Factors such as tubing size and circuit length directly represent the heat output (in BTH/sq ft/hr) of the radiant heating system. The later is especially important, since heat loss calculation is the initial stage of every radiant heating project and allow the engineer to determine which tubing size to specify.
Some of the common examples are listed below:
|PEX Tubing Size||Recommended
|Recommended tube spacing (OC)||Suggested flow (GPM)||Floor output (BTU/sq ft/hr)|
To increase the floor output for selected tubing size and length, the flow needs to be increased.
For example, by increasing the flow through 1/2" PEX tubing by only 0.1 GPM, floor output will increase at 5 BTU/sq ft/hr.
For actual calculations, consult with your radiant system designer.