Materials & Technology

How Warmboard radiant heating systems save money for homeowners

Thu, 02/09/2012 - 10:45

Although it may help to acquire an advanced engineering degree to understand thermodynamics, it is not necessary to have this knowledge to understand why Warmboard radiant heating systems are able to save a homeowner money when compared to other products.

The most efficient radiant heating system needs to have high conductivity in order to minimize the amount of energy needed to heat a home, as the panels in a system should be able to transmit the heat without requiring high water temperatures to do so.

"The job of a radiant panel is to have heat flow from heated water in radiant tubing running under your floor through the conductive radiant panel, and into your home at a rate that equals your home’s heat loss," Warmboard noted.

The heat loss is caused by the amount of air that is able to flow from inside of a home all the way outside, and this is determined in large part by the conductivity of the walls.

For optimum energy efficiency, walls should be as low in conductivity as possible and the radiant panels in heating systems should be highly conductive.

The material that is used for the tubing of a radiant heating system plays a significant role in this relationship, and the aluminum that is used by Warmboard is the most conductive product in the radiant heating industry.

Though other products use thicker tubing, which makes placing flooring on top of the heating system difficult, the Warmboard system is able to provide more heat at lower temperatures because of the conductivity of its aluminum tubing.

These low water temperatures that can be used for Warmboard radiant heating systems also allow homeowners to use energy efficient technologies to provide the heat for the water. These include geothermal, solar and fuel cell cogeneration.