How Does Radiant Heating and Cooling Work

How Does Radiant Heating and Cooling Work?

Nowadays, new technology has given us the opportunity to choose among various ways to heat and cool our premises. Among others, we have air conditioners, heat pumps, radiant heat, and cooling systems.

In this article, we will learn more about radiant heating and cooling, how it works, the benefits and the applications where it can be used. We will also have a look at various heating and cooling systems offered by Uponor.

How Does Radiant Heating and Cooling Work?


Radiant cooling systems work by circulating cold water through a network of polymer pipes installed in floors, ceilings, or walls. The same principle goes for radiant heating where heated water is distributed from a warm-water source such as boilers, through a network of pipes that is also embedded in the floors, walls, or ceiling.

Of course, radiant heating can heat rooms without both draughts and dust turbulence – but it can also be used for cooling purposes. This means you can have the perfect temperature all-year round, and not just in winter.

And since the entire installation is integrated out of sight behind your room’s surfaces, designing your interior architecture won’t be affected.

Are There Any Eco-Friendly Benefits to Radiant Heating Systems?


Thanks to their low operating water temperatures and comfortable room ambience, radiant heating systems represent the most energy-efficient method of heat distribution in buildings.

Due to lower system temperatures in their heating modes, radiant systems are perfectly suitable for renewable energy sources. This allows the primary energy consumption and the CO2 emissions of buildings to be reduced significantly.

What Are the Different Applications Radiant Heating and Cooling Systems Can Be Used For?


Radiant heating and cooling systems can be used in various applications such as:
  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Institutional

In residential properties, underfloor cooling is the most commonly seen option, as it is usually relatively easy to use the planned underfloor heating system for cooling too.

Ceiling cooling is usually a custom solution that complements an underfloor heating system

What Are the Radiant Heating and Cooling Options Offered by Uponor?


Uponor offers innovative solutions when it comes to heating and cooling a building. These are:
  • Uponor Minitec is the ideal underfloor heating for laying on existing screed, floorboards, or tiles. It consists of a self-adhesive foil element and Uponor Minitec Comfort Pipe 9.9 mm system pipes. The Uponor Minitec low height system can be used optimally as near-substrate underfloor heating in residential buildings.

  • The Uponor Nubos wet construction system has been developed especially for underfloor heating/cooling systems in residential and non-residential buildings. The Uponor Nubos nub panels are installed in the floor structure below a load distribution layer made of cement or anhydrite screed, and are available in three versions for different floor structures and loads.

  • The Uponor Smartrix underfloor heating/cooling is the cost-effective alternative to standard laying. All the components are matched exactly to each other and are designed for maximum reliability as well as reliable operation.

  • Uponor Classic wet construction system is the ideal underfloor heating and cooling system for variable flooring structures in new residential building construction and in the commercial field. Three different mat grids make it possible to adjust your heat more effectively. Coated fixation elements and robust pipe holders fixate the system pipes reliably and ensure optimal screed enclosure in the heating layer.

  • The Uponor Magna industrial floor heating can be integrated into the floor slab without any problems and thus provide more freedom in planning and using in an industrial hall. The entire system operates particularly cost-effectively, since it can be operated at low temperatures. Heat losses during heat generation and heat distribution can be minimised. And since they are suitable for the use of regenerative energy or production exhaust heat, radiant heating and cooling systems operate particularly energy-efficiently.

  • The Uponor Siccus dry system is a particularly universal radiant heating system that is distinguished by its low design height and its low weight. The Uponor Siccus dry system can be used in a multitude of floor structures both in new buildings as well as in renovation work.

As previously mentioned, radiant heating systems represent the most energy-efficient method of heat distribution in buildings. Both radiant heating and cooling systems can be used in residential, commercial, industrial and institutional sectors.

Uponor offers various innovative solutions for radiant heating and cooling, and if you would like to discuss the options available, contact us today.