Radiant Heat Articles
The Right Boiler for Your Radiant Heating System
Choosing the right boiler is a major consideration when installing
a radiant heat system. For the utmost of efficiency a combination
boiler that heats your water as well as your home is your best
bet. Listed here are three of the most superior boilers on the
market today and a brief comparison to help you select the model
that best suited to your needs.
For Handing Your Radiant Heat Tubing
When installing a radiant heat system, if the tubing isn’t
handled or protected properly you could create more trouble
than it’s worth. From rolling out the tubing to treatment of
the bends, this article covers what you need to do in order
to have a stress free installation.
of Staple-Up Radiant Heating Systems
For existing homes, a staple-up radiant heat system has become
quite popular, but like all products a staple-up radiant heat
system needs to be installed correctly. Listed here are some
additional products to consider that will maximize your heating
efficiency and save you money when heating your home.
and Don'ts of Radiant Heating with Hardwood Floors
If you’re installing hardwood flooring in conjunction with
a radiant heat system you need to be absolutely careful in dealing
with moisture. There are certain steps to be taken and materials
to use that will ensure a trouble free and long lasting installation.
to Protect the Tubing Bends
The tubing in a radiant heat system can quite tricky to work
with. Many times a trouble free installation is plagued by punctures
and cracks as the tubing changes direction. in the radiant tubing.
Vs. Staple Up
As people explore the possibility of installing a radiant heat
system, many compare a staple-up radiant heat system to a Warmboard
system. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but this
article will give you some pointers on choosing the correct
system for your home.
7. Radiant Heating
and Radiant Barriers
Radiant barriers have many applications, but are especially
useful when installed with a radiant heat system. Think of them
in the same way as you would cooking foil. The reflective properties
of a radiant barrier will reflect the heat towards your living
space and make the heating of your home much more efficient.
Here are a few things to consider when selecting an appropriate
radiant barrier…read more.
Many homeowners forget an important part of heat efficiency
– insulating their foundation. If you have invested in a radiant
heat system, you will want to make sure that you cover all the
angles that create a tightly sealed and well-insulated home.
Your foundation may not be adequately protecting you from the
outdoor elements? Learn why…
Heat and Foam Boards
Foam products, such as spray foam and foam boards are an important
part of your home’s energy efficiency. Foam products can be
used to block moisture and insects as well as prevent rot. If
you are installing a radiant heat system, these foam products
are important to include – learn why!
10. Radiant Heat
and Ceramic Floor Tile
Making sure your ceramic floor tile is installed correctly
takes a little know-how, however when combined with a radiant
heat system, it can be even more complex. There are certain
materials and procedures that must be done in order for a crack
Testing Your Radiant Heat System
Directly after installing a radiant heat system you will need
to test it to make sure that it has been set up correctly and
will function efficiently. Many installers fail to test radiant
systems properly, which can result in a costly overall. This
article will instruct you on the proper way to test a radiant
heat system so you have a trouble free installation.
Heating Cost Skyrocket
When installing a radiant heat system the size and spacing
of your tubing become very important. With inadequately sized
tubing your boiler will need to work overtime in order to heat
your home. To make sure you end up with a cost effective system
learn more about the do’s and don’ts of radiant heat.
13. Snow Melting
A radiant heat snow melting system is becoming a popular way
to maintain a clear and easy to manage walkway or driveway.
But as with all products, there are certain considerations needed
to make sure your installation a complete success. This article
will start you off on the right track.
Heat and Concrete – Why proper curing is so important
Many radiant heat systems are embedded within concrete. Yet,
when doing a thermal mass installation, to avoid cracks and
shifting, the curing process and conditions need to be favorable.
With a basic understanding of concrete, and what it needs to
cure properly, you will clearly understand the importance of
letting your concrete dry at its own pace. Here are a few tips
15. Radiant Floor Heating
and Cooling Systems
Radiant floor heating has been used for centuries. The Romans
channeled hot air under the floors of their villas. The Koreans
channeled hot flue gases under their floors before venting them
up the chimney. In the 1930s, architect Frank Lloyd Wright piped
hot water through the floors of many of his buildings. Some
home builders' surveys have shown that, if given a choice, most
new home owners prefer radiant floor heat over other types of
16. Radiant Barriers
Unlike the more common types of insulation (i.e., fiberglass,
cellulose, etc. that trap pockets of a gas which in turn reduces
heat conduction) radiant barriers reduce only radiant heat transfer.
A single layer of reflective material, properly installed between
the hotter roof deck and the attic floor, may reduce radiant
heat transfer to the attic by about 95%.
17. Foam and
Foam Board Insulation
Even though many foam insulation products are more expensive
than other types of insulating materials, such as fiberglass,
cellulose, etc., they are commonly used in buildings where there
are space limitations or where very high R-values are desirable.
18. Demand (Tankless
or Instantaneous) Water Heaters
This is due to "standby losses": the heat conducted
and radiated from the walls of the tank—and in gas-fired water
heaters—through the flue pipe. These standby losses represent
10% to 20% of a household's annual water heating costs. One
way to reduce this expenditure is to use a demand (also called
"tankless" or "instantaneous") water heater.
for an Energy-Efficient Apartment
Simple energy conservation measures can lower your utility
bills while increasing the comfort of your apartment. Although
your landlord is largely responsible for your building's condition
and heating system efficiency, and possibly the choice of major
appliances, you make dozens of energy decisions every day. The
following tips suggest physical improvements and energy-conscious
habits that can reduce costs for space heating and cooling,
water heating, lighting, and appliance use.