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An Overview of Radiant Flooring with John Conti - owner of Conti Plumbing Heating and Air

By John Conti

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

Conti Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning is a family owned, local, licensed, full service plumbing, heating and air conditioning establishment.

We have over 60 years of combined experience in the business therefore; there isn't much that we haven't seen, and pretty much isn't anything that we cannot fix or replace. Our principles are based on ensuring utmost integrity, quality craftsmanship, cleanliness, and attention to detail.

What are the basics of radiant heating?

Hydronic Radiant Systems are the most popular and cost effective systems. In addition to homes, they are an especially excellent solution for commercial and industrial heating. Patios and driveways can also have radiant hydronic heat to prevent icing over. Hydronic Radiant floor heat uses water or a glycol blend heated and pumped through a series of zones or loops of PEX pipe in the slab or concrete. Small boilers or gas water heaters can be used to heat the liquid. Zoning valves, pumps, and thermostats regulate room temperature.

What are some important questions to ask the contractor before installing radiant flooring?

Make sure the contractor understands "closed loop" hydronic heating.

If you could, please list the steps of a typical installation process:

Depending on what phase the home is in determines the process. During construction the tubing loops or "zones" are installed before the concrete is poured. In an existing home some form of demolition will be required. You can either remove floor covering and some slab to gain access or you can build the existing floor up to cover the system.

How do you suggest clients prepare for a this process?

Prepare for a several day long job in your home. The room(s) will need to be 100% empty.

What are the 3 most common issues homeowners face when it comes to radiant flooring?

  • space for controls and heating unit
  • demolition and remodeling
  • initial investment

What's the best way for people to get in contact with you?





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