What is a Radiant Heating and Cooling System?
A radiant heating and cooling system heats and cools a structure by circulating warm or cool water through flexible PEX (crosslinked polyethylene) tubing located underneath or within the floor. This type of system works in two ways. It radiates heat up from the floor to warm people and objects or absorbs heat back into the floor to provide cooling benefits.
Radiant is not a new concept. In fact, it dates all the way back to ancient Roman times. It has been, and continues to be, used in many countries around the globe to effectively bring comfort in even the most extreme climates of the world.
Radiant floors can be used alone or in conjunction with traditional forced-air heating systems. A radiant heating and cooling system is also compatible under any type of floor covering — carpet, wood, slate, tile, stone, laminate, and even concrete. And because it distributes comfortable temperatures evenly throughout an area, there are no hot or cold spots. It is ideal for buildings with high ceilings and/or expansive windows.
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After moving to a new location in April of 2013, San Francisco's new Exploratorium at Pier 15 is set to be the world's largest net-zero energy museum in the United States. Hear how this LEED® Gold facility incorporates an Uponor Commercial Radiant Heating and Cooling System with water from the San Francisco Bay.