Radiant in Residential

An examination of Warmboard: Subfloor for Radiant Heating

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 10:59

The type of heating system that a homeowner chooses for their residence can have a profound impact on the energy costs that their family is responsible for, as well as the overall health and comfort of these people.

A radiant heating system can provide a family with the right type of warmth for their home during winter months, along with helping to limit the environmental and health impact that more conventional heaters are sometimes responsible for.

Older technology allows dust to accumulate in the radiators, heating ducts and air vents that are necessary for it to operate. These older systems also lead to a rise in heating costs, because of the high amount of parasitic heat loss and other inefficiencies.

According to Green Buildings, Warmboard, invented in 1992, is a radiant heating system that helps to limit energy consumption, the environmental impact of heaters and the amount of allergens and contaminants that are generated by heating systems.

This system heats water, which is then conducted through floorboards, according to the news source. These systems are compatible with both solar thermal and geothermal technology, though it can also be used with electricity, natural gas or propane.

Green Buildings reported that a study performed at Kansas State University showed that radiant heated homes are 25 percent more efficient than those that use forced air systems. Warmboard has said that their product will lower an energy bill by 20-to-40 percent.

According to the news source, the Warmboard system is the most conductive of radiant heat systems, and this allows it to use lower water temperatures to provide an equal heat to residences. This means maximized energy savings for families that use this technology.