Hydronic In-Floor Heating Systems
Hydronic radiant in-floor heating systems provide you with an energy efficient, comfortable heating solution for your environment. They can be used for both indoor heating or outdoor snow melt/heated driveways. They consist of 5 main components.
Typically a boiler or a combination (combi) boiler is used to heat the water or glycol mix.
|Mode of Transportation||Modern systems use PEX and copper (Type L Copper) to carry the heated fluids while most older systems are cast iron.|
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A combination of circulators will move the fluids through the system, ideally emitting the heat at the desired location.
In order for every hydronic system to come together, the controls have to talk to each other at the right times. They consist of thermostats, relays, mixing valves, injection pumps and sensors .
Once the hot fluid reaches the zone or destination, a heat emitter is required to transfer the heat. This can be either the PEX tubing transferring the heat through the floor, a radiator, a heat exchanger with a fan which can also replace your furnace or space heaters. Passing the PEX through a concrete slab in your driveway or walkway provides an effective snow melt/heated driveway system.
This depends on the scope of work being completed. If you are thinking of adding in floor heating to a bathroom, electric is the way to go. Do not incur the expense of the mechanical room, tubing circulators and controls for a single room. Where a hydronic system will save you money is on efficiency. When heating your basement, you can switch out your existing hot water tank with a combi storage tank unit and add in floor heating at a very reasonable cost. It costs a fraction of the price to run a hydronic system vs an electric radiant system.
Typically radiant in floor heating or snow melt projects are completed in phases. Phase 1 would be to meet with the customer and ensure we understand their requirements. Phase 2 would be to lay the tubing for the heating system. The final phase would be the mechanical room, connecting the system, filling it with the heating materials and then starting it up to ensure it works.