Detailed Explanation On How To Install Underfloor Heating & Solar Panels

Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating is similar to a radiator that heats the room from the floor upward. Since warm air rises, you don’t lose heat to the empty cavaties in the ceiling. It’s eliminates the dusty vents which blow the dust and contaminants around the room.

For the system to function properly, the floor surface must be completely flat, or you won’t have even distribution of the heat throughout the system. Many times this means tearing out the old flooring and fitting a new subfloor. You’ll also want to take into account fitting insulation close to the edge of the room and the subfloor to prevent your heat from escaping and insure that it rises through the top layer of flooring.

There are several types of underfloor heating systems, solid floor, suspended floor, batten floor, floating floor and floor coverings. Probably the most popular is the solid floor system. The solid floor system consumes a screeded floor. A screeded floor has the best output of the various systems and yet demands the lowest water temperature to heat correctly.

In the solid floor system, after the floor is prepared, you layout a fixing system to hold the pipes in place when you screed the floor. You then lay the piping system. The piping system is a continuous pipe made of Alupex or PEX.

Before encasing the piping in concrete or screed, you need to pressure test it for leaks by filling the piping with water. While this insures that you haven’t damaged the piping during the insulation process, you still must pay close attention to during screeding to prevent harm at the time too. Be aware that liquid or pumped screeds may get beneath the insulation and cause it to float along with the pipe. Talk to the experts that supply the screed for the very best kind of mixture to use.

After you install your system, most companies recommend at least a 28-day wait before turning on the system.

Installing Solar Panels

One of the most important facets of installing solar panels is finding the correct location for installation. You’ll want the southernmost exposure for those in the North and one not blocked from the sun by the shadow of trees or other buildings. Since direct exposure to the sun is required, make sure the solar panels receive maximum exposure when the sun is at its peak.

After you’ve decided on the ideal area for the solar panels, the layout and purchased the materials, its’ time to head to the roof. Once on the roof, you’ll trace the rack design onto it. Where the base plates go, you’ll have to loosen a few shingles for installation and cut one away where the base plate goes.

You’ll need to put caulk straight down on the spots where you drill holes for anchoring the base plate. You next center the base plate, fasten it down and cover it with the flashing supplied in the kit or purchases you made. From that point, you bolt down the L clamps at each location and then bolt the rails to the L clamps. The final step is to connect the solar panel to the rails and then repeat the process for the next panel.