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Radiant Floor Heating with Hot Water
"Radiant" heat is as old as the sun. It can make your domestic hot water and burn the soles of your bare feet if you walk on hot asphalt. You boil a pot of water and the heat you feel coming from the metal walls of the pot or stand close to a camp fire or open hearth fireplace is radiant heat. Put some warm water through pipes in the slab floor of your new house. You won't burn your toes, but watch the gals slip off their shoes on a cold winter night! I will take you through the hands-on process of designing and building a hot water radiant floor heat system for that structure you want to build (or even retro-fit). I am not going to be influenced by whether you are a 40 -year career plumber, a brand new architect, a house designer or a plain old amateur home builder because all of you must learn how this wonderful form of heat works. I go into such detail that I guarantee you will be exposed to much more radiant heat information than you ever really wanted to know. By means of lots of photographs, drawings and a full size blue print of a typical installation and tricks of the trade, I will show you to do it. There are several ways to accomplish this task that will last forever. Certainly, you have heard of some poor installations-I'll tell you how to avoid them. In Section I have intentionally skipped around with several subjects. Section II deals more specifically with details of the craft. Tools you will need to buy or make and techniques such as silver brazing and copper softening will be described. Section III will take you through the installation of a hot water radiant floor heating system designed by the author for a building designed by architects Father Gabriel Chavez de la Mora, o.s.b. , Mexico and Mr. Jerry Brewer, architect, San Diego, California and built by the monks of the Prince of Peace Abby in Oceanside, California. Construction was started in 1980 and the church and associated rooms consisting of 25,000 square feet of floor space was dedicated in 1987. Construction of many other structures in the years since-all radiantly heated with hot water in the floors have been built. Visits to the Abby may be arranged by calling.75% (12)
Snorralaug is a hot-spring bath, a basin of hewn stone to which hot-spring water is led along two conduits from the hot spring, named Skrifla, situated about 108 m east of Snorralaug. The bath is a circular basin made of Silica sinter, a type of rock formed beside hot springs. The bath measures 3.7 m - 3.9 m in diameter and is 54 cm - 84 cm deep. Its floor is faced with flat flags of silica sinter. No mortar is used in the walls, five courses of hewn silica sinter stones being laid very tightly against each other. The lower-most row consists of large, hewn flags placed on end. Above this are three or four courses of smaller, horizontally laid stones. Along the whole length of the base of the wall is a 20-cm-broad and 20-cm-high step, a cornice, on which the bathers could sit. Two steps down in the basin are linked to a pavement which connects with an underground passage, discovered in 1930, that may have connected the basin with the medieval homestead at Reykholt. The hot water was led from Skrifla spring by two conduits. Since these have been partly investigated by archaeologists, their route to the bath is known. They were originally partially concealed in the glacial clay subsoil and consist of hewn silica sinter laid to form a subterranean conduit, or a channel was dug out of the clay, lined with stone and covered with flat flags of basalt and silica sinter. The hot water from the spring is so hot when it enters the basin that it has to cool for several hours before it can be used. A simple mechanism, a stone, placed at the outlet of the conduit into the bath, originally served to adjust the flow of water. Nowadays, for safety reasons, the flow is regulated by a tap. An outlet to drain the water away is placed in the floor of the bath. A steam conduit has also been constructed from Skrifla hot spring, sloping upwards towards the west in the direction of the homestead of Reykholt. The steam was perhaps used for cooking, heating, or a sauna.Radiant system plumbing
The silver rectangle is the heat exchanger (wrapped in aluminized insulation) The leftmost insulated pipe (red arrow pointing down) is the hot water supply from the Polaris water heater tank. The brown pump is controlled from the green logic box on the far right. This enters the bottom of the heat exchanger, flows upward (big red arrow), and returns to the heater tank via the vertical pipe with the blue up arrow. The rightmost insulated pipe (no arrow in this photo) is the radiant heat manifold cold water return. This enters the heat exchanger via the horizontal pipe with the blue arrow pointing left. It exits the heat exchanger via the horizontal pipe with the red arrow pointing right. It then enters the thermostatic mixer (green knob), flows down into the pipe with the red arrow pointing left, and through the green air bubble remover. After the air remover, the heated water flows up through the green pump (controlled by the logic box), then either goes up and out to the radiant heat manifold (vertical pipe with red up arrow) or gets shunted by the pressure regulator (black knob) into the pressure bypass (vertical pipe with red down arrow).
Heating water with the sun is almost as old as humankind itself, and it is done all over the world. Yet there are strangely few resources on the topic in North America.See also:
Solar Water Heating fills this gap. It reviews the history of solar water and space heating systems from prehistory to the present, then presents the basics of solar water heating, including an introduction to modern solar energy systems, energy conservation and energy economics. Drawing on the author’s experience as an installer of these systems, the book goes on to cover:
Types of solar collectors, solar water and space heating systems and solar pool heating systems, including their advantages and disadvantages
System components, their installation, operation, and maintenance
System sizing and siting
Choosing the appropriate system.
Since people often get turned off by the up-front cost, the book focuses especially on the financial aspects of solar water or space heating systems, clearly showing that such systems can save significant costs in the long run. Well-illustrated, the book is designed for a wide readership from the curious to the student or professional.
Bob Ramlow is the solar thermal consultant for the Wisconsin Focus on Energy Program. The owner of a renewable energy company, he has over 30 years experience with solar energy systems and is a founder and director of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA). Benjamin Nusz currently works as a solar water heating consultant and site assessor in Wisconsin.
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