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PEX Tubing is the flexible material used in Radiant Heat and Hydronic Heating Systems. Hot water passes through the PEX and warms the room. An oxygen barrier is typically required.
PEX Fittings are used to make PEX to PEX Connections, to connect PEX to a manifold, & to connect PEX to another material. Several varieties of Radiant Heat Fittings are available.
Manifolds play an important role in Radiant Heat applications. Manifolds are the place where supply water from the heat source is separated into smaller lines and dispersed throughout the Radiant Heat System.
This category includes all of the tools needed for Radiant Heat. These PEX Tools include the tools needed to make PEX connections, hook up manifolds, cut and uncoil tubing, and more.
Radiant Heat Controls include actuators, thermostats, and zone valves. These radiant heat controls will operate the flow of water in a radiant heat system.
Radiant Heat Panels will improve the efficiency of a radiant heat system. These panels include Wirsbo Quik Trak which can be used above a sub-floor, and Wirsbo Joist Trak which should be placed in between the joists below the space to be heated.
Insulation lowers the heat loss of a Radiant Heating System. Therefore in the long run it will save money in the form of lower energy bills. Heating systems will perform better if insulation is used. The insulation listed below is ideal for under-slab Radiant Heat installations.
Installation accessories include the items needed to install PEX Tubing for Radiant Heat Systems. These include tube talons for PEX Tubing, Bend Supports for PEX Tubing, and several Radiant Heat Books.
PEX Tubing is widely used to replace copper in plumbing applications. Typically, red PEX tubing is used for hot water while blue PEX tubing is used for cold water.
PEX Fittings are used to make PEX to PEX Connections, to connect PEX to a manifold, & to connect PEX to another material. Several varieties of PEX Plumbing Fittings are available.
PEX Plumbing Manifolds should be used to ease the installation of PEX Plumbing systems. In a PEX plumbing system, the manifold/s will act as a hub for water transportation. These manifolds include the Manabloc manifold system, Wirsbo Aquacenter manifolds, and copper manifolds. Be sure to select the right fittings and adapters to go along with these manifolds.
This category includes all of the PEX Tools needed for PEX Plumbing. These include the tools needed to make PEX connections, hook up manifolds, cut tubing, and more.
Installation accessories are the items needed to aid in the installation of PEX Tubing for PEX Plumbing systems.
Looking for a great PEX Plumbing kit? Well, here you can find four handy starter kits to help you in all of your PEX Plumbing endeavors. Whether it's PEX Plumbing or a specific system (HydroPEX Clamp System, Uponor ProPEX System, PEX Crimp System, PEX Press System) you are looking for, you'll love the convenience and simplicity of these kits.
PEX stands for cross-linked polyethylene. It is a type of plastic tubing used in both plumbing and heating applications.
PEX has been installed in Europe for over 30 years, and its use has become widespread in the United States over the last 10 to 15
years. Because of its ease of installation, reliability, and relatively low cost, PEX is continuously growing in popularity.
It is more flexible, stands up to freezing better, and is less expensive than copper and CPVC pipe.
PEX is manufactured in three different grades: PEX-a, PEX-b, and PEX-c. Each differs in the way it is produced:
PEX-a is made using the Engel method and is the strongest, most uniform, and most flexible out of the three.
PEX-b is made using the Silane method and has the same properties as PEX-a after installation.
PEX-c is made using the electronic beam method, which is the most environmentally friendly method out of the three.
PEX is great for use in hydronic or radiant heat systems, withstanding temperatures as high as 200 degrees.
PEX tubing is widely used as an alternative to copper piping in plumbing systems.
To differentiate between hot and cold lines, PEX comes in red and blue colors.
PEX for heating typically contains an oxygen barrier to prevent the rusting of ferrous system components.
It is available in sizes ranging from 1/4" to 4" (1/2" and 3/4" are the most common), with larger-sized tubing becoming more popular as the fittings and tools have become more readily available. PEX also comes in coils ranging from 100' to 2000' and comes in straight lengths generally between 10' and 20'. Additionally, PEX can be buried in a slab or underground, making it extremely versatile and adaptable.
Manifolds are common additions to PEX systems, functioning as the "hub" or centralized location for all of the PEX lines. In radiant heat systems, manifolds act as the distribution points from which loops run. In plumbing systems, there may be one centralized manifold (known as a "Home Run system") or multiple smaller manifolds distributed throughout the residence.
There are several different PEX fitting and tool systems: crimp/clamp, expander, press, and compression. Perhaps the most widely used system is the crimp or clamp system, which utilizes barbed fittings with copper crimp rings or stainless steel clamps. The system most widely used by professionals is the Uponor expander system. The Uponor expander system for connecting PEX uses an expander tool alongside specialized ProPEX fittings. Another popular PEX system amongst trade professionals is Viega's press system. The PEX press system uses press fittings, sleeves, and a PEX press tool. Finally compression fittings, such as Sharkbite fittings, make fast and easy PEX connections.
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