Central heating pipes as part of a central heating system can help to keep your home warm through the coldest of winters. Whether you are installing a new central heating system or retrofitting an existing installation, there are some things that you need to keep in mind. Here are some tips installing central heating pipes.
1. Know What You Are Doing
Installing a central heating piping system is a little more complex than the average DIY project. There are a number of technical considerations that you must keep in mind, so you should only take up such a project if you know what you are doing. If you don’t know much about central heating systems, you should consider hiring a professional to do the job.
Alternatively, you can always do some research and educate yourself about the basics of central heating. Also keep in mind that many local regulations require that certain component of a central heating system, such as the boiler, be installed by a certified professional.
2. Select the Appropriate Piping Material
Before you start installing the central heating pipes, you need to decide on the kind of piping material to be used. You have two options here—plastic or copper. Copper has traditionally been used in central heating pipes. However, these days many plumbers also recommend plastic pipes. Although the traditional belief is that copper pipes are more robust, the popularity of plastic pipes has been steadily on the rise. Copper pipes expand and contract more than plastic ones, which can result in the ghostly knocking sounds that are associated with hot water pipes. Copper piping is also more expensive than plastic piping. Ultimately, the choice is up to you because both types of piping materials are widely used in central heating systems.
3. Choose the Right Pipe Size
Selecting the right pipe size is the single most important decision when you are installing central heating pipes. Selecting a pipe with the wrong size can result in improper heating, noises in the pipe, and even leaks and pipe failure. Some of the factors that you need to keep in mind when selecting the pipe size are flow rate, flow resistance and pump pressure. The pipe should be large enough to ensure that a sufficient quantity of hot water reaches even the farthest radiator. You will also need to keep in mind the resistance offered by the pipe to the flow of water and the pressure generated by the pump.
4. Conceal the Pipes
While it’s a good idea to conceal the pipes so that they don’t detract from the beauty of your home, many people fail to take into account that they will eventually need to access portions of the pipe for repairs and maintenance. Make sure that all recessed central heating pipes are easily accessible so that you don’t have to tear down your walls or floor if your central heating system springs a leak.
5. Add Venting
Not venting your pipes adequately can result in a total failure in your central heating system due to airlocks. This is something that needs to be taken into consideration during the planning stage. Ideally, all pipes should vent to radiators.