Forum Title: Constant pressure and Flow
Hope I ask this correctly. With the heating system off on a radiator heating system, the water pressure is at 15PSI. This pressure was gained from the cities fresh water line and is regulated with the regulator down to 15PSI. Curious to know if this pressure has any effect on the flow of water through out the heating system when the pumps are turned on. Thanks
Category: Plumber Post By: LORRAINE DAY (Lake Oswego, OR), 01/01/2017

While visualizing this it did not make sense to me that it would have any impact on the flow. The pressure is constant and equal through out the system and shouldn't have any effect. So it can be 1000 or 5 psi and only the pumps would dictate the flow. This question arose for me when I read someone else suggesting they leave the pressure at a certain PSI depending on how many levels the house is. I presume this pressure is only needed to Auto feed and to lift against the water above. The higher the building the more PSI needed for the Auto fill to work properly but no effect on the flow. Cool stuff and thank you once again.

- SHAWN SULLIVAN (Sunnyvale, CA), 09/05/2017

Quote: Originally Posted by phishfood No, it does not. Pressure is relative, the only pressure that matters regarding flow in your heating system is the positive/negative pressures created by the circulators, and resistance to flow caused by pipe runs and fittings. I'm impressed phishfood. Where did you get your experience with hot water heating?

- CONSTANCE HALE (Brockton, MA), 10/05/2017

No, it does not. Pressure is relative, the only pressure that matters regarding flow in your heating system is the positive/negative pressures created by the circulators, and resistance to flow caused by pipe runs and fittings.

- FRANK YOUNG (New Brunswick, NJ), 10/07/2017

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