Materials & Technology

False promises in energy efficient heating: Determining which products deliver results

Fri, 03/02/2012 - 10:54

While some products in the energy efficient heating market are able to deliver positive results and savings for a customer, others are based on false promises that hurt the consumer's wallet due to up front costs.

Some products, like a Warmboard radiant heating system, actually do help to lower both the energy consumption and costs for a homeowner, especially during the cold winter months.

While other radiant heating products are advertised as being able to save the consumer a significant amount on their bills during the winter months, the results are less-than-advertised and end up hurting the wallet due to the high up-front costs.

Warmboard radiant heating systems are able to deliver the results that are promised, as the technology uses a different panel than its competitors. This product relies on the delivery of heat through its highly-conductive aluminum tubing, allowing the homeowner to limit the energy that is needed to operate the system.

Although other radiant heating systems need to have the water that is pumped through the system heated to a high temperature, the conductive nature of the Warmboard tubing allows the consumer to use temperatures that are significantly less. Because the water doesn't have to be heated as much, the homeowner only has to use a small amount of energy to keep their house warm.

Other products, such as radiant barriers, have been discredited in terms of the savings that are actually delivered, when compared those that were advertised. The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that radiant barriers, which cost more than $2,000 to install, only deliver savings of $10 to $40 a year for states in the northern U.S., according to Northland News Center.

The DOE is encouraging people to think twice before buying a radiant barrier for their home to save on energy, the news source reported.