It is very important for homes to be warm and cozy in the winter season and this especially in places, which face a harsh and bitter winter. While rising awareness among people about the environment and it’s conservation has lead to people opting for less damaging home heating systems like radiant heating, a little fact about the system is that it was used by the Romans to keep their bathhouses warm and comfortable. As most people are aware in Radiant heating systems the radiant energy is generated from beneath and from within the floor panels. Most home heating systems heat the air and then force it to circulate in the room, while with radiant heating, the surfaces are heated and the warmth air rises to keep the room warm and inviting.
Radiant heating saves energy as the air does not have to be constantly reheated, as is the case with Convection heating. When radiant heating was first introduced in residential heating, water was stored in copper pipes to be heated to pass the heat from the floor. This was very expensive and the copper pipes have a tendency to break. This made radiant heating a not very taken option when it came to home heating systems and it was not until the introduction of high-density polyethylene pipes were introduced that the home heating system became popular again. Extrusion process is used in the manufacture of PEX from tubes ¼ to 2 inches in diameter. PEX pipes are sold in coils as well as straight lengths. It is cheaper to repair PEX pipes, they are easier to replace and they are also one hundred percent biodegradable.
Another factor should be kept in mind if using PEX tubing for radiant heating. This is the presence of an oxygen barrier in the tubing if there are certain ferrous compounds in the system. Ferrous compounds may be present in the form of a boiler made with ferrous compounds, which may be susceptible to rust. The installation cost of setting up PEX radiant heating has come down considerably over the years with the manufacture of lightweight, robust equipment as well as precut PEX tubing, which can be readily fitted into the floor panels. The invention of PEX tubing has made it possible and affordable for all to install radiant heating systems in their homes without paying through their nose or without much disruption to everyday life