to emission and the temperature drops below the minimum level (as you specify in the controller), the hot water generates the waves to heat the objects to the ambient temperature. The system remains idle during the time between ambient value and the minimum value of the temperature in the room. This system enhances the energy efficiency of the radiant heating panels considerably.
Proper insulation of the room can reduce the heat loss by more than 90%. A professional contractor can insulate the heat escaping points with the synthetic materials.
The panel designer considers the radiant floor area through which the piping is installed. It should preferably cover the living room, drawing room, bedroom, kitchen, and the bathroom. The presence of large size objects like the bed, furniture and fixture on the floor can enhance the heat retention and re-emission during the heating cycle. Concrete, metal, wool, synthetic fibers, polyester, nylon, viscose, leather, foam, PVC, and acrylic materials have the maximum radiation absorbing and retaining capacity. By having objects made of these materials in the room, you can enhance the heating efficiency of the system by multiple times.
Professional radiant system experts
can plan the efficient installation in each room depending on the heating requirement. They typically avoid the areas under the wooden furniture since it is bad conductor. Hence the net floor area will cover open surfaces.
The energy coefficient for heating the panels to the ambient temperature requires the smooth flow of the hot water at specific rate per minute. The selection of the right tubes on the panels can enhance the transfer rate even when the water temperature is within the 1000F to the 1500F range.
The radiant heating system can support a vast range of flooring types including the concrete, PVC tiles, asphalt, granite, and marble. The layout of the panels can happen before the installation of the flooring in cases of new house constructions. If the rooms have an existing floor, there is practically no need to remove it unless you are specific about laying the panels beneath the surface.
The radiant heating contractors can layout the panels on top of the existing floor and cover it with an additional layer of the tiles in a customized manner. It is easier for them to maintain the panels and conduct any repair works by removing the top layer of the tiles. The edgings for the tiles provide the required structural stability. The materials used for the tiles can ensure the foot traffic and light to medium weight objects like the furniture and fixtures.
The installation of the radiant panels won’t affect the design or the patterns you wish to have on the floor. In fact the radiation can pass efficiently through the tiling and the carpeting layers without any loss of energy.
If the existing floor in your home is made of concrete and you would like to have a wooden floor on top, it won’t affect the efficiency of the radiant heating system in any way. In fact, the tubing system and the panel can stay above the concrete layer with laminated wooden flooring on top of the panels. They can conduct the radiant heat in an efficient manner without causing any loss of heat during the transmission.
Even if the floor is made from hardwood, it is possible to install an efficient radiant heating system. Here, you need to follow certain quality guidelines for the plywood slab installation which increases the porous nature of the floor and allow maximum thermal radiation to pass through. However, the maximum temperature of the heating could be restricted to less than 900F for the hardwood floors.
Installation of woolen and synthetic carpets above the radiant panels and the tiles can in fact increase the heating efficiency by multiple times. It is due to the heat conducting capacity of the materials. The contractor can install the heat conducting materials like the high quality rubber pads beneath the carpet to ensure no damages to the carpet resins due to the direct heating effect. The combination of the two materials can retain the heat over extended time and transmit it evenly within the room. 3
Radiant heating system has the lowest maintenance costs and the simplest procedures. Regular cleaning and vacuuming can keep the dirt, dust, and the damaging elements away from the floors. The professional radiant heating contractors can perform the maintenance works related to the heating sources, piping, controllers and the heating panels.