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Geothermal Radiant Heating

11/15/2013

Modern central heating comes in two types--convection and hydronic. Convection heating uses the movement of air to heat space. The most common kind of convection heating is "forced air," using pipes to push heated air throughout the building. Hydronic (water) heat uses radiators, baseboards or radiant heat in floors or walls to put heat where it's needed. Given the proper heat producer and distribution materials, radiant heat can be more efficient than any other form of heating. Its main advantages are its uniform effect and comfort.

Unlike most traditional home heating systems, radiant floor heat does not rely on ducted forced air to spread heat through a room. Radiant heat transfer occurs when elements within the floor itself are heated, circulating rising heat from the floor surface around the rest of the room in a process called convection. The hydronic systems utilize a geothermal heat pump that heats water, which is then pumped through tubes in the floor or under the finished floor.

 

Most radiant heat is installed during construction but it can be part of a remodeling retrofit. It is installed by laying coils on a completely smooth prepared subsurface covered with a thin layer of cement-based composite material or by threading the coils through floor joists. Either type installation must be tested at various stages and properly insulated underneath so that all of the heat rises through the floor on top of it.
 
Below is a picture of a project currently in process.
 
Yamhill Radiant
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