Radiant Floor Heating
Your home will be radiating, consistent, comfortable heat
In-floor radiant heating systems are some of the most comfortable and energy-efficient available. They provide floor-to-ceiling heating, so you can walk around in midwinter in bare feet and still feel a warm, cozy, comfortable warmth from under you. There are no cold spots with this type of heat. Since heat naturally rises, this is the most efficient type of heating possible. Floors become mild radiators that heat objects in rooms, not the air, so the warmth is constant, gentle and there are no drafts.
Radiant heating controls the rate at which a body loses heat by turning large surface areas (floors, walls, ceilings) into large, low-temperature radiators. These surfaces surround a person with warmth. Efficient and economical, radiant heating systems keep families like yours cozy and comfortable and often increase the resale value of your home. There are a number of radiant heating solutions to make your home comfortable and inviting. Warm your entire house or just chilly areas such as the kitchen, bathroom, basement, garage or entryway. Radiant heat can also be used outside to melt snow and ice during the winter months.
- True Comfort — Imagine your beautiful floors warm and cozy to the touch
- Works Everywhere — Under tile, marble, wood, carpet and concrete floors. Radiant walls and radiant ceilings can also create a cozy, efficient environment
- Economical — Potentially saves up to 40 percent in energy costs compared with forced-air heating systems
- Clean and Healthy — No drafts or fans blowing dust, dirt or allergens into the air
- Quiet — Eliminates noisy fans, popping ductwork and pinging pipes
- Increases Living Space — Lets you live in and enjoy that previously cold basement.
- Wise Investment — Makes your home more attractive to potential buyers
The backbone of a radiant floor heating system is the tubing. We offer a range of PEX flexible tubing products to meet the specific needs of your project. PEX is an acronym for crosslinked polyethylene, the raw material used to make PEX. The “X” refers to the crosslinking of the polyethylene across its molecular chains.
Crosslinking and Engel-method PEX
There are several different types of PEX on the market. The PEX tubing that we use is classified as PEX-a or Engel-method PEX. The Engel method is a hot crosslinking process, meaning the crosslinking takes place during the extrusion (formation) process when the base polyethylene is above its crystal melting temperature. Engel-method PEX provides the most control over consistency and uniformity of crosslinking so there are no weak links in the tubing.
When radiant heating applications require the flexibility, reliability and simple connections of PEX, but in a semi-rigid form, we offer multi-layer composite tubing as the solution.
Wirsbo hePEX™ plus – PEX tubing with an oxygen diffusion barrier
As we said, there are several different kinds of PEX tubing on the market and they are not created equal. Wirsbo hePEX™ plus tubing is designed specifically for radiant heating systems. It has an oxygen diffusion barrier so it can be used in radiant heating systems that contain ferrous components. The tubing’s unique shape memory allows for solid, permanent connections, minimizing the risks of leaks.
- Tested and proven for over 30 years
- Durable, flexible and extremely reliable.
- 100-year life expectancy
- Backed by a 25-year warranty