Radiant Heat Design Guidelines Radiant Heat Design Guidelines

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Radiant heat is becoming more popular with people in the United States, and many private homeowners and keen DIY fans wish to do their own radiant heat design plans. While radiant heat is not a new process in European homes, it is still at a fairly early stage in development in the US, and therefore, people creating radiant heat designs need to know a few important rules before they move from designing to arranging radiant heat systems to be installed.

Step 1 - Plan Your Radiant Heat System

Before you can begin putting your radiant heat design plans down on paper, you should know all about the different kinds of radiant heat that are available to the consumer. Designs for a room which uses radiant heat depends very much upon the nature of the heating devices used. Do you want a ceiling radiant heat device, which can be placed in areas of particularly regular use? Or do you want an under floor heating system to warm a living room, for example? Make note of your options, and decide which arrangement you would like to use.

Step 2 - Measure Your Room

Before going any further, you will need to measure the room you intend to install the radiant heat system in. Take careful measurements, both of the length and width of the room, and also of any furniture which is already there. If you are planning on using a ceiling radiant heat system, you can just measure the part of the room which will be heated by the unit. You may also wish to measure the height of a room, and any particular features, such as a large ceiling area, for example.

Step 3 - Understand the Rules

Due to the new status of radiant heating systems, there are fewer guidelines than you might expect, although there are a few which will have to be observed when laying out your design.  The most significant is that there are often maximum spacing recommendations, between elements, and these vary between different flooring materials. For example, while carpet can have the elements 8 inches apart, ceramic and stone floors should have the elements much closer together, the gap being only around 3 inches. Hardwood flooring will probably require expert help, as there are a range of mistakes associated with it.

Step 4 - Obtain the Guidelines

There are official RPA guidelines for the design and layout of radiant heating which should be used when planning any such installation. These guidelines are available on the World Wide Web, and can also be obtained through libraries, or maybe through local government bodies. These guidelines should be consulted when you are discussing the laying of underfloor heating systems or installing of overhead radiant heating elements, as they will provide clear advice about the laying of tubing, of flooring specifications, and other advice which will help you to get the best from your system. You should understand these guidelines before attempting to make your design.


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