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DCP03380.JPG (119582 bytes)    September 9, 2005 - Wednesday - The radiant floor heating system is now operational!  This picture shows an overall view of our Ipex zone control panel, with the SH-14 Seisco on demand "micro boiler" mounted to the wall above the zone control panel.

DCP03382.JPG (119132 bytes)    September 9, 2005 - Wednesday - As mentioned previously, our radiant floor heating system is a "closed loop" system.  This means the water in the floor system never leaves the tubes in the floor and is simply pumped around and around the system.  An open loop system is one where the hot water being used by the occupants of the home moves through the floor and then out to a shower, faucet, or other location to provide hot water for the home's residents.  Even though open loop systems are legal in most areas, there is still some question regarding is it desirable for water that has been in a floor system for a long time to then be used by a home's residents.  Since there still are some questions, we opted for a closed loop system.  A good design practice for a closed loop system is to have a "make up" water connection from the home's main water supply feeding the closed loop system.  This is a convenient way for the installer to initially fill the system, it guarantees the system is always completely full, and its a great way to control how much pressure the system runs under.

The observant reader should be thinking at this point "is it really a closed system if the home's water system is directly connected to the radiant floor system?"  This would be a good question!  To make sure the water from the floor system never gets back into our domestic water system we have installed a double check valve backflow prevention device.  We chose the industry standard model 009QT from Watts Regulator Company.  This assembly can easily be seen in this picture above and to the right of the dryer vent.

Next we install an adjustable pressure reducing valve after the backflow prevention assembly.  If the pressure in our radiant floor system ever falls below the setting of the pressure reducing valve, the valve allows water to flow into the radiant floor system until the pressure in the radiant floor system matches that of the valve setting.  This allows us to control the pressure at which our radiant system operates, and it always keeps our system completely full.  We chose the model 3350-T from Taco.  The pressure setting of this valve comes preset from the factory at 12 psi (pound per square inch) which will be fine for our system.  If we ever want to change the pressure of our system the Taco valve can be set to another pressure in a matter of seconds.  This valve with its green top can be easily seen in this picture directly below the electrical panel.

To complete the water make system, it is fed from one of the ports on our wonderful Vanguard manabloc, so to the home's domestic water system it just looks like another cold water faucet.  Neat!

DCP03383.JPG (128925 bytes)    September 9, 2005 - Wednesday - For optimum performance, it is important to remove all the air bubbles possible from the water in our radiant floor system.  We remove most of the air in the system by using the proper filling technique when we initially fill the system with water.  Even with our best effort, there is still many "micro" bubbles left in the system after the initial fill.  To help this situation we install an "air eliminator" which will remove even the smallest of micro bubbles.  We chose the Spirovent Jr. from Spirotherm.  The Spirovent Jr. is the brass device in the center of this picture.

DCP03384.JPG (123545 bytes)    September 9, 2005 - Wednesday - Another "best practice" for installing radiant heating systems is to include an expansion tank in the system.  The purpose of the expansion tank is to provide the water in the system a place to go when it expands from being heated, and then to replace this water back into the system when the water cools.  The expansion tank has a bladder inside of it that is pressurized via a normal valve stem fitting on the bottom of the tank.  The pressure of the bladder is usually set to the same pressure as that of the system, which in our case is 12 psi.  Lucky for us the unit comes from the factory pre-pressurized to 12 psi.  The unit we chose is the model 15 from Amtrol.  Another great American company still actually making their products in the USA!

DCP03389.JPG (80747 bytes)    September 9, 2005 - Wednesday - Here is a shot of one of our test thermostats.

DCP03393.JPG (87341 bytes)    September 9, 2005 - Wednesday - Since exterior painting is coming up very soon, we thought it would be nice to have a place to clean brushes, etc.  To that end Jeffrey installed the utility sink in the laundry room.  We chose the model 15F "Utilatub" from Mustee & Sons.  The faucet is model 2121 from Delta.  Two great American companies!

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