2023 - Volume #47, Issue #4, Page #28[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Easy-To-Install DIY Wall Heating Kits
Robert Starr, Radiantec owner, says up to 50 percent or more of material and installation costs can be saved when work is done using a DIY kit. Additionally, an expensive boiler isn’t needed for any of their systems. A regular domestic water heater will do the job.
“We assess a customer’s needs, design the most cost-effective and energy-efficient system, then ship all the necessary components, including an easy-to-understand manual,” says Don Vance, Radiantec design engineer. “Kits are preassembled and pretested. All our tubing, pumps, gauges, and manifolds are ready to install using only basic tools.”
Control manifolds are easily positioned near the water heater using supplied bell hangers.
Pex tubing installation is simple as foam insulation sheets are placed between studs with the reflective side facing the heated area. The tubing is then looped within the cavity of the wall space through holes drilled in the studs.
Preformed aluminum fins are wrapped around the tubes with some of the fin in contact with the stud and some contacting the air. It’s recommended that about half of the heating tubes are covered with the fins.
Once all the wall space has been filled, the tubing can be routed back and connected to the manifold with compression fittings.
Radiantec recommends pressure testing of the tubing using the supplied testing kit as they stress the time to find potential issues is before you put in the plates, barriers, insulation and sheetrock. Any air compressor will work to complete the test.
Vance says if a customer experiences problems before, during or after a job is completed, Radiantec is always available with experienced free advice and technical services.
Prices vary based on the heat source and area to be covered. Contact Radiantec direct for more information.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Radiantec, P.O. Box 1111, Lyndonville, Vt. 05851 (ph 800-451-7593; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.radiantec.com).
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