A simple description of a manifold is that it is a short pipe with side outlets; it is mainly used to distribute water to different sections of the house. Radiant heating is a process of heating the floor in countries where the temperature flows below zero degrees. It is done by passing hot water through pipes laid under the wooden floor. The water circulation system needs many components for the purpose. Radiant heating manifold is an inevitable device in the floor heating system.
Radiant heating manifold is a set consisting of two manifolds of which one is for the supply of hot water and the other is for the collection of the used water and to send it back to the boiler for re-heating. Every radiant heating manifold is tested properly so that it can withstand the pressure properly. It is pre-assembled and all the essential components like flow indicators and manual balancing valve, temperature gauges, ball valves to shut off or allow the flow of water and automatic air vent are found in each and every manifold. The mounting brackets are also present along with the set so that the manifold is fixed properly.
Radiant heating manifold can be used with many different types of installations. It can be used for staple up systems, baseboard radiators, in-floor and concrete slabs. It is equally effective with all the systems. The size of the manifold varies with the number of outlets it has. They come with as few as two to as many as twelve. The number of manifolds required can be calculated as the distance between the outlets is fixed. The maximum flow handling capacity of each outlet is 1.4 gallons per minute. The flow of hot water has to be fixed keeping the capacity of the outlet pipes in mind.