Firstly water is heated and stored in a storage tank or geyser by one or more heat sources. The main heat source used by EcoSmart™ are Herz wood log, wood pellet and wood chip boilers, which is also the most economical, green and carbon neutral way of heating water. EcoSmart™ also use Solar Collectors, Heat Pumps, Wood or Pellet Fire Places with Water Heat Exchangers.
The stored hot water is then pumped via feed and return pipes to one or more manifolds hidden in the home. the manifolds in turn have special PEX (Polyethylene crossed-linked) pipes with oxygen barrier layer which are installed in the floor to a special design. The hot water in the pipes are regulated via actuator valves on the manifold and room thermostats distributed throughout the home. Should heating be required in any room according to a set temperature on the thermostat, a signal is passed to the actuator to open and a pump to start circulating hot water via the manifold to the embedded water pipes in the floor, until the desired temperature is reached in the room. The thermostat having reached the set temperature then sends a signal to stop the pump circulation and the actuator valve is closed.
ADVANTAGES OF USING A WATER BASED UNDERFLOOR HEATING SYSTEM
Water may be heated very efficiently using one or more heat sources at a fraction of the price of electrical underfloor heating.
Underfloor heating is the best form of heating available with no dust particles being moved around the house. No electromagnetic fields such as in electrical underfloor heating.
Water underfloor may be controlled via a simple wired thermostat controller to a sophisticated wireless system that controls the heat throughout the home all year round. The system needs no constant intervention and once programmed will give your home comfort all year round.
The water underfloor heating may be adapted, using heat pumps, to be used for cooling during summer time. The system may be integrated to provide hot water for domestic use, water underfloor heating, pool and Jacuzzi heating, Hydronic heated towel rails, Fan Coil Units and Radiators.
COMPONENTS OF THE HYDRONIC UNDERFLOOR HEATING SYSTEMS USED BY ECOSMART™
Water heating options
- Herz Boilers making use of biomass such as wood logs, wood chips or wood pellets.
- Fire Places closed combustion with water heat exchangers or back boilers using either wood logs or wood pellets.
- Solar Vacuum Tube or Flat Plate collectors
- Samsung Heat Pumps
- Austria Email Geysers and Buffer Tanks with guarantees up to 10 years.
- Solartherm Geysers with PEX Lining and Ten Year Guarantee.
Underfloor heating PEX pipes
- PEX and PERT pipe with Oxygen Barrier Layer imported from Germany.
- Herz Manifolds in Brass imported from Austria.
- Thermostats wired or Remote imported from Germany.
- The Thermostats have the capability of being accessed via Laptop, I pad or Smartphone.
- Wilo Brass or Stainless Steel Circulating Pumps.