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Radiant Panel Question

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Roland_6
Roland_6 Member Posts: 8
Thank you all who responded. I have been toying with the idea of a kick-spsace heater as it will coserve a bit of space. The only drawback is the extra cutting into the floor to accomodate the unit. A radiant under floor system was also a cosider ation but I don't know haw it wil interface with the existing hydronic system. Any recommondations for the panel radiators? Thanks again, Roland

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  • Roland_6
    Roland_6 Member Posts: 8
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    Radiant Panel Question

    Hi All,
    Just a quick question. Can a radiant panel be directly substituted for a baseboard unit? I am considering some minor renovation in my kitchen and the current baseboard unit(inexpensive 10'section) is in a bad spot. Do I have to consider different flow rates? Current hydronic system is mono-flo (diverter T's). Thanks, Roland
  • Brad White
    Brad White Member Posts: 2,398
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    Yes.

    Radiant panels are usually compatible on the same zone with either cast iron or baseboard but I find them more compatible with baseboard of the two.

    If you have a choice though, I would put the radiant panel in downstream of the fin-tube. The fin-tube, being more convective, makes better use of the hotter water. The radiant panel, being, well imagine that, more radiant, will be more forgiving of the slightly lower water temperatures.

    Radiant panels are an ideal use of limited wall space as you can go for depth and height to compensate once length is used up.
    "If you do not know the answer, say, "I do not know the answer", and you will be correct!"



    -Ernie White, my Dad
  • Donny
    Donny Member Posts: 37
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    other options

    consider a fan powered radiator unit in toe space under the kitchen cabinets
  • Aidan (UK)
    Aidan (UK) Member Posts: 290
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    output difference

    Be aware that panel type radiators usually don't have the same output as baseboard. You may need more of the panel radiator to equal the same output of the baseboard.
  • Jed_2
    Jed_2 Member Posts: 781
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    \"more of the panel radiator\"?

    The question focused on available wall space. So, what difference does it make if he needs a 20"h x 40"L panel radiator that puts out 6,259 BTU/H @ 167°F SWT, or a 24"h x 36"L radiator that puts out 6,610 BTU/H @ 167°F? He's still saving 6½-7' of wall space. So, what's your point?

    Jed
  • Brad White
    Brad White Member Posts: 2,398
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    Runtal, Buderus, Myson, Veha

    all come to mind. Runtal are more expensive in general and made of tubular steel construction. The others are more of a stamped steel construction. All work about as well but the Runtal I think of as being more rugged, more variety and available in other wall thicknesses (which goes to ruggedness but also weight and pressure classification).

    If you are on a budget, the latter three and others of that type should be fine. They also can come equipped standard with TRV's for easy piping.
    "If you do not know the answer, say, "I do not know the answer", and you will be correct!"



    -Ernie White, my Dad
  • Brad White
    Brad White Member Posts: 2,398
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    I think Glenn is

    emphasizing my point about increasing the dimensions to meet the heating capacity above what the available length of baseboard would provide and that a given length and height of panel radiator would not in itself match the same dimensions of baseboard, that's all.
    "If you do not know the answer, say, "I do not know the answer", and you will be correct!"



    -Ernie White, my Dad
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