Radiant Floor Heating - The Ultimate In
desire for comfort is a basic human wish and nothing
delivers comfort better than radiant floor heating. Imagine
your body surrounded by a cozy warmth that radiates up from
the floor. Radiant floor heating heats your body and
objects, not the air. The warmth stays down around the floor
where it is needed most. It is not wasted at the ceiling or
lost to the outdoors whenever a door or window is opened.
As early as 60 A.D., the Romans discovered
the best way to heat an enclosed space is to introduce heat
below the floor surface and let it radiate upward through
the floor into the structure. This basic concept remains
true today, and the tremendous advances in Wirsbo technology
has brought radiant floor heating into modern times.
It's simple...floors become large, mild
radiators resulting in warm friendly floors. The systems
circulate warm water through the flexible yet durable Wirsbo
PEX tubing that can be installed underneath virtually any
type of flooring material--wood, tile, even carpet. There
are systems to meet every need and budget from Radiant Ready
to Radiant Exclusive. Installation is fast and easy.
The lower water temperatures needed for a
radiant floor heating system mean lower thermostat settings
which saves on monthly heating bills. In addition, zoning
gives you room by room temperature control allowing you to
place the heat where you want it.
So many benefits with Radiant Floor Heating...
|Superior Comfort - Consistent,
steady heat all winter long remaining near the floor
where you are. It is a very desirable cool head, warm
|Warm floors in kitchens and
bathrooms. Beautiful wood and marble floors are even
more enjoyable because they are now warm.
|Efficiency - Because people are
in direct contact with the heat source, they are
comfortable at a lower thermostat setting. Energy
savings between 20 to 40% result.
|Zoning Ability - Radiant floor
heating provides room by room temperature control,
allowing more heat where you want it most.
|Decorating Freedom - because the
system is encased in the floor, furnishings can be
placed wherever you desire without concern for impairing
heat distribution or hiding unsightly heating
appliances. In addition, Wirsbo radiant floor heating
systems can be installed under any type of flooring,
including wood, tile, concrete and carpet.
|Clean and draft-free - there are
no noisy fans to blow dust and allergens around your
home. Because the floors are warm, they dry quicker
|Radiant Floor Heating Adds Value To
The Home - Radiant floor heating can immediately
increase the value of your home. Installing Wirsbo
tubing in slab or basement applications allows you to
turn cold, damp areas into warm cozy living space -
taking full advantage of all the available square
footage in your home.
|With proper design and insulation, the
benefits of a Wirsbo radiant floor heating system are
many. It's easy to see why more and more people are
choosing superior comfort and efficiency for their homes
is radiant floor so comfortable?
The human body has its own hydronic
heating system. Heat is distributed to the body through
blood pumped from the heart. The first priority of the
body's heating system is to maintain central body core
temperature. From there, blood is sent to the extremities.
Since the feet are the farthest from the central body core,
they are the last to get heat and the first to recognize the
discomfort of a cold environment.
Where the body's hydronic heat system
fails, radiant floor excels. Radiant floor applies direct
conductive heat to the feet (most of us have our feet on the
floor), and to objects in the room that in turn re-radiate
heat. Because radiant floor directly addresses the heat loss
of the human body through conduction, people are typically
comfortable at a lower thermostat setting -- around 65 ° F.
This is another reason why radiant floor is so energy
The common forced air systems heat air,
not objects, and warm air is often lost through the walls
and ceiling. Radiant floor heating heats the objects in the
room so heat is not wasted. Hot air heating systems do not
distribute heat where the body needs it most, leaving
structures with drafts and high heat loss.
Wirsbo PEX tubing choices...
Wirsbo offers two types of PEX tubing for
radiant floor heating applications: Wirsbo-hePEX™ plus is
oxygen diffusion barrier tubing. hePEX™ plus is designed
for use in closed loop hydronic radiant panel heat transfer
(radiant floor, radiant ceiling and snow-melt) and
distribution systems. Corrodible components may be used in
the hePEX™ plus circulating loop.
|Wirsbo-hePEX™ plus is manufactured
and listed to ASTM F876 as certified by Hauser
Laboratories and the National Sanitation Foundation.|
|hePEX™ plus is rated at 73.4° F at
160 psi, 180 ° F at 100 psi and 200 ° F at 80 psi.
These pressure and temperature ratings are issued by the
Hydrostatic Design Stress Board of PPI (Plastic Pipe
Institute). PPI is a division of the Society of Plastics
|Wirsbo-hePEX™ plus tubing is
available in 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", 3/4",
1" nominal inside diameter.|
|AQUAPEX tubing is cross-linked
polyethylene tubing with no oxygen diffusion barrier for
use in open, or open-loop hydronic panel heating systems
and hot and cold potable water systems operating at
sustained temperatures up to 73.4° F at 160 psi, 180°
F at 100 psi and 200 ° F at 80 psi. Corrodible
components must not be used in AQUAPEX circulating
|AQUAPEX is manufactured and listed to
ASTM F876, F877, and F1960 as certified by Hauser
Laboratories and the National Sanitation Foundation.|
|AQUAPEX is available in 3/8",
1/2", 5/8", 3/4", 1", 1 1/4"
and 1 1/2" nominal inside diameter.|
WIRSBO RADIANT FLOOR HEATING BENEFITS THE HOMEOWNER
|25 Year Warranty
|Immediately Increases Value of the Home
|Fewer Dust Particles
|Furniture Placement Not Dictated by
|No More Cold Drafts
|Warm and Friendly Floors
|Lower Energy Bills
|Room by Room Temperature Control|