Thinking about remodeling? Consider radiant floor heating.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 14:21

The leaves are falling, winter is just around the corner and it's a great time to start thinking about remodeling and improving your home. Home comfort should be at the top of your wish list and what better way to achieve this than through the quiet, invisible warmth of radiant heat. Warmboard delivers the ultimate performance in radiant home heating: fast responding, efficient, and luxuriously comfortable.

Warmboard makes a radiant panel that is ideal for remodel and retrofit applications. Warmboard-R is a 13/16" thick panel that provides the same superior radiant heat performance of our 1-1/8" thick Warmboard radiant subfloor panel. This slimmer profile combined with an easier to handle panel size is ideal for remodels and renovations where the full strength of 1-1/8" Warmboard is not required.

With certain project limitations, such as floor height, the smaller panel dimensions and reduced thickness of Warmboard-R allow the remodeling homeowner to enjoy all the superior benefits Warmboard provides. It is also an ideal ceiling panel - perfect when existing floor coverings must be preserved or in specific climates where radiant cooling can provide relief from the outdoor heat.

There are many reasons why remodeling with radiant heat is a smart decision. We routinely hear from our customers that they wonder how they ever lived without radiant before. Warmboard has many benefits compared to forced air heating: it is more comfortable, more energy efficient, provides a healthier environment and is more aesthetically pleasing.

With a Warmboard home, it’s what you don’t notice. No air vents or baseboard radiators to see or limit furniture placement. No noisy mechanical systems blowing hot air and dust: irritating your allergies or exacerbating winter dryness. No wasted energy as hot air rises to the ceiling, making upstairs bedrooms too hot while downstairs remains cold. And rooms with high, open ceilings and/or floor-to-ceiling windows can be heated easily and efficiently. Mechanical systems for radiant systems can also be designed more freely because of the ability to easily interface with solar, geothermal and cogeneration fuel cells.

A typical radiant heated home in the United States can expect a 25% energy savings over a conventional forced air home. This 25% savings can be attributed to a number of factors that include parasitic losses, lower ceiling temperatures, and the ability to zone the home so heat is delivered where, and when it is needed. (The 25% figure comes from a 1998 study by Kansas State University and the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers [ASHRAE])

While there are many variables to consider, including climate and insulation of a home, in most instances, Warmboard can comfortably heat your home using water temperatures around 108 degrees Fahrenheit. Compared to other systems that use water in excess of 140 degrees, you can imagine a significant savings on your energy bill. Higher water temperatures also age system components faster. Lower water temps actually extend the life of these mechanical components.

Forced air systems not only blow hot air, they also push allergens, dust and other airborne particles to every room in your home. Improved indoor air quality can reduce allergies, medical bills, incidences of asthma and more. European studies indicate that dust mite populations are reduced as much as 90% in radiant heated homes. And a quiet, peaceful environment, (devoid of noisy fans and blowers), is a healthier and more relaxing environment too.

There are also no limitations when using Warmboard with what flooring you can use. Wide plank hardwood, thick wool rugs, slate, marble and tile all work seamlessly with Warmboard. So you can choose the flooring you want and also have the peace of mind that the radiant heat system won't damage them.

If you are thinking about remodeling your home keep in mind that radiant heating is one of the best investments that you can make. Not only is radiant heat a solid investment for resale value, but it is also unparalleled in terms of comfort, efficiency and healthy indoor air quality. Warmboard radiant heat is truly the pinnacle of whole home heating.

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