So you are getting ready to start that plumbing project. Well whether your project is part of building a new home, a remodeling project, or a home plumbing repair project, PEX Supply has all the answers and products to help you complete your project efficiently and economically. Watch this short but thorough video on How to Make PEX Tubing Connections and I think you will agree that PEX Supply should be the next stop in your search for information.
PEX Basic Plumbing Supplies
Is it PEX tubing, manifolds, or installation tools that you are searching for today? Or maybe you are looking for tips on how to layout your system and create a list of the products you will need. Visit PEX Supply
Is PEX a new product or has it been around awhile? 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.
How important is it that I use authentic PEX tools? Purchasing the ideal PEX tool is a key factor when tackling a large PEX project. Whether you are a DIY or professional, there are several options to consider before committing to a tool. Each of the various tools utilizes a specific system of fittings and rings dedicated to the PEX tool for which it is associated. The most popular options on the market today are: the Uponor ProPEX Expander System, PEX Clamp system, PEX Crimp system, and the Viega PEX Press System.Visit PEX Supply
Radiant Heat Systems
Can I use PEX tubing for a Radiant Heat system? PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) tubing is a flexible pipe used in radiant heat and hydronic heating systems. Radiant heat is growing in popularity, and is now the preferred heating system in new homes. Radiant heat provides more comfort throughout the home than standard baseboard heat. PEX tubing is installed beneath the floor and heats the home from the ground up. As the floor becomes warm, the room is heated evenly and efficiently. Radiant heat is silent, producing no creaking, banging, or humming sounds that are commonly heard in other heating systems. Radiant heat allows you to turn the thermostat a few degrees lower than you normally would while providing the same warmth. This cuts energy bills and saves you money.
PEX tubing is approved by all major plumbing/heating codes and bends easily, making it more versatile than standard copper tubing. Manufacturers of PEX generally provide a 20-25 year warranty, but PEX is known to have a much longer lifespan. 1/2″ PEX is the most common size used in radiant heat, but 3/8″, 5/8″, and 3/4″ are also available.Visit PEX Supply
How About Boiler Systems
Does PEX Supply offer help selecting the right boiler system for my needs? A boiler uses natural gas, oil, or electricity to heat water or produce steam, which is circulated through a network of pipes into radiators, baseboard convectors, radiant floors or fan-forced coils. On average, 30 to 40% of household energy bills are from heating and cooling costs. The efficiency of boilers is measured by the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE), a measure of overall performance. Some of the highest-rated units are natural gas-fired, with AFUE ratings as high as 99%. In comparison, many older boilers have AFUE ratings of only 55 to 65%. Therefore upgrading to a high efficiency boiler can vastly lower your heating bills.
Boilers can be hot water or steam, and either type can be gas or oil boilers. The piping systems are different for each type. The hot water system boiler uses a pump to circulate hot water while the steam boiler uses its own pressure to circulate steam throughout the system. Both use a burner to heat the water to the temperature that is set on the thermostat. An aquastat monitors the temperature of the water and turns the burner off when the temperature reaches the desired level. Steam boilers must heat the water to a higher temperature, and therefore have lower efficiencies than hot water boilers. Natural-gas-fired boilers are more efficient than oil-fired boilers.
Combination boilers combine water heating and heat generation in one unit and can save considerable money on heating and water heating costs. The heating part of the “combi” boiler works in the same fashion as other boilers.Visit PEX Supply
Cooling and Mini Split Systems
Does PEX Supply offer one stop options for my cooling system needs? PEX Supply offers a wide variety of ductless mini-split systems manufactured by LG and Panasonic. Choosing the appropriate sized unit is based on the amount of required BTUs, which is dependent on several factors, including: climate, whether the split system will operate as a cooling unit only or a combination of cooling and heating, installation location (wall/ceiling), number/type of rooms to be serviced, the number of windows per room and the average number of people occupying the room at a single time. Our quick and convenient mini-split calculator will help you select the appropriate units for your application. Complete your installation with the appropriate installation kit, which includes a line set, condenser unit pad and thermostat wiring.