Radiant Floor Heating

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Radiant Floor Heating - Infloor Heating

Install one of these infloor heating systems for zone-controlled, even heating that is energy efficient and is very green.

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I can’t say enough good about radiant floor heating systems.

The reason for this is that I have had so much success with installing these systems.

This IS a proven technology and I have been specifying these systems for at least 20 years now, with very few, if any problems.

The technology has advanced over the past few decades, but the basic installation remains the same.

Radiant Floor Heating - In Concrete Floor Installation:

Radiant Floor Heating - In Concrete Floor Installation:

Radiant Floor Heating - How They Work:

There are basically 3 types of Radiant Floor Heating Systems, but all 3 have these common design features:

Radiant Floor Heating - Boiler and Solar Panels Used for Heat Source:
Fluid, heated by a boiler - or by solar or a combination of both (I highly recommend this for the ultimate green heating solution)

Radiant Floor Heating - Advanced Circulation Tubing:
Tubing is used to circulate the heated fluid through a series of loops that are placed in, on or under the floor structure. The tubing is the highest quality PEX, BPEX and PEX_AL_PLEX tubing that has the maximum durability for temperature and chemical resistance.

Radiant Floor Heating - Manifold System Used for Zone Control:
A manifold system connects the different tubing loops to provide zone control for different exposures of your home or different rooms. This too are constructed of the highest quality copper or brass and are often located in a wall which is easily accessed for maintenance, if required.

Radiant Floor Heating - Zone Controllers:
These vary by system size and complexity, but all systems are controlled by temperature sensors located in an optimal location for each zone.

Radiant Floor Heating - InFloorBoard Installation:

Radiant Floor Heating - InFloorBoard Installation:

Radiant Floor Heating - InfloorBoard Installation:

This installation is the easiest to use for residential construction. In involves installing the loops of circulation tubing in special infloor insulated board, which is applied directly over your wood subfloor plywood. There are 3 steps in installing this system.

First: The InFloorBoard is cut to proper size and then glued to the finished subfloor plywood. Then the contractor either screws or staples the board to a standard pattern to accomodate the PEX tubing layout that is required for that particular space to meet the needs of that heating loop.

Second: The remained of the pre-routed boards are installed in a similar manner which will complete the loop ends. Very little routing or sawing is required for this board as it is all pre-routed for the PEX tubing.

Third: Finished flooring is applied over the InFloorBoard and PEX tubing system. Floating Engineered Hardwood Floors and Solid Hardwood Flooring can be installed directly over the InFloorBoard. Carpet requires a plywood backer sheet, as does vinyl flooring. Tile requires a cementious backer board and laminated flooring requires a polyethylene floor pad

Radiant Floor Heating - Radiant Track Installation:

This installation is the easiest to use for residential construction. In involves installing the loops of circulation tubing in special infloor insulated board, which is applied directly over your wood subfloor plywood. There are 3 steps in installing this system.

The Radiant Track Installation is probably the most popular option of installing a Radiant Floor Heating System in an existing home.

So if you want to investigate this type of heating in your existing home, all you need is access to the underside of the floor you will be heating.

Tubing is simply installed between the wood joists in the floor, on the underside of the plywood subfloor, with aluminum radiant floor track that both locks the PEX tubing in place and reflects the heating upward to warm the floor.

Radiant Floor Heating - Additional Information:

One of the biggest networks of infloor radiant heating suppliers and installers is Infloor Sales and Service. You can visit their site by clicking on the link and gets lots of additional information of this great green floor heating option.

Radiant Floor Heating - Practically Invisable

Radiant Floor Heating - Practically Invisable

Benefits of Using Radiant Track Installation:
This system provides a very reliable method of transferring heating to the desired space or room.

The system is easily fastened to the existing subfloor with appropriate screws. Each Radiant Track is only 48” in length, is easy to handle and pre-punched for fastener installation.

Tracks are available for both the 3/8” PEX and the 1/2” PEX tubing systems or other tubing meeting ASTM standards for infloor heating systems. The aluminum construction of the Radiant Track effectively reflects the heating to the space above.

Radiant Floor Heating - Concrete Floor Installation:

This type of installation is usually installed in commercial projects, and is the type of system that I am most familiar with. It does however, have application with some more advanced residential systems as well. Installation of the infloor systems in concrete floors is rather straight forward as well.

Usually concrete flooring is poured over a steel decking for commercial use, but in residential applications, they would likely be a wood flooring and subfloor system.

In any event, the circulation tubing is very similar to the InFloorBoard system. The tubing is looped and secured to the decking with special fasteners or clips, which hold the tubing in place while the concrete is placed on the floor.

This keeps the tubing firmly in place and each line of piping should be carefully marked so the contractor is aware of the location.

So the tubing is completely encased within the concrete. Finished flooring is then placed over the concrete a a controlled use of fasteners is used when nailing down wood places for walls, This is why the contractor requires the knowledge of the exact location of the piping.

Radiant Floor Heating - Radiant Track Installation:

Radiant Floor Heating - Radiant Track Installation:

Advantages of Using Radiant Floor Heating:

Controlled Even Heating:
You will be amazed as to the amount of control you have with this system. The whole floor heats up and it radiates into the space, using the natural principle of physics that hot air rises.

Very Efficient Heating:
Each zone of heating loops has it’s own zone and the loop is only heated when a particular zone calls for heating. This means if you use a staged boiler, you don’t need to fire up the entire system for full heating capacity just to heat one space.

Easy To Tie In Solar Heating:
If you are intent on supplementing solar collectors to meet the heating needs, you can simply add a solar storage tans and some controls and piping and you are ready to go. Very easy and very energy efficient.

Warm Floors:
We all hate cold floors in the winter. I don’t know about you buy I love walking around the house with bare feet. This is possible with a radiant floor heating system.

Ability to Use Electrical Systems for Heating:
Do you have an entirely electric home, or want to build one so you can meet all of your heating and electrical needs with green power? No problem. There are electric systems available that heat the water for the tubing circulation as well.

Systems are Flooring Friendly:
You do not have to be concerned about using any flooring with these systems. Feel free to use hardwood, engineered wood, tile, stone, carpet, resilient flooring or laminated flooring systems.

Radiant Floor Heating - Practically Invisable

Radiant Floor Heating - Piping

Radiant Floor Heating Installers:

In your search for Radiant Floor Heating installers, make sure you use a contractor that is licensed and has a good number of these projects under their belt.

Ask for referrals and visit the installations and by all means, talk to the homeowners and ask questions such as how the contract was to work with, professional work, adhearanse to schedule and estimate and problem solving abilities. Also is he a team player.