How to Connect a Manifold For Radiators
A radiator is a great way to provide warmth and comfort in your home. When you are considering installing a new radiator, one of the most important things to consider is how to connect it to your existing pipes. If you are not familiar with plumbing, it may be a good idea to hire a professional to do the work for you.
A Manifold for Radiators is a vital component in your central heating system, as it ensures the distribution of hot and cold water to the radiators. There are different types of manifolds available, depending on the type of system that you are aiming to install.
Single pipe loop systems have a single pipe that runs from the boiler and returns back to it, all radiators being connected to this loop. The water travels along the loop and as it warms, it rises into the radiator, sending cooler water back to the pipe. This type of radiator system is often seen in larger properties, and can be very energy efficient.
Micro bore pipe systems use a series of smaller pipes that branch off from the main manifold to feed the radiators, and the same small pipes go back to the boiler on the return manifold. This system is much more versatile than the other two systems, as it can deliver a hot water supply to more radiators and heating devices.
Manifolds with a bleed valve are designed to release air bubbles that may build up within the system, which can cause damage to the radiator or other components. This type of valve should be installed at the top manifold (return) of your system.
The bleed valve can be used to remove air from the system before a new radiator is fitted, or can be used for maintenance or filling the system with water. The valve has a 1/4-turn handle and an outlet cap to allow for easy operation.
Uponor TruFLOW – Manifolds with Electronic Balancing
Uponor TruFLOW manifolds are a reliable system that features an electronic balancing system which reads the temperature and flow rate of each loop, automatically adjusting the system to ensure an accurately balanced system. These manifolds include a supply manifold, containing the electronic balancing valves and flow/temperature nipples. A return manifold with valves required for actuator installation and a fill/drain valve is also included.
Actuators replace manual balancing valves to achieve automatic zone control with room thermostats in each individual loop. This allows each loop to be split into separate zones, so that each room can be heated separately.
These systems are highly effective and offer a number of benefits over traditional standard systems, including lower running costs long-term, accurate temperature control and the ability to easily heat specific rooms. In addition to this, they are extremely reliable and come with a range of other added benefits too.
Thermostats for a manifold are typically more accurate than those found on standard systems, so they can help to maintain an even temperature throughout the whole house. They are programmable and can be controlled remotely by the homeowner via an app on their mobile phone or tablet.